Vegan Egg

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Introduction: Vegan Egg

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Vegans won't eat or use animal products -- so the whole idea of a vegan egg is oxymoronic, a contradiction of terms, an impossibility, right?

Wrong!

I will show you in this instructable how to cook up a vegan sunny-side up egg which contains no animal products. It looks like an egg, it feels like an egg, but no bird ever laid eyes on this baby.

This is not the easiest recipe to follow. It requires a fair amount of specialized and hard to find ingredients, but once you've gathered everything you need and you've practiced a few times it's fairly quick, very tasty (it's a desert), and super fun to serve. This is extreme gastronomy, cooking for the concept, deconstructing the age old question of (which comes first) the chicken or the egg to replace it with the more fundamental question: what is an egg?

Step 1: Ingredients and Materials

The main ingredients are mangos, coconut milk and sugar, with a little bit of rice flour. Coconut milk is sold in 16oz cans and you can buy it either sweetened or unsweetened, low fat or regular. I used the unsweetened full fat variety it should work with any kind (just don't add extra sugar if you buy the sweetened variety).

You will also need calcium lactate and sodium alginate (to give your egg yolk the right shape and texture) and agar agar for the egg white. Sodium alginate and agar are extracted from seaweed, and calcium lactate, despite its name, is NOT made from milk (it is made by reacting lactic acid with calcium carbonate. Lactic acid, in turn is made with sugar, water and chalk). This desert is 100% vegan fun.

For tools you will need a hand blender and a small slotted spoon.

Although you might be able to find the ingredients locally and individually, it is much easier to buy a kit online. Molecule-R Cuisine R-Evolution Kit is fairly expensive but has very pretty packaging, and it's convenient because you'll get a good sample of ingredients and all the specialized tools too. It is from their DVD that I got the idea for this recipe: they give instructions for a reconstructed egg, but they didn't take the concept to its logical conclusion, they didn't make it vegan. Their egg white is made with regular milk, and doesn't taste as good as this version. You can also buy food grade sodium alginate , Calcium Lactate and Agar Agar Powder separately.

Step 2: Preparation

Chill 6 small individual serving plates in your freezer.

Use your hand blender to dissolve 2 grams of sodium alginate (about 3/4 of a teaspoon) in 2 cups of water, then refrigerate it for 15-30 minutes.

Step 3: Egg Whites

Mix together:

3 tablespoons sugar (omit if you are using sweetened coconut milk)
1/2 teaspoon agar (2 grams)
1 tablespoon rice flour
1 pinch salt

Sift the sugar mix into 1/2 cup coconut milk, stirring carefully to avoid clumps. Bring to boil over moderate heat in a small saucepan.

Stir in an additional cup of coconut milk, and remove from heat.

Set out your chilled plates, and pour about 3 tablespoons of "egg white" onto each plate. You should have about 1/4 cup left in your pan after serving all six plates. Put saucepan with remaining coconut mix over low heat and wait a couple minutes for the first layer of "egg white" to set.

When the first layer is hard enough to support an extra layer, spoon the remaining coconut sauce over the gelled "egg white" on each plate. You may have to add extra coconut milk before pouring if the mix has thickened too much.

Allow to set about 5 minutes (in the refrigerator if you've got the space, but it will also work at room temperature).

If you are preparing this dish a few hours or even a day in advance, after the egg white is set you can pour a little coconut milk (diluted with water if necessary) over the egg whites, cover and store in the refrigerator.

Step 4: Egg Yolks

Peel and cube one large, ripe mango or 2 small "champagne" mangos. If you can find the Champagne mangos, these are much better, not just for this recipe but for all purposes: they are sweeter and less fibrous than any other variety. There are whole instructables devoted to the subject of cutting mangos, but these instructions are best suited for my recipe.

Blend together:

mango
1/2 teaspoon calcium lactate
1-2 tablespoons sugar (depending on your taste and how ripe and sweet your mangos are)

Remove the sodium alginate bath from the fridge and pour into a shallow bowl so the the mixture comes close to the rim (this will make your job easier)

Prepare a second bowl filled with clean water nearby, and, if you are preparing this in advance, a third container with about 1 cup of mango juice.

Use a soup spoon to carefully drop a dollop (about 1/2 to 3/4 tablespoon) of the mango puree into the sodium alginate bath. You can put in 2 or maybe 3 dollops at a time, as long as you are careful not to let them touch each other. It is very hard to get a perfect sphere but don't worry, once it's on your egg it will look fine.

