Since when these rich, fatty orange-yellow salted duck egg yolks become so HIP?
I mean, we used to just have them simply within mooncakes, or matched with plain porridge.
Not anymore. A few years ago, Liu Sha Bao aka Golden Custard Buns were in the rage in Singapore. Then, we saw Salted Egg Yolk zhi char dishes gained popularity like Salted Egg prawns, sotong and crabs.
The trend has moved on to finding Salted Egg Yolk in toasts, lava cakes, waffles, xiao long bao. I will still say go easy on them, mind your cholesterol.
25 Unique Salted Egg Yolk Food In Singapore – Liu Sha Let It Flow!
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Holland Avenue 241 Singapore 278976 (Holland Village MRT)
Tel: +65 6463 0968
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily
Also available at: Vivocity, Bugis Junction, Great World City, Jurong Point JP2, Ngee Ann City, Blk 470 Toa Payoh Lor 6
Salted Egg Yolk Xiao Long Bao
Well, do not expect the Xiao Long Bao to flow like a ‘liu sha bao’. The first reaction I got on the first bite of the orange-tinted Xiao Long Bao was, “Like the filling of a mooncake.” Or perhaps the inside of a ‘bak chang’.
The salted egg yolk with chunks of minced pork in thin dumpling skin still worked well in combination, though I wished there was more of the savoury broth.
Five and Dime
297 River Valley Road Singapore 238338
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 12am (Fri), 10am – 12am (Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun)
Salted Egg Yolk Lava Cake
East meets west? The chocolate lava cake is once-upon-a-time the IT café food where diners get thrilled watching oozing molten chocolate out of a hot cake. Not so anymore.
Bring it a level up, add molten salted egg yolk inside. This comes in a dim sum basket (relevant, or pretentious), though would have preferred the dessert of a bigger size. Rich bitter-sweet chocolate and slight salted egg yolk is a new imperfect relationship which somehow works.
(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape)
65 Tras Street Singapore 079004
Opening hours: 11:30am – 11pm (Mon-Sat), 11:30am – 5pm (Sun)
May May is sister restaurant to Blue Ginger Restaurant, drawing Asian elements in its creation of soon.
The Liu Sha Custard Doughnuts ($5++) was successfully soft and fluffy that left us craving for more. The thick gooey salted egg yolk custard that flows out so elegantly. A pity the sugar fairy decided to drop with more than a teeny weeny bit of sugar.
22 Scotts Rd, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221
Tel: +65 6730 1704
Black Egg Custard Buns
Sexy black oozing with smooth yellow custard. These Mini Black Charcoal Egg Custard Buns ($4.20++ for 3 pieces) with soft skin and oozing fillings are available on Min Jiang’s a la carte dim sum menu during lunch only; and occasionally on the Local High Tea Buffet (rotating menu) at Coffee Lounge from Fridays to Sundays, eve of and on Public Holidays ($39++ per adult, $19.50++ per child).
121 Hougang Avenue 1, #01-1348, Singapore 530121(Kovan MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 4pm, 5.30pm – 9pm (Mon, Wed-Fri), 9am – 4pm, 5.30pm – 9pm (Sat-Sun), Closed Tue
Salted Yolk Croissant
$7.50 for a Salted Yolk Croissant?
Taste-wise, the salted egg was thicker, more “gao” (heavy) and on the sweeter side, similar to that of a liu sha bao (lava custard bun). The fillings were generous, covered by crispy, buttery and flaky exterior. Surprisingly.
Singaporeans went on a frenzy over the croissant though, causing it to be sold out minutes after the shop opens.
The East Bureau Modern Pan Asian Restaurant & Bar
6 Raffles Boulevard #03-03 Marina Square Singapore 039594
Tel: +65 68370148
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm Lunch, 6pm – 11pm Dinner (Sun – Thurs); 12pm – 3pm Lunch 6pm – 12am Dinner
Salted Egg Yolk Cream Puff
This dessert could be a hit, having a combination of some of our favourite fillings. A Menage A Trois ($19) – mini croquembouche tower of ‘Bo Luo’ Cream Puff filled With Salted Egg Yolk Creme Patisserie, whipped Orh Nee Paste and Black Sesame Soy Milk Bavarian bound by coconut caramel and adorned with desiccated coconut.
#01-102 Millenia Walk Singapore 039596
Tel: +65 6238 7893
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 9:30pm Daily
Salted Yolk Tart
My new found love, was the Peach & Salted Yolk Tart ($7.50) from Tart Blanc which contained slices of bruleed peaches sitting on top a sour cream coffee cake with a molten salted yolk filling.
Reminded me of a very good Hong Kong egg tart. Divine.
