Cycle 13 – Item 115
30 (Sat) April 2022
-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-
with the Family
Continuing to experiment with gyeran jjim (see for example 12.344 Gyeran Jjim Smackdown), I’ve noticed several recipes on the internet – a recent trend? – that call for zapping the eggs in the microwave, rather than the traditional stovetop boiling/steaming, ingredients more or less the same.
Until now, I’ve always felt that microwaved eggs come out a bit funny, both in taste and texture. I zap scrambled eggs into a patty for my breakfast sandwich, which is fine because the eggs are nestled between grilled SPAM melted cheese (see 8.214 Breakfast Sandwich).
This first attempt at gyeran jjim in the microwave turned out very nice. I used a 50:50 ratio: 250 grams of eggs (5 eggs) + 250 grams of water (1 cup). Covered with wrap. Zapped for 7 minutes on high. In the end, it wasn’t as creamy/silky as the standard version, but close enough (I’ll fiddle further with cooking times/settings to improve), and cleaner in flavor without burnt bits at the bottom. What a breakthrough!
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)