The poached egg is a rarity and served only to sick or old family members. But if you mix it with ingredients you usually have with sunny side up eggs- it is the healthier dish. The Puto Breakfast Stack though leans more toward the tasty than the healthy.
PUTO BREAKFAST STACK
- 1 White puto (steamed rice cake)
- 1 slice cheddar cheese
- 1 poached egg
- 1/2 tsp. salted butter
To make, simply stack the cheese, poached egg and salted butter on the puto. Slice into the egg as you serve.
***Now that was relatively easy. Let's get on to the hard part- poaching an egg.
I did a bit of research and found several ways to do it- by using a saran wrap, by using a ladle and the the traditional way of simply dropping an egg into a boiling pot of water and mixing furiously. I tried all of these. I ended up poaching several dozens of eggs and found myself an easy way.
MIKE'S EASY POACHING METHOD
|Crack an egg on a ladle|
|In a 6-inch frying pan, let water boil to a roll. once it boils, gently place the egg in the pan.|
|Swirl the water, as done traditionally. once the egg white hardens, lift the egg with a slotted spoon|
|Here's how the poached egg should look like|
SARAN WRAP POACHING
|In a bowl, place a square piece of saran wrap. Crack an egg into the wrap.|
|Tie the wrap up. In a pan, let water boil to a roll and place the saran-wrapped egg.|
|Once the egg white hardens, take it out of the water.|
|Cut the plastic off|
|And this is what the poached egg will look like.|
|Crack an egg into a ladle|
|In a pan, let water boil. Before it comes to a rolling boil, put the ladled into the pan.|
|Once the egg white hardens, lift it out of the water and scrape it off the ladle.|
|This is how it should look like|
1. If the eggs are not very fresh, you may mix 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon vinegar for every quart of water used. This is not to enahce the taste of the egg but rather to help the the egg whites coagulate better.
2. Simmering time- 3-5 minutes, Make sure the water is hot and bubbling slightly.
3. Always drain the water, before serving the egg.