Midnight Cafe – Egg Sandwiches

The story of egg sandwiches in Shinya Shokudo (Midnight Cafe) was a sad one. Young girl dreamed of being a movie star and she worked towards it when she met a young man in Shinya Shokudo. They always bumped into each other and soon they became closer and closer. However, their career paths did not cross as of their hearts. The young man worked several jobs because his family has a big debt and he needed to help out. The girl became more and more popular and her agent manager asked for her hands. With all the family obligations, young man could not answer the girl with his real passion and he had to let her go as he knew that he could not offer what she wanted and what she deserved to have. At last, the 2 young souls went to 2 different directions but it is just life. If you really love someone, you will do everything to make him/her happy including letting him/her go.

My top-of-mind memory of egg sandwiches is about my childhood. When I was a little kid, my family was really poor and egg sandwiches were something luxurious. Mom could make it when she had time and she added water into the egg mixture so that she could feed more kids (I have 3 siblings). My mom’s recipe is very simple, just a bit of salt, whipped eggs and some oil, cooked in a wok, then “sandwiched” in 2 pieces of bread.

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I have made 3 different types of egg sandwiches this time. First one is my mom’s recipe. 1 egg, slightly whipped, add a bit of salt…oil added to the frying pan, then egg, fry until well done. Add the well-done egg on a slice of bread, covered with another one, then cut into half.

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The 2nd one is similar to the Japanese Dashi-Maki (thick roll of egg). Firstly, beat the egg with a pinch of salt, slightly whipped to keep the texture of egg white and egg yolk. Add oil in a rectangular shaped frying pan, add egg mixture in, turn the stove to medium low heat and stirring the egg mixture with a pair of chopsticks until one side of the egg starts to set. Roll the egg from one side of the pan to the other side using the chopsticks. Turn the fire to medium and fry both sides of the egg roll until it turns golden. “Sandwiched” the egg roll with 2 pieces of bread and cut off the excess.

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The last one is egg salad sandwiches. Cook 2 eggs in a covered pot of cold water until the water boils. Water needs to cover the eggs totally. Keep cooking for another 2 minutes after the water boils, turns off the heat and then let the pot covered for another 5 minutes. Take out the eggs and let them cool down (or you can put them in a bowl of cold water to speed up). Peel off the shell and chop the eggs into small pieces. Add salt, pepper and mayonnaise into the chopped eggs and mix well. Scope the egg mixture on top of a slice of bread and cover with another one. Cut the sandwiches into 2 or 3 pieces. Ready to eat…

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There are other options of egg sandwiches. Toast the bread, add tomato slices, add lettuces, add bacon……Just test it out! Enjoy!

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