Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Red Eggs 红鸡蛋

Today about egg again !!
Red egg is a must have item when Chinese family celebrating Birthday, baby's full month, wedding & etc. My son Lucas turned to perfect 10 yesterday, as usual, I prepared some red eggs and cooked Hokkian Mee Suah soup (flour vermicelli in soup) for him.


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How to get this sharp and nice red on the hard-boiled eggs?
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My mom taught me by using rice vinegar mix with Rose syrup (widely used by Malay to making drink) to dye red colour on hard-boiled eggs. You may replace with red food colouring if you couldn't find rose syrup. I like the rose syrup give rosy smell on the egg. Using rice vinegar is to coat the colour easily on hard-boiled eggs.
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Chinese Red Eggs 红鸡蛋
(recipe source : by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover)

IMG_3967 copy 10 hard-boiled eggs
1 tbsp rice vinegar
½ tbsp Rose syrup

Method
1. Mix rice vinegar and rose syrup together in a small bowl.
2. Dye egg in red syrup one at a time, using chopsticks to stir and coat well the whole egg.









As usual, I use my favourite tulip crystal bowl that I bought during my trip to Keukenhof Tulip garden in Holland to serve these red eggs!
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**I will share with you the Hokkian Mee Suah soup (flour vermicelli in soup) in my next post, stay tuned !

48 comments:

Anncoo said...

Hey Sonia! Beautiful shots! Looks like from food magazine. Love the crystal bowl :)

tigerfish said...

Happy Birthday to Lucas!
My family used to cook Hokkien Mee Suah + an egg for our birthdays too, but not anymore.

ICook4Fun said...

Oooh I learn something new today. We used to color the eggs with red coloring and vinegar. Never thought of using rose syrup for it. Great idea. My mom too will cook mee sua and 2 hard boiled eggs for us on our birthday. Is the Hokkien thing :)

~ 仪仪妈咪 ~ said...

wah ... the colour of the egg is very nice!!!! Today i learn a new way to prepare red egg!Thanks

cikmanggis said...

Happy bday to lucas and i like red eggs:)

Anh said...

This reminds me of the red eggs I saw with the Easter bread in the Greek pastry shops! Very pretty!

And Happy birthday to lucas!

Watierman, rmanbkr said...

Happy Birthday to Lucas!....Hello there Sonia...I just blog hop into your lovely blog...and really ..I find it interesting...do you mind me following your blog?....May be a I could learn some cooking tips and experiences from you...if you don't mind!...

Bakeling said...

These are lovely red eggs !

Thanks for sharing the idea of how to dye the eggs in red evenly.

I will be waiting for the rest of the makan makan !

tasteofbeirut said...

Love to learn new tricks! Thanks for sharing and the eggs look so cheerful!

Padhu said...

This is so new and sounds so interesting to me. Love the color of the eggs, the recipe and the pics!! Keep rocking!!

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... said...

Happy birthday to Lucas.

I've never thought of using the Sirap Ros to do it, actually cheaper than buying a bottle of Star brand food colouring. Further, it'll give the eggs a rosey smell. Good idea. And the eggs look so evenly coloured, so pretty.

Jobless Girl said...

It looks so beautiful and only can think of is some one celebrating birthday...

Colin Woon said...

Happy Belated Birthday Lucas!

Jeannie said...

Hi Sonia, just discovered we are from the same town! been through your lovely blog and orgling your delicious pictures!

维雄 said...

thanK you.
I need to bookmark this post for baby fullmoon.

ReeseKitchen said...

IC IC....Rose syrup! I have to do this soon Sonia, so happy that I've learn smthg from you here. May I know whether do I have to soak the egg into cold water before colouring? Coz I thought soak in cold water awhile may gv nice peeling of the shells later..;p
Thanks ya!

Somewhere in Singapore said...

Happy Belated Birthday to Lucas...

My Little Things Corner said...

Happy Birthday Lucas! Muaaack

taste traveller said...

I thought that was a late Greek Easter post - they only have red eggs for Easter. I hope Lucas has a lovely birthday - I look forward to seeing the soup.

Emily said...

Happy Birthday Lucas! A perfect ten already!

and TQ for the coloring tip!

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Sirap Rose... I don't know if we have it here... but your eggs are so evenly dyed. Mine always turn out patchy.

terri@adailyobsession said...

the color's beautifully even! i;ve never made red eggs n am afraid to try. seems hard to do.

