EGG-CELLENT SALTED YOLK DISHES

There are many in­car­na­tions of this savoury good­ness. Here are some of them, write BEATRICE NITA JAY, SHAR­I­FAH MAHSINAH AB­DUL­LAH, GOH PEI PEI and MO­HAMED BASYIR

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1. LE MOLTEN SALTED EGG YOLK CROIS­SANT

This crois­sant sparked a huge craze when it was launched by Le Bread Days in 2015. Food­ies are ex­cited about the salted egg yolk cus­tard ooz­ing from the crois­sant. The cafe in SS2, Petaling Jaya, serves an ar­ray of crois­sants, but this one, priced at RM7.90, lives up to its name due to the runny egg yolk cus­tard made from pre­mium salted eggs from Pe­nang. The cus­tard is made fresh daily, while breads and pas­tries are baked in the morn­ing.

LO­CA­TION: Le Bread Days, 68 Jalan SS 2/72, Seksyen 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Se­lan­gor. OP­ER­AT­ING DAYS/HOURS:

2. SHORE TO PLEASE

Strangers at 47 is no stranger to lovers of savoury and sweet crepes. The home­grown eatery opened in 2014 and be­came a crowd favourite with its “Shore to Please” (RM22.50), a dish of soft crepe with Ca­jun-styled tiger prawns, crispy bat­tered squid, spinach, caramelised onions, roasted cherry to­ma­toes, thin slices of radish and salted egg yolk. The dish is pure joy to the taste buds and a must-try. LO­CA­TION: Strangers at 47, Jalan 17/45, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Se­lan­gor.

OPEN­ING DAY/HOURS: Wed­nes­day to Mon­day from 8am to 10pm. Satur­day and Sun­day from 9am to 10pm. Crepes served from 11am.

3. NASI LEMAK WITH SALTED EGG YOLK FRIED CHICKEN, CALAMARI OR LOB­STER

Ma­malee restau­rant in Petaling Jaya is run by the Khoo fam­ily. The co-owner’s mother, Mama Lee, over­sees the cre­ation of all dishes, in­clud­ing its fa­mous nasi lemak.

It is a stand­out with its fra­grant rice and spicy sam­bal, which has enough kick to bal­ance out the rich and creamy salted egg yolk sauce poured on the fried chicken.

One can opt for calamari or lob­ster to ac­com­pany this dish. Ma­malee’s nasi lemak with but­ter­milk salted egg yolk chicken (RM13) is a must-try.

LO­CA­TION: Ma­malee, 27M & 29M, Jalan SS 21/37, Da­mansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Se­lan­gor.

OPEN­ING DAY/HOURS: Mon­day to Satur­day from 7.30am to 7pm. Last or­der at 6.30pm.

4. THE ULTRAMAN SALTED EGG YOLK BURGER

If you call your­self a salted egg yolk lover, The Ultraman 3.0 (RM19) from home­grown brand myBurg­erLab is not to be missed.

The burger is made up of a fried chicken thigh drenched with salted egg yolk but­ter­milk sauce, in­fused with cili padi and blended curry leaves with let­tuce in a char­coal burger bun.

The fried chicken por­tion is gen­er­ous and flavour­ful. Add RM7 for a side or­der of fries, potato salad or mashed potato and bot­tom­less soda. The four myBurg­erLab out­lets are listed be­low:

LO­CA­TION: Sea­park Lab, 14, Jalan 21/22, Sea­Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Se­lan­gor.

OPEN­ING DAY/HOURS: Week­days from 5pm to 10.15pm and week­ends from 11am to 10.15pm. LO­CA­TION: OUG Lab, 8, Jalan Awan Hi­jau, Ta­man OUG, 58200 Kuala Lumpur.

OPEN­ING DAY/HOURS: Week­days from 5pm to 10.15pm and week­ends from 11am to 10.15pm. LO­CA­TION: Sun­way Lab, 3, Jalan PJS 11/9, Ban­dar Sun­way, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Se­lan­gor.

