I like chickens and I can not lie. . . you other bloggers can’t deny. . .sorry I fell into a time loop and ended up in the 80s again.
So, chickens. They are the magical creatures who produce eggs that we enjoy eating. I’m sorry vegetarians – this blog is probably not for you. I really like eggs. If I was living alone, I could probably stay healthy just eating vegetables, fruits, seafood and eggs. Meat is fine but I can live without chicken, pork and beef if I had to as long as I have eggs.
I noticed that most people just eat chicken eggs. I have had duck eggs which are okay. I love quail eggs and grew up eating those in South Korea. But, did you know you can eat turkey eggs? Goose eggs? Pheasant Eggs? Pigeon Eggs? And, and and. . .get this, OSTRICH eggs.
Most people only eat chicken eggs, if any, all their lives. They are the most common and the most produced for human food consumption. Whether you like white eggs, brown eggs or if you are lucky enough to have your own coop you might like light green eggs. The colors mainly show you the breed of chicken it is from but I swear I like brown eggs better because they taste different but I’m not an egg-oologist.
I have never eaten a turkey egg. My Daddy told me that one time while turkey hunting they found some eggs. He said they were speckled and were a little bigger than normal chicken eggs but smaller than a duck’s. He explained to me that turkeys do not lay as many eggs as chickens so they have not been mass produced. He said when he scrambled the eggs it was creamier but the taste was very similar to chicken eggs.
I have eaten plenty of quail eggs so I can tell you all about them. They are tiny eggs – not hummingbird tiny but about a quarter the size of an average chicken egg. It has a very thin splotchy shell and a much bigger yolk in comparison. I never fry quail eggs – I boil them. They are hard to peel but if you are successful you can make kawaii devil eggs – so cute!
Goose eggs were never at my table. My grandmother told me that sometimes they would gather wild goose eggs when protein was hard to come by during war torn years in South Korea. She said they had really hard shells and one goose egg was like two chicken eggs in size. She would take goose eggs and scramble them to make Gyeranjjim (Korean Steamed Eggs). Since they were bigger they provided protein for more people and in this dish you could really stretch out the portions to eat with rice if you were lucky enough to have rice.
I have had pheasant eggs as a child. They lay A LOT of eggs but only for a short period of time. Pheasants were wild and abundant in South Korea when I was a kiddo. I’m pretty sure I ate about the same amount of pheasant eggs to chicken eggs when I was living there. The eggs do taste different. Some people call that taste gamey or wild. I just think they are richer. Grandmother would make Gyeran-jangjorim (Eggs in soy broth) with them to take away the wild taste of the eggs. The slightly spicy soy sauce broth would soak into the egg and you could eat a whole bowl of rice with just one egg because it was salty. She used to call them rice stealers because I would want to eat so much rice with them. Again, a great way to stretch protein during lean times without sacrificing flavor.
I’m watching Game of Thrones on DVD finally and I noticed when people are hungry they eat a pigeon. I never saw any of them bother with the eggs though. I have read that they are small so you need 4 of them to even get close to the size of a normal chicken egg. Someday when I am adventurous I may try pigeon eggs but I will probably braise them like the pheasant eggs.
I do not like duck eggs. Duck eggs are probably the most common eggs second only to the chicken. It is plentiful and you can find them in Asian grocery stores. Their yolk turns very orange when you boil them and the whites look grey/blue which is a huge turn off for me. After you cook them they still maintain that strong gamey flavor even if you braise them in soy sauce so I tend to stay away from them. However, over half the world enjoy eating duck eggs so don’t shy away from trying them. I like cilantro too so maybe I’m the weird one.
The one egg that I have yet to try and is on my list is the Ostrich egg. I used to watch those very old black and white Tarzan series. It was a terrible version where even in a wild jungle, Jane managed to look beautiful and made breakfast for her man and child by frying an ostrich egg. LOL@ Hollywood! So, I just thought it was made up. Then as an adult I find out you CAN eat ostrich eggs!
Ostriches are huge so yes, their eggs are also huge! One egg weighs FOUR pounds, people! That is like two dozen eggs! The egg shells are very thick so you will not be able to crack them by tapping the side of the bowl. In fact you will break the bowl if you do that. LOL Enjoy this video of Gordon Ramsay making scrambled ostrich eggs. I hope I will get to try one someday. How about you? Are you EGGventurous enough to try other eggs?