Recipe: Soft-boiled Egg With Shiso and Kochujang (Korean Hot Sauce)

Recipe: Soft-boiled Egg With Shiso and Kochujang (Korean Hot Sauce)
Recipe: Soft-boiled Egg With Shiso and Kochujang (Korean Hot Sauce)

I have pneumonia.

Haven’t felt like eating much of anything, but I’ve been lying around with a fever, deliriously thinking of dishes I want to make when I’m better. Last night I suddenly wanted a soft-boiled egg, and once I was in the kitchen, my evil twin took over for a few minutes and made this.

I know it seems like some sort of fusion nightmare, but when you are under the weather, sometimes strange things sound good. I could trace the stream of associations for you, but it probably wouldn’t be that interesting.

Actually, please add a comment and tell us the weirdest thing you ever craved when you were sick!

Soft-boiled Egg With Shiso and Kochujang

Serves 1 sick person
Vegetarian, not vegan or gluten-free

  • 1 egg (room temp or sit in warm water for a few minutes)
  • 4 thin slices of seeded baguette, toasted
  • 1 shiso (beefsteak plant) leaf, chiffonade
  • Meyer lemon olive oil (O Brand is good)
  • Kochujang (Korean Hot Sauce, also spelled Gochujang)
  • Fleur-du-sel
  • Black pepper
  1. Fill a pot with enough water to cover the egg by an inch, and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the egg, find a simmer, then boil for 4 minutes (or to your preference – I like mine pretty runny)
  3. Remove egg, allow to cool slightly, and carefully peel.
  4. Dilute the Kochujang with a bit of water to make a a spoonable sauce.
  5. Plate as you see in the picture. The Meyer lemon olive oil didn’t show up well, but there is lots on the toast and a few more drops on the plate.
  6. Get well soon!
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Posted by Michael Natkin on Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 in Experiments, Recipes.

6 Responses to “Recipe: Soft-boiled Egg With Shiso and Kochujang (Korean Hot Sauce)”

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    May 28, 2008 at 11:39 pm #

    It’s interesting, because I frequently crave both eggs and very spicy food when I’m sick. I mostly crave very salty broth, so sometimes combine these into a simple soup:
    I take 2 cups vegetable broth, a dash of rice vinegar and gently poach two eggs in the broth. Then I add Sriracha hot sauce, and generous amounts of either salt or soy sauce. Maybe some cilantro or chives and lime if I’ve got them on hand. This is actually surprisingly good, and I sometimes eat it as a quick snack when I’m not sick (though usually with a lot less salt).

    It really helps with congestion, and I’ve found that salt seems to help make mucus easier to cough up. For this reason, I sometimes eat pickles, olives, or even straight salt water when I’m sick. Sometimes I mix salt into lemonade to make a “virgin margarita.” It’s weird, I know, but it seems to help counteract the enormous amount of water I drink when I’m sick.

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    May 28, 2008 at 11:47 pm #

    I find myself craving salty broth too… I wonder why that is. But since I am not a world-class chef nor do I have an evil twin to cook for me when I’m sick, (and PLATE MY FOOD ALL FANCY-LIKE, no less! Sheesh!) well, I usually end up with ….. Top Ramen.


    Sad really. But we always have it in the house and it’s so bad anyway, it’s one of the few things I think won’t be harmed or trnasformed by microwaving… so there you have my confessional of the weirdest and worst food that I sometimes consume. Fortunately I’m rarely sick.

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    May 29, 2008 at 7:43 am #

    Feel better – i’m sorry about pneumonia – sounds terrible. I have the nastiest sinus infection and it’s been dragging me down for the last 2 weeks. Hope you get better soon!

  4. Reply
    June 2, 2008 at 11:27 am #

    I am sorry your sick. I crave pretzels when I am sick, pretzels dipped in hot tea.

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    June 4, 2008 at 10:51 pm #

    When I get pneumonia and bronchitis, I craave spicy soups. Tortilla soup and pho are both cravings. Otherwise I mostly subsist on tea and some chocolate.
    I hope your pneumonia is short-lived, and that you recover from it quickly. And that you have cough medicine with codeine (because there’s nothing like something that deals with the aching ribs and the cough in one fell swoop).

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    June 6, 2008 at 10:13 am #

    Miso soup is my comfort food when I’m sick. Spicy stuff, too. Your gorgeous meal and mention of gochujang reminded me of one of my favorite things I used to eat: cucumber sticks dipped in gochujang mixed with soy sauce. Nothing else. And I gasp at the amount of sodium that must have been, but I did love it. And like some of your other readers, I too, crave salty food when I’m sick.

    My mom is Korean and always made her own gochujang, which was really wonderful. I haven’t had it *years* and still crave it. Can’t find ready-made stuff anywhere I’m living and make my own inspired concoction which is good, but not nearly close to being the real deal. I should see if I can find some online. If you happen to know of a good brand, I would love if you could pass that along to me.

    Hope you’re all better now. 🙂

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