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Stir Fried Spinach with Salted Egg

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Having made a few salted eggs at home, I couldn’t wait to try how they tasted like and made several traditional Chinese dishes with them. My dear readers, when you read this post, please don’t take the said sentence word by word literally, even though I intended to cook some traditional Chinese dishes. Truly, the dish I share today came from a very popular traditional one, yet I changed a lot in the way of using ingredients and cooking.

When it comes to stir frying spinach, both century egg (皮蛋) and salted egg(鹹蛋)are widely used in order to create a combination of silver-like and golden colours mingled with jade-like spinach. On top of that, the dish has a very beautiful title, 金銀蛋菠菜 (literally means “Silver and Golden Eggs with Spinach”). The dish itself is quite humble, yet both the taste and name of the dish are very appealing. Well, when I cooked this dish again, I deliberately omitted the century egg. That said, many imprudent producers incorporate more poisonous lead into the curing process than before, that really puts me off. Since then, I haven’t eaten any century eggs for ages. Here comes my version, Golden Egg with Spinach.

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Stir Fried Spinach with Salted Egg (Printable recipe)

  • 500 gm spinach
  • 1 salted egg, white and yolk separated
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 Tbsp chicken stock
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 2 Tbsp water
  1. Rinse spinach and drain well. Separate stems and leaves. Set aside.
  2. Use a wok or a steamer, steam salted egg yolk over medium-high heat for about 10 to 12 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a frying pan. Saute garlic until aromatic. Make sure not to burn it, it gets bitter otherwise. Toss in spinach stems first and stir fry for a while, followed by leaves and cook until you get your preferred doneness. Set aside. Add some water if necessary while stir frying. If too much water releases after stir frying more than you need, discard the excess water.
  4. In a small saucepan, pour in the chicken stock. Bring it to a boil. Add thickening and cook to your preferred consistency. Quickly stir in salted egg whites. When it turns opaque in colour, remove from heat, pour over the spinach. Cut salted egg yolk into small pieces. Sprinkle over spinach. Served hot.

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  • You don’t need to add any salt when stir frying spinach because the salted egg has enough salty flavour. You still can add more if you need.
  • You can blanch spinach in boiling water instead of stir frying.


  1. the home-made salted egg is a nice touch to this spinach dish :)

  2. I would definitely want to try making this. I love salted egg. :D

  3. This is a dish that I would devour. Love the combination of salted eggs and vegetables. I have to make salted eggs soon to cook this. Beautiful presentation.

  4. The dish is very colourful and I bet it'll be delicious. Good clicks too!

  5. Can I say that great minds think alike? I just made something with salted eggs as well - don't you agree they have such a beautiful flavour? I tried once spinach and salted egg as a soup - fell in love with it!

  6. So flavourful and gorgeous presentation!

  7. It tastes just as good without the century egg!
    I just used salted egg in my angled loofah soup.

  8. The dish does look friendly to me whether or not century egg is included. By the way, some centuries egg here are now labeled as 'lead-free'.

  9. That's a good idea to replace century egg with salted egg. Love your healthy version. Looks very tasty too! ;)

  10. Love the mix of colors, and it sounds delicious!

  11. I stir-fried some spinach recently too but of course, I do not have salted egg (not to mention homemade ones) to make it extra delicious. In Chinese restaurants, they usually serve this dish with 3-kinds of eggs: century eggs, salted eggs and "normal" egg? hahaha!

  12. this looks good! I am thinking of using salted egg for dishes too, yum yum.

  13. I am going to make my own! too easy :)

  14. Saw Trissa's salad and now I see yours. What great use of salted eggs! I would love this dish with a bowl of plain porridge. No doubt humble, but that's the beauty of homecooking. :) Beautiful dish!

  15. Yummy! I haven't had this for a long while. Can't wait to try it.

  16. dear christine, i always wonder about the chicken stock, do you make it by mix the powder chicken stock and water? or buy the liquid chicken stock? in my town, liquid chicken stock is very thick, can you post what kind of chicken stock u are using? thank you...

    1. Sometimes I use my homemade chicken stock. The recipe is here.
      Oftentimes, I use store bought ones from supermarkets for convenience, like Campbell's.