Mar 8

The Incredible Edible Egg–Boiled Quail’s Eggs With Toast

in Eggs & Tofu, Recipes by Type

Okay, I know, I know, the title is a little cheesy, but it was what came to mind when I started thinking about this post! What can I say? I'm a cheesy gal. I love eggs. I love them boiled, poached, scrambled, fried, and any other way you could think up to serve them to me. Japan provides many opportunities to eat eggs, whether it be the ingredients of sukiyaki being dipped in a small bowl of raw, beaten eggs before being eaten, or in oden,


or even in a "Teritama" McDonald's hamburger ("Teri" is short for teriyaki, and "tama" is short for "tamago" which means egg).

I love the beautiful golden orange color of the yolks. They are so much darker than the egg yolks in the US.
Japan also provides ample opportunity to eat eggs that are not of the chicken variety. Some popular varieties include tobiko (flying fish roe–those teeny tiny little orange balls most often seen in the US decorating a California roll) and ikura (salmon eggs–salty orange balls, much larger than tobiko, that pop delightfully in your mouth when you bite into them).

Another type of egg that is another one of my favorites is the quail egg (known here as uzura no tamago). They are found in a variety of Japanese dishes, such as yakitori, curry, nabemono, and sushi. They are often used for decorative effect in fancier dishes. There is a dish called tsukimi tororo, in which raw quail's eggs are placed on a bed of grated yam and eaten with soy sauce. Quail eggs can be found in any Japanese supermarket. They normally come in cartons of 10 (as do all eggs–they don't sell eggs by the dozen here!). I paid 140 yen for mine, which amounts to a little more than 1 US dollar.

One of my favorite easy ways to eat quail eggs is boiled with toast.

Boiled Quail's Eggs With Toast
For 2 servings:
-6 quail's eggs
-2 slices white bread (I like to but mine into long thin slices)
-salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Bring a small pan of water to boil and cook the quail's eggs for 2-3 minutes.
2. Remove the eggs from the water using a slotted spoon, rinse in cold water, and allow to cool.
3. While the eggs are cooling, grill the bread in a grill pan (you could also toast it in a toaster) over a medium-high flame for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until crisp and golden.
4. Peel the quail's eggs and transfer to a serving plate. Serve the toast alongside.
5. Season to taste.

You could also fry them in a ladle.

As you've probably guessed from all of this, E is for Egg.

Not surprisingly, my all-time favorite in the egg department is the seasonal Cadbury Cream egg.
Instead of throwing these eggs at the enemy, it is better to battle it out by eating one . . . or three . . . or how about, I'm not going to admit how many I've eaten . . . .

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Adriana March 9, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Cadbury Cream eggs are definitely my favourite eggs :)
Are you going to hide eggs for your daughter for Easter?


Jhoanna March 9, 2008 at 8:59 pm

I love eggs too! And really enjoyed this post :-) Yummo – cadbury eggs are my favourite too.


I AM VERY MARY March 10, 2008 at 12:46 am

Admittedly, I am also an egg-a-holic. My favorite is sunny side up on toast with (ready?) ketchup. Or catsup. Whichever spelling you prefer;)


Phoe March 10, 2008 at 8:11 am

I find that while I like eggs, I cannot eat them first thing in the morning.

I think I like eggs and soldiers best. :)


Meet the Dubreuils March 10, 2008 at 9:30 am

Love eggs…can eat them all the time, especially my favorite for dinner. We are quite the proponents of breakfast for dinner at my house!! Favorite candy egg though has to be the Robin egg, the crunchy chocolate is oh so yummy!! And they’re so small that really I feel no guilt eating the whole bag…well maybe just a little guilt:)


fuji mama's mama March 10, 2008 at 11:17 am

How about Dark Chocolate Cadbury Mini Eggs? Yummm,Yummm. Gotta go. Suddenly I have a need to go to the store….


Jackie March 10, 2008 at 8:27 pm

so the question is, will you be dying any eggs for easter and if so which kind of egg would you choose? :)


mushroommeadows March 11, 2008 at 10:29 am

Quail eggs boiled? That sounds really interesting. I’ve seen quail eggs at the market, but I’ve never knew what to do with them.

And, why are japanese yolks darker? That’s so weird.


Melanie Gray Augustin March 11, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Can’t say I’m a quail egg fan. I can only egg so many eggs and get turned off them for a while. I think that’s because I had pet ducks as a child and we were always having to “eat up” the duck eggs (great for baking but I hate the taste of them boiled).

Mind you, the Cadbury’s eggs… those I could eat every day.


Melissa Hodgen March 12, 2008 at 11:46 am

The only raw eggs I will eat are Cadbury.
I too love eggs and now I know why Red Robin offers a hamburger with a fried egg on top. I never have tried it, but maybe I will!


Jen March 13, 2008 at 8:36 am

YUM! Would you like me to bring you some? Cadbury that is…Great post!


suesue March 22, 2010 at 10:31 am

thanks for egg-credible article. just had tsukimi tororo last nite and was glad to find something on it. it was my 1st raw egg ever. and not bad at all!
when in berlin, germany, we had a schnitzle served to us w/a fried egg on top. the best schnitzle i ever had. *LUVs* me some eggs!


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