This recipe was inspired by Andy Ricker’s Khai Luak Kap Khanom Pang Ping in The Drinking Food of Thailand. I have applied different cooking techniques.
Coddled eggs are gently cooked and can run the gamut from hardly cooked to mostly cooked. They are similar to poached eggs as they traditionally are barely cooked with an intact runny yolk, but whereas poached eggs are dropped directly in the water, coddled eggs are cooked in a simmering water bath (bain-marie) in a heatproof vessel. These coddled eggs are cooked in mason jars and given an extra umami kick with some Maggi seasoning.
You could get egg coddlers, heat proof cups with lids, especially for this purpose, but I used some small 4 oz mason jars. Heat proof ramekins could also be used.
You need a shallow pan with a tight fitting lid to make a bain-marie. Water should be 3/4 high on the jars. Test this with empty jars, keeping in mind the water will be displaced. Put a trivet at the bottom of the pan to keep the jars from touching the bottom of the pan. Bring the water to a gentle simmer.
The eggs are simply flavored with salt, freshly ground white pepper, and Maggi seasoning sauce, a dark thin hydrolysed vegetable protein-based (MSG) liquid condiment that was first developed in Switzerland in the 19th century. MSG gives the liquid a rich umami flavor that only requires a few drops for impact. MSG has been used to season food for a hundred years and the “Chinese restaurant symptom” has been shown to be a fallacy so feel free to enjoy your MSG.
So I was really craving one of those spectacular Asian style omelets with mussels or crab, but alas there was a dearth of seafood in the fridge. However, there were some quick cook egg noodles which in turn brought to mind leftover spaghetti frittatas (delicious), and then there was some fish sauce vinaigrette already on hand so this recipe sprang up. Pretty tasty and the fresh herbs on top add a nice refreshing touch.
1 cup quick cook egg noodles
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 shitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1 red chili pepper
1 bird’s eye chili pepper
1 1/2 cups bok choy, sliced, stems and greens separated
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
A few sprigs cilantro, mint and Thai basil
1 cup bean sprouts
1/2 teaspoon ginger
3 green onions thinly sliced
6 tablespoons fish sauce vinaigrette
2 tablespoons roasted salted peanuts, chopped
Hot sauce to taste
Cook egg noodles according to directions. Drain. Put in large bowl.
In small frying pan heat all but 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Add 1 shallot and fry until crisp. Drain on paper towel.
Heat remaining tablespoon vegetable oil in 10″ nonstick frying pan over medium high heat. Add remaining shallot, garlic, mushrooms, chilies, and stems of bok choy. When mushrooms and bok choy have softened, about 7 minutes, add greens of bok choy. Cook 2 more minutes. Add to egg noodles.
Beat eggs and add to noodles and vegetables. Add soy sauce. Mix well.
Wipe frying pan clean and place back over medium heat. Add egg mixture and cook until lightly browned on bottom, about 5 minutes.
Place under broiler until browned on top, about 3 minutes. Invert onto large plate.
Combine bean sprouts, ginger, and fish sauce viniagrette.
Top frittata with bean sprouts, mint, basil, cilantro, green onions, fried shallots, peanuts and hot sauce and serve.