Marbled eggs


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Fire Islands: Recipes from Indonesia

Fire Islands

By Eleanor Ford

Published 2019

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A delicate savoury flavour infuses these slow-cooked eggs, but it is their looks that really impress. The natural dye in onion skins seeps through the cracked eggshells, leaving the whites gleaming and veined like marble.


  • 6 eggs
  • large handful shallot or onion skins
  • 3 tablespoons kecap m


Wash the eggs well and choose a pan that will hold them in a fairly snug single layer. Put the shallot skins at the bottom and sit the eggs and other ingredients on top with a pinch of salt. Cover with water.

Bring to the boil, cover and lower the heat to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon, cool under running water and bash them lightly all over on a hard surfac