Use your slotted spoon to (very gently) mix the solution around the yolks so an even gel forms around each one. Leave in the bath at least 3 minutes, then, with your slotted spoon, pick them up one at a time and rinse them in your bowl of water. If you are serving immediately, proceed to step 5, otherwise after rinsing the yolks place them in some mango juice to store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. You can put them in water instead of juice, but depending on how long you are storing them, they will absorb some of the liquid. In water (overnight) the taste will become a bit diluted and the texture more liquid, less gooey.

Step 5: Assembly

If you prepared your parts in advance, carefully pour the liquid off the egg whites and wipe the plates dry. Presentation is everything here!

Using your slotted spoon, carefully lift the yolks out of the mango juice, rinse them in a bowl of fresh water and place them on the center of the second layer of egg white.

Play around with this recipe. Next time I make these I'll use a little food coloring on the yolk to make some green eggs and ham. Maybe I'll color the egg whites too and serve rainbow eggs... but this time around I was going for the 100% realistic look.

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    81 Discussions

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    EstefaniRM
    EstefaniRM

    4 years ago

    Wow! I want to make this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing. It´s amazing :D

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    kevinchin76
    kevinchin76

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Looks amazing... imagine the look if have bacon and egg made this way ; ) Do you make Bacon too ?

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    belsey
    belsey

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Never tried fake bacon, but it would be fun to try...

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    theegghead
    theegghead

    6 years ago on Introduction

    THIS IS AWESOME! This looks like a great and healthy desert dish!

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    MAudette85
    MAudette85

    6 years ago

    funny enough I was gonna try this then I scrolled down and saw some guys comment about slipping yogurt and mango together and im so down for that. that actually sounds amazingly delish. thank kid.

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    SLCVeganista
    SLCVeganista

    7 years ago on Introduction

    For the "egg" white - did you use agar flakes or agar powder? This looks super delicious BTW - definitely am going to give it a try :)

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    ailnn
    ailnn

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I was posting on an older site and now, I see, the same arguments are go still going on two years later. So I'm re-posting here.

    Just found this site and was delighted to find this recipe. What I don't understand is why people are criticizing others for looking for recipes which mimic meat. I was told by my doctor to go on a vegan diet to prevent heart disease. I'm learning a lot but so many are critical of these foods. Why are you even looking and COMMENTING on such a site? Remember the old adage of MYOB. You look for your foods and I'll look for mine. I promise I'll never comment on your choices, even if it consists of cockroaches. I expect the same from you.

    Yeah, why bother, unless your intension is taking the mickey (this in deference of the "be nice" comment policy) out of the chicken or the vegans, why go to all that bother?

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    Picturerazzi
    Picturerazzi

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Stop being so upset already! Move on with your food choice of life and choose another instructable to look at. Please!

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    lynnhowlyn
    lynnhowlyn

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Very creative!

    Here's a question I've wondered about for a long time: Do vegans breast feed their children?

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    jill20
    jill20

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Years ago I did know one vegan who decided to feed her baby soy formula instead of breastmilk to keep him away from dairy. That being said, there are extremists in any group and I have no doubt that she was one.

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    devophill
    devophill

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    That's a really bad idea btw. Babies die of malnutrition on that method.

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    porcupinemamma
    porcupinemamma

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Actually, my 10 month old child had to have soy milk, as per his pediatrician's instructions. He was not able to digest milk- that's what kept my child alive...and yes, he was breast fed up until 10 months. He's is a healthy 27 years old now

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    devophill
    devophill

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, but your baby was breast-fed for 10 months. I'm referring to things like this:


    http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-09-12/news/30170552_1_soy-milk-vegan-couple-life-sentences

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    wilderness
    wilderness

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Hmm. I wonder. Do carnivores eat theirs?

    Really, if you're seriously troubled by this question, you could try investigating what sort of reasons peole have for chosing a vegan diet. If you're still preplexed, you could go out on a limb and actually talk to a vegan...

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    Beta_Orionis
    Beta_Orionis

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I'd say it's a valid question considering the fringe vegans who won't feed their pets meat products or eat things like honey (even naturally collected.) And what if lynn doesn't know any vegans in real life so decided to pose the question in a safe environment? There was also no mention of being troubled or confused by the notion, just that it was something wondered.

    As you know, there exist vegans who choose the diet for activism, or other reasons exclusive of health interests. Obviously growing infants need the nutrients breast milk can provide, but it's not hard to imagine someone who does not think that through, regardless of their diet. The only way I find this question "dumb" is that it presumes that people do anything categorically.