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Tam Ra Ahan Thai (Thai Recipes) ตำราอาหารไทย

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Khai Khem (Salty Eggs) ไข่เค็ม

Recipe from: Real Thai by Nancy McDermott
Servings: 9

This Chinese invention is loved by Thais, who serve salty eggs as a contrast to the incendiary heat of a green curry or a bland dish. Kai kem is traditionally made with duck's eggs, which are cured for several weeks in a simple salt brine. Once cured, they keep for many months at room temperature, and are boiled when it's time to eat them.

4 cups water
1 cup salt
9 duck or chicken eggs

In a medium saucepan, combine the water and salt and stir well with a large spoon to dissolve some of the salt. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. After mixture boils rigorously for about 1 minute, remove from the heat, stir once more, and cool to room temperature.

Gently arrange the eggs in a crock or large jar. Pour the cooled brine over the eggs, making sure they are completely submerged. Cover and keep in a cool place for 1 month.

When you're ready to use the eggs, place the number of eggs you want in a small pan and add cold water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. When the water reaches a rolling boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Peel and serve.

Note:
Salty or Salted eggs are sold uncooked in Asian markets. Often they are covered with ¼-inch layer of charcoal colored ash. Rinse off the ash and cook as above.


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