OPEN­ING DAY/HOURS: Daily from 11am to 5pm.

LO­CA­TION: Cy­ber­jaya Lab, Prima 4, Prima Av­enue, Block 3513, Jalan Te­knokrat 5, 63000 Cy­ber­jaya.

OPEN­ING DAY/HOURS: Mon­day to Fri­day from 11.30am to 2pm, and 5.30pm to 10pm.

5. SALTED EGG YOLK MOLTEN LAVACAKE

Soft­core in Ban­dar Sun­way lives up to ex­pec­ta­tion with its salted egg yolk molten lavacake (RM18) served with white choco­late cake, salted egg yolk cus­tard, honey corn­flakes, curry leaves, but­ter crum­ble and ice cream.

The sweet­ness from the cake and salted egg yolk cus­tard bal­ances per­fectly with the crunchy deep-fried curry leaves and ice cream. It is a sin­fully good dessert best shared with a group of friends.

LO­CA­TION: Soft­core, 56 Jalan PJS 11/7, Ban­dar Sun­way, 46150 Subang Jaya, Se­lan­gor.

OPEN­ING DAY/HOURS: Mon­day to Thurs­day, and Sun­day from 11am to 4.30pm and 6.30pm to 11pm, Fri­day and Satur­day from 11am to 4.30pm, and 6.30pm to 11.30pm.

6. SALTED EGG CRAB

In Ke­lan­tan, salted eggs are nor­mally cooked with veg­eta­bles or as a side dish to nasi ker­abu and rice por­ridge. Manok Restau­rant in Kedai Mu­long, Kota Baru, prefers to use the in­gre­di­ent with its crab dish.

Restau­rant owner Muham­mad Syawal Mah­mood, 29, said the dish was a favourite among mem­bers of the Ke­lan­tan and Brunei roy­alty.

The crab is boiled be­fore it is fried with salted eggs, and the dish is priced at an av­er­age of RM11 per 100g, de­pend­ing on the size and type of crab.

OPEN­ING HOURS: Opens daily from 4pm to 1am.

LO­CA­TION: Manok Restau­rant, Lot 47 Kam­pung Kedai Mu­long, Kota Baru, Ke­lan­tan.

7. KADAZANDUSUN SALTED EGG DISHES

Gib­ing Tra­di­tional Food and Cafe in Pe­nam­pang, Sabah, serves some of the best Kadazandusun dishes, in­clud­ing those with salted eggs. The in­gre­di­ent is of­ten cooked with wild mango (bam­ban­gan) and wild gin­ger (tuhan) en­demic to Bor­neo. Gib­ing’s most pop­u­lar salted egg dishes are eg­g­plant, bit­ter gourd, prawn, calamari, sliced fish and chicken, sprin­kled with the cafe’s se­cret tra­di­tional condi­ments. The dishes are priced be­tween RM12 and RM35.

LO­CA­TION: Gib­ing Tra­di­tional Food and Cafe, Lot 4, Block 22, Ban­dar Baru Pe­nam­pang, 89507 Pe­nam­pang, Sabah.

OPEN­ING DAY/HOURS: Daily from 9am to 10pm

8. SALTED EGG FRIED RICE

Salted egg fried rice is one of many fried rice va­ri­eties served at RNZ cafe in Jo­hor Baru.

A whole salted egg yolk is fried with other in­gre­di­ents, like chicken pieces and red chill­ies, to make the dish. The crum­bled salted egg yolk gives the dish a rich, creamy and salty taste, which goes well with the other in­gre­di­ents.

Best eaten with green chill­ies, the dish (RM8) is tasty and af­ford­able.

LO­CA­TION: RNZ Cafe 36 Jalan Padi 2, Ban­dar Baru Uda, 81200 Jo­hor Baru.

OPEN­ING DAYS/ HOURS: Sun­day to Fri­day from 10.30am to 9.30pm.

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