How to make the perfect half-boiled egg

I love half-boiled eggs, don’t you? I like it with some soy-sauce, pepper and sometimes fried onions! Really! To be eaten with toast, yums! Drool!

I can easily make the PERFECT half-boiled egg as I have this..

Eggmatic. 99.9% of my eggs turned out PERFECT! Once in a blue moon when the eggs are either a little too big or too small, the result is not so desirable but it is still okay.

Last week, I was craving for half-boiled eggs. Dunno why I was SUPER lazy to even take this Eggmatic out of my kitchen cabinet that I just toss a couple of eggs in boiling water and leave it there for three minutes. In case you don’t know, the other way of making perfect hard half-boiled eggs is equally simple:

Make sure the eggs are in room temperature. Remove them from the refrigerator for at least half an hour. 

1) Bring a pot of water to a boiling state.

2) Turn off the flame and gently place the eggs in the pot.

3) Turn the timer to exactly 3 minutes (some very large eggs may require a little bit more time, say 3.5 minutes)

4) After the 3 minutes have passed, quickly remove the eggs from the hot water and run under cold water for 30 seconds to prevent further residual cooking.

So simple right? I did all that BUT…. I kinda forgotten about them and by the time I remembered, this is how the eggs look like..

Sobs! All I want is a perfect half-boiled eggs, is that too much to ask? :(

This is so in my mind right now. I think I’ll have half-boiled eggs for breakfast tomorrow :D


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    I love half boiled eggs!! Yummy!! Add soy sauce and pepper and some toast and it's so delicious!!!

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    Huh? Didn't know u have such thing like Eggmatic to make half boiled eggs? How does it work? Anyway, the normal way as in your instructions are quite easy also right? : )

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      Mamak stalls use this kinda stuff to prepare their eggs. You just place the eggs in it, add boiling water to ur desired percentage of how soft u want the eggs to be. Close the lid. Turn da dial to da number if eggs in it and the water will drip into the catchment below. Once the water habis, the egg is done :D

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    I think you got as typo in "hard-boiled eggs" before the instructions. Btw, I love hard boiled eggs too!! Especially herbal eggs! Yumz!!

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      Thanx Foong. Have updated it :D Me love herbal eggs too.. yums!

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    Muahahahahaha!!!! FAIL! Poor Eggmatic…nobody will want to buy it now.

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      Eh no lah! I fail coz i tak pakai the Eggmatic!

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    Usually, I followed what my mom did the traditional way. But everytime i miss it..turn hard boil egg….hahaha FAIL. Should invest in this eggmatic d…

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      Lol! Same same here… Phail when done manually!

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    i love half-boiled eggs too! but never really understood the proper way of making it.. haha.. now i know :P

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    You are so cruel…

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      Early morning already torture me with this super-eggmatic breakfast! :(

      Arrggh.. Tahan Tahan..

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        Heehehehehehe… *evil grin* i was hoping for it to bring that effect in YOU! :P

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    LOL… shall I consider to invest one since my anak love half boiled eggs!^^

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      I'm sure u can cook da perfect soft boiled eggs Alice :)

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    Yea, me too, gonna make this as my brekkie tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

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    I have only the traditional one, which I could control the water level only.

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    hahaha.. can't comment because i don't like half-boiled eggs at all.. i like it either fried, scrambled, full-boiled, steam but not half-boiled lor, haha!! maybe i like things to be completely done and not half way, haha~~ :D

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      Wow… I like how u like things to be completely done n not half way! But i still like my eggs half boiled :P

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    Perfect for breakfast.. :)

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    it is truly hard to get the perfect half boil… took me a while also… but then I also resort to buying the half boil egg gadget… hahaha

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    oh.. perfect breakie… I love half boil eggs, but never to that at home.. I just drive to the nearest kopitiam to have it.. yummy!

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    Hi, Merryn,

    My kids love half boiled eggs but 9 out of 10 times I overcook the eggs..so turned out to be almost-hard boiled eggs! :( Where can I get the Eggmatic or something similar to that?

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    I need the eggmatic lah. :)

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    Do it everyday for perfect result….. It's all about time management.

    Use a chopsticks to stir the eggs to get evenly cooked not so hard egg white when the eggs are near boiling…

    But then… It is different when cooking 2 eggs, 4 eggs or 8 eggs, yes.. Big or small, cold from the fridge, or fresh….especially different family members have different preferences… I prefer a little bit cooked than half, hubby likes the egg yolk not broken, ziyi likes to really stir and mixed well….

    Oh half boiled egg… Why does it has to be so complicated…. Haha

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    Yum Yum, i love half-boiled egg, actually i like all type of eggs, except HARD-boiled egg. LOL!

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    Just perfect! i like it.. where to buy this eggmatic? :)

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    I simply agak agak….sometimes not cooked, sometimes overcooked….he he he

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    I pun agak2 je, but prefer scrambled egg :D

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    Hey, the gadget looks so cool! Wish I'd one :) Nice post!

    Dropping by from Luxury Indulgence

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    I think everybody love half boil egg~~

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