Budget Kitchen 1: Salted Egg Yolk Chicken

Friday, June 10, 2016

When people ask me about how we survive with three children and only one breadwinner for the family, I tell them that it's either I make sure my husband earns a lot of money, or try to limit additional expenses in the household.

One great way is to cook, instead of eating out.

Even though groceries in Singapore aren't exactly dirt cheap, it is still more economical as compared to eating out, especially when you dine in restaurants. It does help if you have a mom/mother-in-law as a great cook, because in my case, they keep me inspired to try out various new dishes every other time!

So I thought maybe I could start a little segment on budget kitchen to make a meal for the four of us (since K is still on 100% breastmilk), using less than $10 per meal. Imagine how much we would save in a week?

As all of you might have known, anything salted egg yolks now is in the rage. You can pair salted eggs with bread, it would fly off the shelves. You can pair it with pork ribs, tofu, chicken... anything. And it would taste damn good. Not sure what the ducks ate man. 

So last week, I used my mother-in-law's recipe and tried to recreate the salted egg fried chicken she has made for me during my confinement and it turned out really well! So I thought I would share it with all of you because it is super simple, and it costs me less than $5. It would have cost me 12-bucks at the nearest tze char stall.


* Chicken thighs, cubed
* Two salted eggs
* One egg
* Curry leaves
* Butter
* Garlic, chopped
* Tapioca flour
* Oyster sauce
* Sesame Oil
* Pepper


1. Marinate the chicken with oyster sauce, sesame oil, pepper and egg

2. Coat the chicken cubes with tapioca flour

3. Using sufficient oil, deep fry until golden brown and set aside.

4. Boil the salted eggs until they are hard boiled, then discard the egg whites and keep only the egg yolk. Mash the egg yolk up.

5. Clean the pan and melt some butter. Throw in some chopped garlic and curry leaves, fry until golden (the garlic, not the leaves lol). Throw in the mashed salted eggs and fry until the sauce thickens.

6. Throw the fried chicken cubes in to make sure that they are fully coated with the salted egg sauce, remove from heat and serve hot.

You can get this done in probably 20 minutes!

Cost breakdown:

* Chicken thighs, cubed - $2.50 
* Two salted eggs - $0.30
* One egg - $0.15
* Curry leaves - $0.60 for a huge bunch

Total cost: $3.55

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  1. I always wonders how they make the salted egg yolk coating. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Btw, how come your grocery so cheap? Mine is doubled that, at least!

  2. Wah! Salted Egg Yolk anything is my husband's favourite! But it's soon unhealthy I refuse to learn. lol Then again, I should because food is the answer to a man's heart right? Sigh...

  3. I love dishes with salted egg yolk ;P' Tqvm for sharing!!

  4. Wow wow wow!! Salted egg yolk is so in now and you know how to make dishes with it! Thanks for sharing the recipe, am so going to try that out!

  5. What an tasty-looking yet economical dish - $3.55! I should try this soon.

  6. Hahaha YES salted egg yolk anything goes! (My sin is salted egg yolk potato chips...omg.) cooking at hm definitely cheaper & healthier! Single incomehood has made me auntie ttm. Sigh

  7. Oh, this is how you make salted egg yolk! The recipe looks easy and of course, home made food is the best food.

  8. Yes, single incomehood have to Budget.. Tasty dish and pocket-friendly. Thank you for the recipe.

  9. You're another super mama! I love this recipe v much, will try to cook it soon. Do continue your budget kitchen series ok?


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