Thai Recipe: Son-In-Law Eggs
October 01st, 2007 54 Comments

Thai Recipe: Son-In-Law Eggs

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Thai Recipe: Son-In-Law Eggs

Adapted from Thai Cooking Made Easy


4 boiled eggs (shelled)
2 big shallots (finely shredded)
Oil for deep frying
Scallion or cilantro for garnishing

Tamarind Sauce:

1/2 tablespoon fish sauce (or to taste)
2 tablespoons palm sugar (or to taste)
4 tablespoons tamarind juice (use about a small ping pong ball size of tamarind pulp and mix with water to extract the juice)
1 clove garlic (minced)
1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
1 tablespoon ground peanut
1 tablespoon oil


Deep-fried the eggs until the skin turns brown. Dish out and slice into halves. Arrange them on a plate. Deep fried the shredded shallots until golden brown, remove and place on paper towel to absorb oil.

Heat up a sauce pan, pour in the oil and saute the minced garlic until light brown. Add the dried chili flakes, ground peanut, do a quick stir, and follow by the tamarind juice, palm sugar, and fish sauce. Bring it to boil and pour the sauce on top of the eggs. Top with fried shallots and scallion/cilantro. Serve hot with steamed white rice.

Cook’s note:

Thai Cooking Made Easy (written in both English and Chinese) is a practical cookbook for Thai food. I have tried many of the recipes on the book and love the authenticity and flavors. A must-have for people who love Thai food. Buy now!

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  1. Ravi says:

    Very interesting. I saw this on the Master Chef Australia program on telly and was tempted since then. Want to try it soon. Only difference was that they were going on and on about the eggs being cooked to runny consistency when they are cut for eating. Wonder if any one else came across this and how does that compare with the hard boiled version.

  2. Yvie says:

    I heard somewhere that it was son-in-law eggs because they are so good that it will keep your son-in-law happy (stay a happy faithful husband)!

  3. Jannita says:

    My favourite dish… might have to pop my chicken back in the fridge and opt for eggs tonight!

    They are called son in law eggs (kai luk koei) because it’s the story of when a man was making dinner for his father in law and was late so couldnt cook anything grand and the only food he had was eggs so he quickly made this and his father in law loved it… that’s the story i was told anyway! My mother is Thai so i hear all the stories and enjoy Thai food most nights of the week :D bonus!

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