Foodies in Malaysia are no strangers to salted egg. A staple in dishes such as traditional Malay nasi kerabu and Cantonese custard buns, the humble salted egg has, in recent years, become a full-fledged food trend that has made its way onto the menus of eateries islandwide. This is unsurprising, considering how its unique, sweet and salty taste adds flair to everyday dishes like fried chicken and doughnuts.
We are not too sure when exactly this fad began, but it was around 2015 when the first few salted egg yolk dishes broke the (local) Internet. SS2 Petaling Jaya Le Bread Days’ yolk-filled croissants drew crowds after being mentioned on a popular food blog, and led to mayhem when the bakery was not able to handle the surge in demand. That same year, many cafes in SS15 Subang Jaya came up with salted egg pasta, and the well-loved MyBurgerlab followed suit with its salted egg yolk burger, the Ultraman Burger.
Since then, many more restaurants and even fast food joints across the city have embraced this tasty ingredient and added it to their menus. Ice cream sauce, fried rice and cake are just a few examples of dishes that have been creatively incorporated with the salty, savoury treat.
Is this craze ever slowing down? We don’t think so, as more and more new dishes are popping up in restaurants across Klang Valley and its nearby regions. In this list, we present to you the restaurants at the forefront of the ongoing salted egg craze, and also some new spots we think are worth a visit.
If you fancy a royal dimsum brunch, Chynna, the Chinese restaurant located in Hilton KL, is a good place to check out. And if you’re into a different type of your usual custard egg bun, Chynna has one with charcoal buns. The bittersweet taste of the charcoal bun complements the sweet and savoury salted egg custard pretty well. It’s definitely a must-try on its extensive dimsum menu.
Chynna, Level 5, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2264 2596
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Some people like their French fries with ketchup or chilli, others like it with mayonnaise. But AMPM Cafe adds a new option in the form of salted egg yolk. On top of that, the cafe also serves sweet potato fries to go with it.
AMPM Café, 11, Jalan USJ 21/5, Usj 21, 47630 Subang Jaya, Malaysia, +603 8081 9121
The long queue during brunch hours is enough to know that Dotty’s is a popular patisserie in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. So if you manage to get a table, be sure to order the salted egg yolk cronut, a crisp croissant-doughnut hybrid. Not only is it topped with a thick layer of tasty salted egg yolk sauce, when you break one of these open, the same sweet yet savoury sauce will ooze out from the cronut’s centre.
Dotty’s Pastries & Coffee, 20-G, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603-7733 4233
WhupWhup is a dining venue known for its unique preparation of everyday food. It also has a menu of cheekily named dishes such as Nu’Yolk, which consists of scallops on a stack of grated parmesan cheese and served with salted egg purée. For fans of seafood and salted egg yolk, this is the perfect marriage of the two.
WhupWhup, 12, Jalan SS 13/3B, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +603 5612 6250
Strangers at 47 shot to popularity because of its Asian-inspired crepes, which combine sweet and savoury flavours. Among these is the salted egg crepe, which is a combination of juicy Cajun tiger prawns and crispy golden squid. It’s drizzled with rich salted egg sauce and comes on a bed of sautéed spinach and caramelised onions.
Strangers at 47, 47 Jalan 17/45, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +603 7497 2409
It may look plain, but its taste is anything but ordinary. These normal-looking bowls of fried rice are actually Wondermama’s signature dishes, made exceptional by the incorporation of salted egg sauce as the base. Paired with tiny crispy fried prawns, the saltiness makes the dish even more appetising. Also check out its salted egg salad and salted egg chicken burger.
Wondermama, G6, Ground Floor, Bangsar Village 1, Jalan Telawi 1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2284 9821
Go-Getter Cafe has a rising reputation for inventing creative interpretations of waffles. Among these is the charcoal waffle, which is drizzled with salted caramel sauce. Served with vanilla ice cream on top, it’s also poured with rich and smooth salted egg yolk sauce that contributes to the dessert’s interesting combination of sweetness and bitterness.
Go Getter Cafe, 12A-1, First Floor, Block 5, Jalan Jalil Jaya 6, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur 57000 Malaysia, +6 019-260 2288
Casa Cacao is one of the many chocolate joints that popped up in Bangsar over the years, but what sets it apart is its bold additions of ingredients like coconuts, mangoes, and toffees into its desserts. A must try is its unique golden chocolate lava cake, which is filled with salted egg yolk sauce. Pistachio nuts are drizzled on the vanilla ice cream, with mixed berries on the side.
Casa Cacao, 31, Jalan Telawi 3, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2201 1282
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