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When I was growing up, without fail, my mother would prepare two half-boiled/cooked eggs for me in the morning for breakfast every day before going to school. She would put the eggs in a metal container/pot and pour in boiling water and leave that to stand and let the eggs cook. Of course, everything would depend on how long I took to wake up and get ready for school and have breakfast. Thus, sometimes, I would have them perfectly done while sometimes, the yolk would have gone hard while the white was still soft. Sometimes, I did not feel like having the eggs so my mother would place them on top of the rice after it was cooked and I would have them, hard-boiled/cooked, for lunch when I came home from school.

I noticed that they did it differently in the coffee shops though. They would pour hot boiling water into the metal container and they would place it over some red-hot charcoal where they usually put their coffee pots to brew for a while. By the time they served the eggs, sometimes they would be perfect but at other times, the yolk would still be runny and the egg white would have gone hard – but hey!!! I loved it a lot more this way than the so-called perfect ones and to this day, whenever I cook half-boiled/cooked eggs, I would try to get them exactly like that.

My blogger-friend had a post in her blog the other day on how to get perfect soft-boiled eggs or what I call half-boiled or half-cooked eggs. Well, you can have a look at how she does it if you like it that way but if you like it the way I like it, this is how you go about it.

First, you fill the saucepan with water and put the eggs (straight from the fridge) in it and turn on the fire…

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Leave the lid off for the eggs may explode due to the sudden change in temperature and you will end up with an awful mess.

Once you see some bubbles in the water…

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…that means that the water is hot enough and has started to boil. Cover the saucepan with the lid so that it will boil faster/sooner.

When the water has started to boil vigorously…

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…take off the lid and let the water go on  boiling for another minute.

Remove the saucepan from the fire and let it stand under running water from the tap in the kitchen sink. This will stop the cooking right away (the heat in the boiling hot water and the egg shells may go on cooking the eggs) and besides, it will cool down the eggs and make it easier for you to handle when you want to break them open.

Oops!!! I broke the yolk of the first one but the second one was o.k…

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As you can see, the white had gone all hard while the yolk was still soft and runny…

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No, I do not eat my half-boiled/cooked eggs in an egg cup with a dash of salt and pepper – I am not that sophisticated. I do it the old kopitiam (coffee shop) way in a saucer with soy sauce and pepper…

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I would mix it altogether and slurp it all down with the bits of egg white to chew at the same time.

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Ahhhh!!!! That’s the way I like it! Aha! Aha! LOL!!!