Tina said...

Happy birthday to lucas...

Fresh Local and Best said...

I love that deep shade of red! Great tip. Happy birthday Lucas!

simply.food said...

Birthday wishes to your son.Beautiful click of the red eggs.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Belated birthday wish to Lucas. Love the bright red eggs!

noobcook said...

beautiful red! nice tip to use rose syrup instead of red food colouring :)

A Year on the Grill said...

Sonia, these are beautiful... Love the traditions. Thank you for sharing

shahana said...

Beautiful click! looks so tempting!

Mary said...

What a lovely tradition. I have never seen the red eggs before. Your photo of them is breathtaking. Have a wonderful day and give the birthday boy my best wishes.

Cheah said...

When I saw the name of the post 'Red eggs', for a moment thought it was a fullmoon for a new baby, yours maybe, ha, ha. Great pics of the eggs and happy belated birthday wishes to Lucas.

Gulmohar said...

thanks for sharing your tradition...beautiful eggs and lovely bowl :-)

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Chow and Chatter said...

Happy Birthday to your son cool eggs so much fun learning about your culture lol rebecca

Angie's Recipes said...

Happy Birthday to your son!
Yep, I remember when I was still a kid, I got a bowl of noodle soup with two eggs atop...

MaryMoh said...

Happy birthday to your son! I remember my mom used to make these red eggs for us during our birthdays when we were young...with mee suah. We all love that.

lilyng said...

happy birthday lucas

PranisKitchen said...

Happy birthday to ur son Lucas..
Really wonderful eggs.
nice pics..really liked it

HS Kitchen And Hobby said...

Happy Birthday to Lucas. Very nice shots of the red eggs. Thanks for sharing.

Dinners and Dreams said...

This is so new to me. Thank you so much for sharing this. I love learning about other cultures.

Nisrine

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Dear all, Thank you for stopping by. I have a brilliant mom who came out with this new idea of using rose syrup for red eggs, do try out.

watierman, glad to know that you, welcome to my blog.

Jeannie, welcome to my blog, will check your blog later.

Reese, I did not soak in water, just let it cool in room temp. As I know from my mom, new egg is difficult to peel the shell, old egg is easy to remove.

Cheah, hahaha, sorry, my factory already closed long time ago..

Cool Lassie, Thanks will check later

Nisrine, this is good about blogging, we each other learn other cultures via blogging..

gaga said...

I was always wondering how they made them red. Rose syrup seems nice, I've never seen it.

J.O said...

迟来的生日祝福
祝你家Lucas健康快乐
happy birthday^^

对了~如果我用红色素加醋
那出来效果是一样的吗?
因为rose syrup这东西我没有喝叻

Olive said...

beautiful red eggs..happy birthday to your son :)

Mama Holli said...

How BEAUTIFUL!!! Red is my favorite color and what a wonderful tradition!

kat said...

Your red eggs look almost like stone eggs - so even and vivid the color! Nice! I've never known how to make such perfect eggs. What is the ratio of vinegar and red coloring? Do we immerse the hot egg into the color mix? Or wait until it cools down? Thank you for any tips! :)

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

gaga, ya, rose syrup is new, my mom invented this!

J.O, the result should be the same, but use rose syrup is more healthy since we use to drink them and it bring some nice rose smell. I guess their price is almost same, why not buy this and try it out.

Olive, Thanks for stopping by and Thanks for your wishes.

Mama Holli, now I know you like red too.

Kat, sorry, I did not actually record down the actual measurement as I thought everyone also know how to dye this red eggs. But next time I will record it down and share with yours. I wait till eggs cools down and just lightly coat in the color mixture till colour is even. Hope this helps!

Rebecca said...

Sonia thanks for showing such a wonderful photo of the red eggs. The tulip crystal bowl is so..... so pretty. If you like the smell, add in a drop of rose essence that Malaysian used to add to our agar agar. T
o boil eggs in the perfect way is to put a piece of kitchen towel in your rice pot and arrange the eggs on it, must sure that the pointed side onto the pot and the bigger side on top and add in some water, just a few spoons, less than 1/4 cup and cook as if you are cooking rice! When it popped up, let it stand 5-10 mins then pour water into the rice pot to cool them -- easy for peeling later. Drain and dry them, now you can start dye. Sonia, how you can make them so perfect! Mine has 1 spot on it as I have to let it stand on newspaper or, egg holder which came along with eggs, to dry

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