Blending sweet and savory has always been a well-loved technique by many home cooks and professional chefs alike. From salted caramel sauce to candied bacon and pineapple on pizza, there’s something irresistible about the blurring boundaries between two contrasting flavours. One of the most popular food trends that has definitely made its mark in Asia is salted egg yolk. At its prime, salted egg accumulated a cult-like status – everything the golden gooey substance turns better.
Here’s what to expect in Canada when your craving for salted egg flavour hits.
Buttery flaky crust filled with a copious amount of creamy salted egg custard is on these bakeries’ bestselling list.
Bake Code is a Taiwanese chain that incorporates Asian flairs with French techniques, so you can expect pork floss buns and moon cakes, as well as unique treats like taro mousse cakes and black sesame Swiss rolls.
Likewise, Hazukido’s concept is an embodiment of the East-meets-West culture. While this brand originates from Taiwan, it adopts the Japanese Shokunin spirit, using premium butter from France and flour from Japan.
Salted egg sponge cake (with or without pork floss), or bánh bông lan trứng muối in Vietnamese, is a popular snack among the community but lesser known outside the circle, because sellers mostly operate from their home kitchens and reach customers through Facebook groups.
Don’t feel like going through the hassle of pre-ordering and waiting? Visit Oats Kafe, which also has salted egg cupcakes in their daily selection of pastry.
If you’re looking to spice up your snack routine, try salted egg chips, crispy fish skins and seaweeds. They are not exactly the healthiest, but because of the price point, think of them as an occasional indulgent treat! Find these online at HaiSue or Sukoshi Mart.
At various Chatime’s branches, you can find Irvins, the Singaporean brand known for its wide range of salted egg products.
Bun – Liu Sha Bao
Those who try liu sha bao (salted egg custard bun, also goes by the name lava bun) for the first time should be careful. You want to be gentle but assertive at the same time. A shy small bite won’t allow the steaming hot custard to ooze out and douse the soft skin of the bun with its salty sweet taste and creamy mouthfeel. But go a little too far and risk burning your mouth while making a mess of yourself when the golden lava flows out of control.
Check your favorite dim sum restaurants or Chinese bakeries to see if they have liu sha bao on the menu! Another good alternative is Likofu Phoenix Custard Bun, which can be found at T&T Supermarket.
If you love salted caramel sauce on a scoop of vanilla ice cream, salted egg yolk is the flavor you might like! The eggy hint is subtle enough for you to detect. Its saline note cuts through the sweet ice cream, leaving you wanting more.
Try the black sesame salted duck egg at Wong’s Ice Cream.
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