Friday, November 18, 2011

Eggs around the world

Hard boiled, poached, sunny side up or scrambled; breakfast, lunch, dinner or midnight snack: the egg is always with us. Forget what you think you know about who came first, and see what dishes the egg makes an appearance in from Latin America to Asia.

Uitsmijter: Holland
A simple dish from the Dutch. A fried egg and slice of ham are placed on a piece of bread and sprinkled with cheese.

Scotch Eggs: UK
The UK knows pub food. It was only a matter of time before
 someone learned how to deep fry eggs.
Apparently, the secret lies in covering a hard-boiled egg in sausage meat and breading it first. Cut it in half and it looks like a cross section of the earth.

Lomo a Lo Pobre: Chile
This Chilean dish speaks to the heart of all Americans. If a loin-cut of steak topped with 2 fried eggs playing comforter on a bed of fried onions doesn’t wake you up hungry, the generous serving of golden french fries probably will. 

Chivito: Uruguay
This lunchtime sandwich in Uruguay should not be compared to your processed turkey and cheese on white. Thinly sliced filet mignon is served on a bun with mayo, olives, mozzarella, tomatoes, bacon, lettuce, and either a hard-boiled or fried egg. Pure class!

Chorrillana: Chile
ery similar to Lomo a Lo Pobre, Chorrillana is another Chilean dish that will ping the glutton sensor in your brain and put you right to bed. It’s fajita-style beef, sauteed with eggs and onions served up on a bushel of fries.

Huevos Rancheros: Mexico 
Although this dish has become very Americanized through Tex-mex styling, huevos rancheros is actually a very traditional Mexican breakfast dish. At its core, it’s just fried eggs on fried corn tortillas covered in salsa.

Croque-Madame: France
I’ll give it to France, they have a way of making simple dishes into culinary art. The croque-madame is a regular grilled cheese sandwich with ham, topped off with a fried egg. 

Hamburger Schnitzel: Austria

The Austrian schnitzel is famous because of it’s funny name. It’s basically just a flattened piece of meat (usually veal) that is breaded and fried. A hamburger schnitzel takes it to the next level by adding a fried egg to the top.

Egg Tart: China
In Hong Kong, eggs are a staple of traditional dessert. Pastry crust is filled with sweetened egg custard and can be found at many Asian bakeries the world over.

Chakchouka: Algeria
This dish is popular in Northern Africa and has made its way to Israel where it’s eaten as breakfast. A spicy tomato sauce with peppers simmers up and the eggs are poached in the sauce.

Bibimbap: Korea
When Asian countries introduced us to the art of cooking food at our tables, the world was enchanted. Korean Bibimbap is a variation of this concept.
Steamed rice and loads of vegetables (cucumber, zucchini, mushrooms, beansprouts, carrots etc.) are served in a skin-meltingly-hot stone bowl with a raw egg. The ingredients are mixed and cooked together by the bowl at the table with a chili-pepper paste. 

Nasi Goreng: Indonesia
Nasi Goreng translates basically to fried rice, and is
 considered to be Indonesia’s national dish. Simply, it’s made of day-old rice and packed with egg, prawns, soy sauce, and spices that are as varied as the cooks that prepare it. The Indonesians usually crown the dish with a whole, fried egg

Bokkeumbap: Korea
Bokkeumbap is another fried rice dish that usually features a whole fried egg on top. The difference is the kimchi.

Ramen: Japan
Little more than a college joke in America, ramen is taken quite seriously in Japan.
With hundreds of dedicated ramen restaurants, the Japanese have perfected the art of the noodle soup. Commonly, ramen features a piece of sliced pork, seaweed, and a halved hard-boiled egg floating around.

Eggs Benedict: USA
Eggs Benedict is one American egg dish that gets it right. Instead of beating the egg into submission, it is poached and placed respectfully on a pedestal of English muffin and ham and decorated with a medal of Hollandaise sauce. A rich breakfast to add glamor to the start of your day.

Doro Wat: Ethiopia
Doro Wat is chicken in a spicy, peppery sauce. Called Ethiopia’s national dish, the recipe is a complicated favorite that calls for berbere paste. When it’s done, a hard boiled egg or two is added and it’s served with injera

Burger with The Lot: Australia
I’m not sure who decided to put a fried egg on a burger, but the Aussies ran away with the idea. The egg plays best supporting actor to the beef patty on this colossal burger.
Pineapple, beet root, caramelized onions, bacon, lettuce, and tomato round out the burger with just enough toppings and flavor to make your mandibles ache. Argentina also adds fried eggs to their burgers if you order a completo.

Loco Moco: Hawaii
If you speak Spanish, the name might be deceptive, but spend any time in Hawaii and you’ll probably come across a very simple dish that is begging to be devoured. Loco Moco is layered fried egg, hamburger patty, and steamed rice drenched in brown gravy.

Arroz a la Cubana: Spain
“Cuban-style rice” is a popular dish in Spain, Peru, and the Philippines. Steamed, white rice is topped with a Spanish favorite, Sofrito.

Sofrito is made by adding sauteed onions, garlic, and green peppers to crushed or fresh tomatoes. A fried egg is served to the side or right on top.

Chakchouka: Algeria

This dish is popular in Northern Africa and has made its way to Israel where it’s eaten as breakfast. A spicy tomato sauce with peppers simmers up and the eggs are poached in the sauce.