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Thousand-Year-Old Quail Egg, Potage, Ginger

Thousand-Year-Old Quail Egg, Potage, Ginger

An exclusive recipe for Thousand-year-old egg shared by chef Corey Lee at Benu restaurant: try this version of the dish prepared with quail eggs and ginger.

07 April, 2015
Average: 2.5 (48 votes)


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total time

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Pu-Erh tea
Quail eggs
2 parts
Champagne vinegar
1 part
1 part
peeled, fresh young
5 g
15 g
Savoy cabbage
100 g, sliced
30 g, chopped
1 g
Cayenne pepper
small pinch
Chicken stock
80 g
10 g
200 g
300 g
6 g
6 g
Xanthan gum
4 g
Ginger juice
20 g, fresh
4 g


Make enough brine to generously cover the eggs.

Allow to soak for 12 days.

Rinse thoroughly under running, room-temperature water until the water runs clear.

Dry the eggs, place them in an airtight plastic bag, and store inside an opaque container.

Age for 4 weeks at 68–77ºF/20–25ºC.

To make the pickled ginger
Put the water, vinegar, and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, slice the ginger thinly and place in a bowl.

Pour the boiling liquid over the ginger.

Allow to cool to room temperature, then vacuum pack.

Store in a refrigerator for at least 3 days.

To make the potage
Melt the butter in a pan and sweat the bacon, cabbage, and onion.

Season with salt and cayenne pepper.

Cover with the chicken stock and cream.

Bring to a boil, cover with a lid, and simmer until tender (about 45 minutes).

Remove the bacon and discard.

Purée the mixture left in the pan and pass through a chinois.

To make the ginger cream
Put the cream and water in a pan and bring to a simmer.

Transferto a blender, add the salt, sugar, and xanthan gum, and blend on a low setting for 4 minutes to hydrate the gum.

Add the ginger juice and Versawhip.

Transfer into an ISI canister and charge with 2 cream chargers.

When you’re ready to serve, cook the eggs in boiling water for 1 minute.

Shock in iced water, then peel.

Cut the eggs in half and season with salt and the juice from the pickled ginger.

Chop a little bit of the pickled ginger and put a small amount in the center of each bowl.

Place a dollop of the whipped ginger cream on top of the ginger and place the quail eggs on top.

Serve the potage piping hot.

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