By popular request (yeah, here at ramen hq, we consider one request to be popular), we decided to delve into the world of real cooking and experimented with making hanjuku eggs. After some research, trial and error, and mixing and matching of different recipes, we believe we’re off to a good start.
To prepare the marinade, mix 1 cup of water with 1/3 cup of shoyu (3 parts water to 1 part shoyu). Bring the mixture to a boil in a pot or just zap it in the microwave. Once it starts to boil, mix in 4 teaspoons of brown sugar until it completely dissolves. Set it aside and be sure to allow some time to let it cool off.
One of the keys to a good hanjuku egg is to properly soft-boil the egg. First, bring 4 cups of water to a boil, then add 1 cup of cold water to cool the boiling water (keep the fire going though). This step is essential for preventing cracked eggs (believe us!). Gently put the eggs in the pot and boil for 7 to 7-1/2 minutes. Be sure to slowly stir the eggs ocassionally to help the yolk cook evenly and to keep it centered.
Once the eggs are done, immediately put them into a cup/bowl of ice water for about 3-4 minutes. This will cause the egg white to shrink away from the shell slightly, which will make it easier to shell the eggs.
Shell the eggs: work slowly and be extremely careful. Because the eggs aren’t hard-boiled, the egg white will be very delicate and prone to break. This was the hardest step (for us, anyway) in making hanjuku eggs.
When ready to eat, the egg whites should be a nice dark tan color. The yolk will be a golden orange and have an almost jello-like consistency. Itadakimasu!
For more advanced cooks, hanjuku egg marinades usually call for mirin, a sweet Japanese rice wine used in cooking. Since we didn’t have any mirin handy, we substituted brown sugar. Feel free to experiment with different amounts of marinade ingredients. Also try adding some vinegar, or even using instant ramen soup mix. If you have your own hanjuku recipe, or have any tips you’d like to share, please leave a comment below or send us a note!