Thai beach food
Sat one day having a beer at Ska Bar on the beach at Kata Beach, Phuket, when up strolls this chap with what looked like boiled eggs in baskets on his pole. Street food hits the beach it seems – truly Thai beach food. But what was it he was selling? Was it just boiled eggs or something more? Let’s explore!!!
In those baskets were actually BBQ eggs, and they were flipping gorgeous.
I have had an attempt at making them and it is bloody hard and not as nice. I suggest, therefore, that you jump on a plane, head to Phuket, get to the beach, buy a cold one at Ska Bar and wait for this guy to rock up! I think to make this you have to blow the eggs in to a bowl (small hole at either end of the shell, and blow), mix up the eggs with some fish sauce, soy sauce and salt and pepper and then somehow get the liquid mix back in the egg. Once back in the egg this guy then walks around with the BBQ burning on one end of his stick and beautifully BBQ’d eggs on the other end of his stick – bloody amazing. Pour a little seasoning sauce and grab your beer. This is a match made in heaven, this truly is Thai beach food.
Amazingly too is that a year or so later, Ollie and I were in Cambodia visiting some orphanages and bugger me they were selling these eggs there too. Prepared and sold in exactly the same way. Sometimes it is quite amazing how food crosses country borders sometimes.
Ingredients – “I think?”;
- 6 Eggs;
- 2 tablespoons light Soy Sauce;
- Big pinch black pepper;
- Big pinch sea salt;
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1;
- 4 Spring onions very finely chopped; and
- Wooden Skewers for BBQing.
- Clean the eggs on the outside, then break a small hole in the top and bottom, approximate 1.5 cms in diameter;
- Empty the yolk and white of the eggs into a bowl by blowing them;
- Mix the egg with the light soy, fish sauce , spring onion and black pepper, then refill the shell with the seasoned egg mixture;
- Use a funnel or even a syringe to do this – and yes it is bloody hard to do;
- Stack the eggs upright and steam for 8 minutes – 1st phase of cooking;
- Take a wooden skewer and poke it through the egg, so that is comes out the other end of the shell – hole to hole. You’ll get 3 eggs on each skewer;
- Then simply BBQ on the grill for 10 minutes. It really does taste better of you can BBQ it over coals.