Steamed Egg Custard & Spicy Pork

Who says eggs are just for breakfast? This Chinese steamed egg custard with a Thai-style spicy pork topping is the chilli-laden dinner you never knew you needed. Smooth, creamy and satisfying, it also makes a hot and fiery breakfast.

10 minutes
15 minutes

1 tbsp vegetable oil

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 birdseye red chillies, finely chopped

1 tbsp finely chopped ginger

300g (10.5 oz) minced pork

2 tbsp doubanjiang*

1 tbsp whole Sichuan peppercorns

2 tbsp Chinese soy sauce

2 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp Chinese Shaoxing wine

1 tsp caster (superfine) sugar

2 tbsp chicken stock (or water)

3 spring onions (scallions), finely sliced

chilli oil, to serve (optional, try my homemade chilli oil recipe)

Steamed egg:

100ml (3.5 oz) unsweetened soy milk

6 eggs, whisked lightly and strained

1 tbsp Chinese soy sauce

  • Step 1

    For the steamed egg, whisk the soy milk, eggs and soy sauce in a large bowl until combined. Pour the egg mixture into a shallow serving bowl (leave yourself about 2 centimetres leeway for the egg to expand as it cooks). Place the bowl in a bamboo steamer over a wok or pan of boiling water and steam for 10 minutes or until the egg is just set. Turn the heat off but keep warm by leaving the egg in the steamer while you make your pork.

  • Step 2

    Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, chilli and ginger. Stir-fry for half a minute until it’s smelling lovely. Next, add the pork and stir-fry for a couple of minutes until the pork is just cooked.

  • Step 3

    Add the doubanjiang chilli bean paste and the Sichuan peppercorns, then stir-fry for another half a minute to release all those wonderful flavours and aromas. Stir through the soy sauce, oyster sauce, Shaoxing wine, sugar and chicken stock. Simmer for 4-5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly. Turn the heat off and toss through spring onion.

  • Step 4

    Top the steamed egg custard with the spicy pork and drizzle with chilli oil, if using. Serve warm.

What is doubanjiang?

Doubanjiang is a Chinese fermented broad bean and chilli paste. It can be found at an Asian grocer or ordered online.

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