31 Ah Hood Road, HomeTeamNS-JOM Clubhouse, #01-06, Singapore 329979 (15 min walk from Toa Payoh MRT)
Tel: +65 62561484
Opening Hours: 11am – 9.00pm Daily (Closed last Tues of the month)
Liu Sha Donuts
These donuts hit my weak spot with Liu Sha Donuts ($6). The mini, not-too-sweet fluffy donuts are served in a box of 6, with a dipping sauce at the side made with salted egg yolk custard.
KEK Keng Eng Kee Seafood Pandan Gardens
200 Pandan Garden #01-12 Singapore 609336
Tel: +65 6694 3044
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 10pm Daily
Salted Egg Yolk Crab Spaghetti
My guess is the Salted Egg Yolk Crab Spaghetti ($15) will easily become one of its best-seller.
The yellow creamy smooth-textured salted-egg yolk works beautifully with the deep fried soft shell crab, though overall I thought the pasta didn’t gel that well together.
Or at least everything tasted rather greasy as a whole. Perhaps some greens could help ease that greasiness.
7Kickstart University Cafe
Singapore Management University, 70 Stamford Road Singapore 178901 (near Li Ka Shing Library)
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon – Fri)
Liu Sha French Toast
Why do SMU students get all the good stuff?
Anyway, I love 7Kickstart – they are a fun bunch which introduces good coffee and experimental stuff. Their French Toast feels rather ‘Hong Kong’ style, with thick cut toast, egg yolk custard in the centre, drizzled with condensed milk. Better get your teammates to share lah.
16 Enggor Street #01-09 Singapore 079717
Tel: +65 68344174
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon –Thurs), 8am – 11pm (Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun)
Salted Egg Fries Salted Egg Fries should be a favourite with customers. The dip was kind of addictive, but I wished the fries were not that dry – think it was over-fried for a minute or two.
87 Science Park Dr #01-01 Oasis Singapore 118260
Tel: +65 6464 0410
Opening Hours: 11am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 11pm (Mon-Sun)
Salted Egg Sotong
Many calamari dishes tried elsewhere failed big time, usually tasting rubbery and overpowered by salted egg yolk sauce.
Diamond Kitchen’s Salted Egg Sotong ($14) was spot on – crispy deep fried, dusted with some spicy powder, evenly tossed in salted yolk mix, and did not taste overly chewy.
Chick and Ken
21 Lorong Telok, Raffles Park, Singapore 049033 (Raffles Place MRT)
Tel: +65 91507257
Opening Hours: 12pmm – 10pm (Mon-Sat), Closed Sun
Salted Egg Korean Fried Chicken Wings
Since when Korean Fried Chicken Wings contain salted egg? Anyway…
There are three types of Korean Fried Chicken available – Yangnyeom (with gochujiang, garlic and rice syrup), Ganjang (soy sauce, garlic and mirin) and Salted Egg Chicken (salted egg yolk, evaporated milk, chilli and curry leaves).
I liked the Salted Egg Chicken flavoured ones best, possibly the least Korean of it all. While the sauces were at least tasty, the chicken lacked the juiciness and crackly crust which is the hallmark of good Korean fried chicken.
1 Park Road Level 6 People’s Park Complex Singapore 059108 (Chinatown MRT)
Take shopping mall lift to Level 5, and walk 1 level up via staircase
Opening Hours: 4pm – 11pm (Tues – Thurs), 4pm – 12am (Fri), 11am – 12am (Sat), 11am – 11pm (Sun)
Salted Egg Yolk Soft Shell Crab Slider
The Salted Egg Yolk Soft Shell Crab Slider ($12) used deep fried mantou which was quite soft and fluffy, though the soft shell crab used could be more substantial.
Shaw Tower #01-25, 100 Beach Road #01-25 Singapore 189702
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9:30pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 10pm (Fri – Sat), 1pm – 7pm (Sun), Closed Last Sun
Salted Egg Yolk Ice Cream
Before all the salted egg yolk trend and local ice cream shops get more adventurous, Tom’s Palette has already been introduced the Salted Egg Yolk ice cream many years back (The shop has been around since 2005, re-inventing themselves in terms of bold flavours).
They call this the smooth savoury dessert, a harmonious blend of sweet and salty in a spoonful, which I would totally agree.
The Westin Singapore, Level 32, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961
Reservation: +65 6922 6968
Opening Hours: 6.30am – 11.00pm (Mon-Sun)
Siew Yoke with Salted Egg Yolk
Imagine some of your favourite roasts meats Roast Chicken, Char Siew and Crispy Pork Belly with creamy salted egg yolk dip.
The Siew Yoke worked best – incredibly crispy pork belly dipped with buttery salted egg yolk sauce which is of thick texture. While mustard was our previous preferred dip, we think we found a new favourite.
