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Bowl of Chinese steamed egg topped with garlic and pickled cabbage.

Chinese Steamed Egg

Healthy and quick Chinese steamed egg with silky smooth texture. Top it with garlic and pickled cabbage for the perfect healthy meal.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword egg custard, steamed egg
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 196kcal


  • 3 large eggs
  • 300 ml chicken broth low sodium or unsalted
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp Chinese pickled cabbage


  • In a bowl, beat the eggs for about 1 minute or until smooth and there is no more large strands of egg whites. Transfer into a measuring cup, and you should have about 150 ml of beaten egg. Transfer to a large 7 inch bowl.
  • Add about 300 ml of chicken broth to the beaten egg and whisk well until well combined. The amount of chicken broth should be double the amount of beaten egg (ratio of 1:2). Pass mixture through a strainer and transfer to a shallow, heat resistant bowl. Scoop out the bubbles that form on the surface of the mixture using a spoon.
  • Cover the bowl with saran wrap and steam on medium heat for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let chill to room temperature. It should be ready when the steamed egg jiggles slightly when you shake the bowl and there is no liquid on the surface. Note that the steamed egg will harden as you cool it to room temperature, therefore it is important not to overcook it.
  • Heat canola oil on a pan over medium high heat and stir fry the garlic until slightly golden. Add in the pickled cabbage and stir fry for about 1 minute. Add in the low-sodium soy sauce and sesame oil and combine well. Pour the mixture over the steamed egg and serve.


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 246mg | Sodium: 427mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 357IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg