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Feb 12, 2011

Brussels Sprouts with Salted Eggs

Whoo ... what a week it's been! Chinese new year has always been busy, busy, busy ... we celebrate it in a very small way compared to a lot of the Chinese folks out there. Things are slowly getting back to normal, people are trickling back from their hometowns after a week long break. Schools are back in session and I'm hoping I can get back to more regular blogging now. Right, let's get started.

Brussels sprouts ..... one of my favorite veges. They contain good amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fiber.

I used to hate them as a kid. I'd rather have my tooth pulled than eat brussels sprouts. But as I grew older wiser, I developed a liking to the slight bitterness of that cute round, cabbage-family, vitamin loaded vegetable. I'd like to think my tastes have matured and become more sophisticated in my wiser years .... double *ahem*.

All this time, I've had them cooked in a white sauce or butter sauce, usually as an accompaniment to roast poultry or some kinda meat. I really needed to have a different way to cook this, first, for variety's sake and second, so that my husband will eat them without grimacing.

I'd thought of frying them up like the fried spiced pumpkin dish. Then another thought hit me as I was contemplating this.... another vegetable with a similar bitterness ... the bitter melon / bitter gourd. This, stir fried with salted egg yolks is one of our very favorite dishes. Why not marry this two ideas together? Hmmm .... (Don't ask me why he'll eat bitter gourd and not brussels sprouts .... men are from mars, remember?)

It turned out better than I expected, altho not as creamy as when it's cooked without the whites of the salted eggs ... I thought it's such a waste to chuck the whites. But the flavors went really well together and to give a little ooomph, i added some chilly flakes.


brussels sprouts, quartered ( I had about 1 full cup after quartering them, you can just halve them if they're small)

2 salted eggs, hard boiled and shelled

1 tbs butter

1 tbs grapeseed oil (this is just to prevent the butter from browning too quickly)

1 tbs chopped garlic

pinch of sugar

pinch chilly flakes

a little water / milk


Mash 2 salted egg yolks + one egg white together. (Using all 2 egg whites would make it too salty)

Heat butter and grapeseed oil in a pan and stir in chopped garlic. Give it a quick stir without over-browning.

Add mashed salted eggs. Stir fry for a little bit then add in brussels sprouts.

Stir to combine. If it looks a little dry, add in some water or milk and cook until sprouts turn a slight translucent color.... or if you like them crunchy, cook a shorter time.

Add a little sugar to taste and stir in chilly flakes.

Serve hot with fluffy white rice.

PS Just a small reminder about the Potluck Party. All are invited!


  1. Sounds good, I will give this a try. How many teeth did you have pulled out?

  2. 3Cookies: The tooth fairy loved me. :H

  3. Men and their taste preferences. It can be a challenge sometimes. This sounds really delicious and I too have grown to LOVE brussel sprouts. I would love to give this a try sometime.

  4. Omg! I haven't had salted eggs in AGESSS!!! I love this recipe, thanks so much for sharing!

  5. I LOVE brussel sprouts! How brilliant of you to combine the two. I bet this was delicious. Love the shot of the egg.

  6. PretendChef: Do give it a go and let me know how you like it ... even with bitter gourd...if you're into that as well.

    Kimberly: You're very welcome! Love them salted eggs, esp the yolks, tsk.

    Nina: Thanks! Yup, it was a change and the taste was good. We even bought more brussels sprouts to make it again!

  7. Well, that's certainly a new one on me! :) I'll give this a try because I'm still struggling to enjoy my Brussels sprouts. Oh, and the chilli was a good idea. :)

  8. Can U send me that salted egg pls??? ^_^

  9. Ping-This is an unusual recipe I have not heard of. Sounds so yummy, since I love brussel sprouts.
    Healthy, colorful, and delicious.

    Thank you for your kind comment re: my Prince. He is much better now, but really gave me a scare, because he is old now, but you wouldn't know just by looking at him. Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's.
    Hugs to you, my friend!

  10. I am constantly looking for The Recipe that will help me learn to like Brussels sprouts. This one is unique enough perhaps to do so. As always, I love your photos.

  11. Ping! You make me want to eat brussels sprouts which is something I have banned from my kitchen since childhood. Great post :)

  12. Thanks Kristen. I hope you'll get to like brussels sprouts after trying this out. But, should you chicken out :D, you can always replace the vege with something else ... bitter melon? :P

    Kita: I dare you! :D

  13. Never heard of a salted egg----is it a egg with salt on it?

  14. Anonymous: It's usually duck eggs pickled in brine for a period of time. There are chicken egg versions too but the more popular and better quality ones are duck/goose eggs. Thanks for dropping by.

  15. Ping, I knew you have send me an email giving me this link. Guess what? I could find that email to reply to you. Thanks so much my dear. I think I can try cooking this for my other family members but not my Quay Lo. He is not a big fan of salted eggs but I am. Make sure you don't miss my next post for it all started from you. LOL! Love you.

    1. I did? I don't remember ... oh boy, real Lucy moment. Thought I sent the link as a comment on your post. Anyway, glad you found this here. Hope you like this. I've also done it the butter prawns style (with curry leaves and chilli padi) .... yum too!