73 Amoy Street Second Floor Singapore 069892 (Above Alati Greek Restaurant)
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm
Salted Egg Cake
This is a Salted Egg Black Sesame Cake ($9), supposedly sponge cake like texture, a layer of salted egg cream in the centre and salted egg crumble at the top.
Has the potential, but the cake texture was towards the drier side (perhaps because it has been left outside for a while with no chiller). If they could add a salted egg drizzle, may make things work better.
(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape)
Olivo Bistro & Bakery
Aperia Mall #02-03 Singapore 339511
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Salted Egg Quiche
Calorie alert. Salted egg with bak kwa in QUICHE? We liked the crumply crust of the quiche, the addition of salty bak kwa pieces, though there could be more pronounced salted egg filling.
753 North Bridge Road #01-01, Singapore 198721
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 1am (Fri – Sat)
Waffle with Salted Egg
Blackish charcoal waffles with double scoops of ice cream, but the true show-stopper is a pot (or cup) of warm salted egg sauce drizzled over.
FatCat Ice Cream Bar
Blk 416 Bedok North Avenue 2 #01-25, Singapore 460416
Opening Hours: 1pm – 9:30pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs), 1pm – 10:30pm (Fri), 12pm – 10:30pm (Sat), 12pm – 9:30pm (Sun)
Salted Egg Charcoal Choux
FatCat which first created waves with their charcoal waffles with salted egg drizzle went a step further with Salted Egg Charcoal Choux, served hot and crispy and creamy fillings.
Note: Fresh batches, limited quantities, run out fast, better enquire before going down.
Tong Le Private Dining
60 Collyer Quay, OUE Tower, Level 8 & 10, Singapore 049322
Tel: +65 6634 3233
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Salted Egg Lava Cake with Passion Fruit Ice Cream
Available as part of the tasting menu and as special order (for example a birthday), the Salted Egg Lava Cake served at this fine dining restaurant is mini-sized and therefore did not taste as rich and filling.
While the passionfruit sorbet supposedly acted as a palate cleanser I suppose, the flavours were too strong and somewhat at odds with the combination. Perhaps another flavour would complement better.
The Pipe District
Gemini, 45 Science Park Road, #01-09, Singapore 117407 (Kent Ridge MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon-Sun)
Salted Egg Wings
Served in a mess tin that reminded the guys at our table of outfield days in the army, the Salted Egg Butter Wings were served with scallion and curry leaves similar to those in some tze char stalls.
The batter golden brown in colour had crispy and crunchy skin, beautifully coated with distinct salted egg sauce.
Crab Corner 蟹天王
1 Joo Koon Circle, #03-26 Singapore 629117, Singapore 629117 (next to Joo Koon MRT)
Tel: +65 6333 6969
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Salted Egg Fried Rice
Yes, yes, I could have this again (if I do not care about the cholesterol). Yang Chow style fried rice ($15) with a separate serving of salted egg with generous crab meat, then poured all over the rice.
The fried rice faced with sudden improvement once the bowl was added. You can choose to mix it up, or take three spoonful of rice with half a spoon of that thick golden yellow salted egg sauce.
Crystal Jade Prestige
8A Marina Boulevard, Marina Bay Financial Centre (Ground Plaza, entrance via lift on ground floor to L2), #02-01, Singapore 018984 (Downtown MRT)
Tel: +65 6509 9493
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 3:30pm, 6pm – 10:30pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
Salted Egg ‘Golden Sand’ Steamed Rice Roll
I was actually expecting something wetter. To my delight, the fillings were deep-fried, rather similar in texture to the dough-stick stuffed ’zha leung’ not that commonly found in Singapore.
It is not easy to achieve something that is slippery-smooth the outside, yet still crispy on the inside.
This had that added dimension – shrimp and pork for the savouriness, with a tinge of salted egg yolk flavour. Although there was mustard dip provided on the side, this roll was good enough to eat on its own.
Enjoy 25% off Tea Smoked Roasted Duck and Dim Sum in celebration of Crystal Jade Prestige’s opening. Offer is valid till 30 April 2016 on weekends (lunch till 3:30pm).
NOM – Bistro & Bakery
Macpherson Community Club Level 1 – 400 Paya Lebar Way, Singapore 379131
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Closed 1st Tues of every month and selected weekends due to events)
Salted Egg Rainbow Cake
This is the ultimate chut-pattern. Salted egg on rainbow cake, the sweetness of the rainbow cake balanced with the saltiness of the salted egg yolk.
The salted egg yolk is added into the frosting, buttercream made with caramelised butter, curry leaves and of course the salted egg yolk itself!
Let me know if there are more interesting Salted Egg items you come across.
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