Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Yum Khai Daw ยำไข่ดาว Fried Egg Salad

Thai people are great at turning everything into delicious "Yum" or "Yam" (meaning to mix/toss together in Thai but generally translated as salad) and this is a wonderful example of that creativity. This is another simple Thai dish that would not require one to go out and source for exotic ingredients. My late grandfather would insist on using quail eggs for this dish but as this was a last minute menu, I made do with chicken eggs instead. Do give this humble dish a try, you will be amazed by how adding a few ingredients to a plate of fried eggs can turn it into something quite extraordinary. 
P.S A little poached mince or seafood is sometimes added for more luxurious versions but personally I think it is perfect as it is!

serves 4 as part of a Thai meal
you'll need;
4 to 6 free range eggs or 20 quail eggs
1 large tomato, sliced
10 baby corn, halved lengthwise, lightly blanched and refreshed*
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 cup of coriander leaves
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
3 to 5 bird chilies, chopped
* I found some baby corn in the fridge and decided to add it in for extra crunch, otherwise use some cucumber slices instead.

for the dressing;
3 tbs of fish sauce
2 tbs of palm sugar
juice of one lime
Dissolve palm sugar in the fish sauce (30 seconds in the microwave) when cool mix in the chopped garlic and chilies and add in the lime juice. Check for seasonings, it should be hot, sour and salty. Adjust the taste to your liking.

Prepare the dressing and have everything ready.

Fry eggs with plenty of oil, spoon some hot oil over the top or the eggs to help fluff up and brown the top side as well. I love the eggs to be quite crispy but the yolks are still a little runny.

Cut eggs into quarters, place everything in a large platter and spoon the dressing over. Mix well.

I served this as part of a Thai meal with larb Gai (Thai minced chicken salad) and plenty of steamed jasmine rice. 


  1. Delicioso de verdad. Adoro tu cocina.

  2. I like the ingredients that you use.
    Another gorgeous dish!
    B xx

  3. I have never seen this in the restaurant before. It looks so good and I will be making this for sure!

  4. This looks so delicious! I am trying to imagine using quail eggs for this dish...mmm ")

  5. hebat..hebat..telur goreng biasa boleh bertukar menjadi satu hidangan yang sungguh enak dan menarik..tahniah untuk anda:)

  6. une merveilleuse idée que de frire les œufs, j'aime beaucoup
    bonne journée

  7. 很有新鮮感,賣像也很棒呀!

  8. It looks awesome, definitely worth a try. Yum! or Yam! :D

  9. Amanda ,
    Muchas gracias! besos

    Betty ,
    Thank you very much dear! xxx

    CW ,
    I have never seen this in Melbourne too :( Do have a try!

    shanshan ,
    Thank you! It will look a lot prettier :)

    makcikmanggis ,
    Terima kasih makcik..ini masakan harian orang Thai, bahan-bahannya simple sekali tapi enak sungguh!

    Fimère ,
    Je vous remercie! S'il vous plaît essayer bientôt! :)

    大肥 ,

    Thank you and please do! Yum or yam is both yummy :)

  10. salam tummy..penggunaan bahan yg simple n everyhousehold ada...tapi enak n medah menyediakannya..thanks for sharing..

  11. As always, lovely pics ! And this one makes my mouth water, Yummmmmm! I will try this recipe soon.

  12. Such simple ingredients for something that looks so good! Great work again...can't wait to see what else is lining up! :)

  13. Yum! Love these fried eggs; brings back some memories and what a grand idea to include them in the salad!

  14. On my agenda. Simple, refreshing and packed with flavor. Thai salads add zing. I can get bottled baby the idea of that crunch.

  15. This is all new to me! It looks delicious and definitely worth a try!

  16. You have done it again my dear. Simple, colourful and flavoursome, it is perfect as it is!

  17. Yam=yum! I love Thai food. Actually, will be visiting Thailand soon, any special dishes you'd suggest I try?

  18. Interesting salad ...looks delicious

  19. I love your Thai food. They always looking so colorful and yummy, very disappointed whenever I dine at Thai restaurants lol

  20. Un délicieux mélange.
    A savourer avec plaisir.
    See soon.

  21. Oh...very colorful and healthy salad!

  22. Very nice and colorful salad with one of my favorite ingredient - eggs. Yum!

  23. I not keen on salads..but this one, YES :-)

  24. Wow!!! Beuatiful salad. looks soo delicious. Fried egg salad sounds really yummy and interesting..

  25. What a beautiful and colourful egg salad!

  26. Great looking salad. I'll try it sometime.

  27. Awww..ยำไข่ดาว...ที่ชื่นชอบ

  28. So colorful!! Looks delicious!!

  29. Harriet from CarltonMay 20, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    This looks great and the best thing is I can make it anytime I want!

  30. This is so cool! LOVE it. I may try it for my meatless day challenges.

  31. Oh I love fried eggs but 现在必需要戒口 :(

  32. Oh i see alot of thai recipes in your blog. I love Thai food, this is great!

  33. Oh this looks too easy but so delicious! I love it!

  34. Just saw the beef salad buddy, this looks great too. Another wonderful way of using our eggs! :)

  35. mohdandmeriam,
    Termia kasih makcik. banyak lagi kerapu yang menggunakan bahan bahan biasa. Akan datang! :)

    Thank you very much! Please do!

    darren ,
    Thank you! There are more simple home cooking on the way!

    Taste of Beirut,
    Thank you very much! I can have fried eggs everyday :)

    Claudia ,
    Thank you very much :) canned corn would work well too :)

    Thank you I hope you will try it!

    rosa ,
    Thank you! Less is more here definitely!

    shaz ,
    I will write down a list and email it to you. When are you leaving? ;)

    Thank you!

    little panda,
    Thank you! :)

    Nadji ,
    Merci beaucoup!

    Anncoo ,
    Thank you! It is rather healthy :)

    Cool Lassi(e),
    Thank you very much :)

    Haha I am glad to hear that! :)

    Thank you!

    Arthi ,
    Thank you! Do try it soon!

    Thank you!

    Bo ,
    Thanks, please do!

    muu :) ,

    Thank you! :)

    It is a great pantry dish :)

    Thank you! Please do :)

    Oh how come?

    Swee San,
    Haha I do cook quite a bit of that food :) Thank you!

    love to eat,
    Thank you!

    fitzboy ,
    Thanks buddy, I must come and get some eggs soon :)

  36. It's my belief that salads can always benefit from something fried. Eggs, I've never tried, but it sounds scrumptious!

  37. Thank you, that would be awesome. i tried to find your email address on this site but can't see it anywhere :) Leaving next week, but I still have net access, heading to Malaysia first. My tummy will be like a watermelon by the time I get back, ha ha ha

  38. Oh this is new to me..why didn;t you make this for me before? :)
    I think I like the idea of using quail eggs too!

    Sophia xxx

  39. Love it! I like eggs and this is something that I have never done before!

  40. What a delicious salad. Very unusual but tasty.


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