Salted Egg Sauce on Prawns and Slated Egg & Tomato Salad

Salted Egg Salad & Buttered Prawns with Salted Egg Sauce

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If you’re a Filipino born in the Philippines you must love salted duck eggs.  (Hmm my stepson W, who hates anything yolk unless used as an ingredient, is an exception.)  Be it main served with fresh tomatoes, a garnish on Pancit Malabon, or just a wee bit on your favorite ensaymada or mooncake – it’s something that gives your dish that extra oomph.  So when Trish’s challenge for Kulinarya Cooking Club is to use itlog na maalat (salted eggs) as an ingredient or a whole dish, I could only think of salted egg and tomato salad.  But Erwin has this wonderful idea.  Salted eggs usually come in a pack of 6 – why not use all for entrée and 2 mains?  Not bad eh.  I’ll come to that a bit later.  Let me first describe the salad that I made.

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This is a quick one with fresh tomatoes, cucumber and carrots, with citrusy-sweet dressing – all tenderly tossed and slightly squeezed and when mixed with the salted egg wedges and coriander sprigs the flavors are quite fresh and delicate. I added a combination of paprika-infused olive oil and chili oil as I always make them but that’s optional. 2 tbsp of olive oil will do (or peanut oil).   Hay naku I literally drank the leftover sauce!  You may choose to add chopped chili or thin slices of raw onions (crunchy!).

Salted Egg Salad

Salted Egg Salad

Serves 2
Prep time 15 minutes
Meal type Salad


  • 2 salted duck eggs (cut into wedges)
  • A handful of cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 small cucumber (grated)
  • 1 small carrot (grated)
  • Coriander sprigs
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika-infused olive oil (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chili oil (optional)


In a bowl, combine fish sauce, limejuice, sugar and olive oil. Set aside while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Combine half of the prepared dressing with tomatoes, cucumber and carrots in a serving plate. Use your fingers to toss and squeeze lightly. Arrange salted egg wedges on top and garnish with coriander sprigs. Drizzle with the remaining dressing.


It would really be nice to have at least 1 salted egg yolk mashed and mixed with the dressing.  YUM.


For the main, I decided to make buttered prawns with salted egg sauce instead of the usual egg floss that always hit the spot. I must say the creamy sauce is to die for aside from the fact that the preparation is much easier than making egg floss.

Salted Egg Sauce on Prawns

I love frying whole prawns until shells are transparent, tails are crunchy and heads crispy.  Kinakain ko lahat walang tapon.  But not all my boys are like me.  So for this dish I bought headless prawns, peeled and deveined.

Buttered Prawns with Salted Egg Sauce

Too bad I couldn’t find curry leaves so I opted for lime leaves.  The flavor divine but unlike curry leaves that can be fried until crisp, these aren’t edible no matter how long I try to fry them.

Buttered Prawns with Salted Egg Sauce

Serves 2-3
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 40 minutes


  • 400g prawns (headless, peeled & deveined)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cooked salted egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • A handful of kaffir lime leaves (preferably curry leaves)
  • 1/2 cup fresh milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cooking rice wine


Salted EggDry prawns on paper towels. Season lightly with salt and freshly ground pepper. Set aside.

Carefully separate the yolks from the whites and mash these on a small bowl. Set aside.
Cooked prawnsHeat oil in a wok. Deep-fry prawns in batches for a minute. Drain in a colander.
lime leaves on butterRemove oil from the wok but leave about 2 tbsp of oil to mix with butter. Heat until melted. Add the lime leaves and cook until looking crisp and aromatic.
Prawns in Salted Egg SauceAdd the mashed yolks and cook for a minute or 2. Add fresh milk and sugar and cook over medium heat. Taste and season with a little bit of salt if you think necessary.
Buttered Prawns with Salted Egg SauceAdd the cooked prawns and combine until well coated. Add cooking rice wine and cook for another minute. Serve with steamed rice. (Photo also shows pickled cucumber and carrots.)

Kulinarya Cooking Club was started by a group of Filipino foodies living in Sydney who are passionate about the Filipino culture and its colourful cuisine.

Each month we will showcase a new dish along with their family recipes. By sharing these recipes, we hope you find the same passion and love for Filipino food as we do.

“February being the month of Valentine’s and everything red makes me think of that one red ingredient, that can sometimes be a whole dish, that I absolutely love and miss eating. PULANG ITLOG (or itlog na maalat)”Trish

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

17 thoughts on “Salted Egg Salad & Buttered Prawns with Salted Egg Sauce

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