Japanese Marinated Soft Boiled Egg for Ramen (Ajitsuke Tamago)

Woooooo, I'm back but just a short period.

This I so want to keep in my recipe book! Muahaha. A definite Serious Eats

Japanese Marinated Soft Boiled Egg for Ramen (Ajitsuke Tamago)

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]
Note: This recipe can be made using leftover broth from chashu pork. If you have this broth, replace all the ingredients in the marinade with the broth.
About the authorJ. Kenji Lopez-Alt is the Managing Editor of Serious Eats where he likes to explore the science of home cooking in his weekly column The Food Lab. You can follow him at @thefoodlab on Twitter, or at The Food Lab on Facebook.


About This Recipe

YIELD:makes 6 eggs
ACTIVE TIME:10 minutes
TOTAL TIME:At least 4 hours to marinate
THIS RECIPE APPEARS IN:The Food Lab Redux: How to Make the Perfect Bowl of Tonkotsu RamenThe Food Lab, Ramen Edition: How to Make a Marinated Soft Boiled Egg (Ajitsuke Tamago)


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sake
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 eggs


  1. 1
    Combine water, sake, soy, mirin, and sugar in a medium bowl and whisk until sugar is dissolved. Set aside
  2. 2
    Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Pierce fat end of each egg with a thumbtack to make a tiny hole (this prevents them from cracking and eliminates the air bubble at the end). Carefully lower eggs into water with a wire mesh spider or slotted spoon. Reduce heat to maintain a bare simmer. Cook for exactly 6 minutes. Drain hot water and carefully peel eggs under cold running water (the whites will be quite delicate).
  3. 3
    Transfer eggs to a bowl that just barely fits them all. Pour marinade on top until eggs are covered or just floating. Place a double-layer of paper towels on top and press down until completely saturated in liquid to help keep eggs submerged and marinating evenly. Refrigerate and marinate at least four hours and up to 12. Discard marinade after 12 hours. Store eggs in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in ramen soup to serve.


Egg tarts

Someone should buy lottery...I've started baking again!! Despise the country being hot, today was rather cool hence the itch haha

Behold, my mini egg tarts!

Not bad for first try ;)

As well as I didn't have a chance to take any in between photos with my dirty hands but the base of the tart is the same as the ones I did for pineapple tarts but shortbread type.

Taste: Just like I want it, not too sweet but I think I should hit the high temp to darken the crust next time.

The tricky part of making egg tarts actually is the egg custard in the cup because it actually takes longer time to cook before the crust becomes hard. So it has to be baked at low temperature.

Anyway, here is my easy-to-bake recipe in case you wanna whip something quick. But if you want to take it a step further, I recommend Christine's wonderful Hong Kong egg tart recipe

Makes 9 mini egg tarts


Carrot cake

Been wanting to do this since I ever tasted the wonderful carrot cake from Suntec city near Giant after my gym session. Somehow they got the portion of walnuts, raisins and carrots so right!!! But I added pineapple into mine for 'flavour' and moisture. Turns out just as good ;). I was worried that it may be bitter coz of the walnuts but somehow it was ok when the cream adds in.


Well, mine turned out slightly abit more dense and moist than theirs since I used oil as opposed to creaming the butter with sugar slowly and dribbling the egg in which will take more time.


The cream cheese topping was spot on.


Half the cake gone :). Super happy Weeeee~~

Recipe courtesy from Check out the original post as it's got a video clip too!

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