Mayak Eggs. It's been all over social media in Korea this year.
But is it worth the hype? Yes - let me show you a few pictures!
Mayak is the Korean word for “illicit drugs”.
I don’t know who’s naming recipes, but the description is very blunt. (Excuse the pun!)
You'll see the term 'mayak' being appended to other dishes like mayak toast, mayak chicken, etc.
The point is that these Mayak Eggs are very addictive!
In fact, I like this recipe more than our traditional soy sauce eggs recipe.
This recipe is layered with more flavors:
First, you’re hit with the salty base flavor of soy sauce – but it isn't overpowering. The soy sauce is diluted with an equal ratio of water.
Then, you'll taste some sweetness from the sugar, as well as a touch of garlic flavor.
Finally, there's a subtle aroma of roasted nuttiness from the sesame oil.
It’s the mix of contrasting flavors that is so addicting - like mayak!
In fact, we boiled a second batch of eggs and dunked in back into the leftover soy sauce mixture. 🙂
Cooking Notes for Mayak Eggs:
Before eating, I recommend pouring just a dash (not too much!) of sesame oil over the eggs and rice. This helps to bring all of the flavors together.
When boiling eggs, add salt and a splash of vinegar to the water. This makes them easier to peel and prevents any eggs with small cracks from leaking. (Thank us later!)
If you want to make a second batch, you'll want to sterilize the soy sauce first: To do this, bring the leftover soy sauce up to a boil and let it gently simmer for 1-2 minutes. Then let the soy sauce completely cool backdown.
Then add in more boiled eggs - simple as that!
How long does this last in the refrigerator?
We recommend finishing the eggs within a week! Well, that’s if they even last that long.
Neighbors, if you haven’t cooked with us yet, consider this easy (peasy) recipe. It’s perfect for mornings when you gotta move quick but still want a hot, filling breakfast!
-Daniel out 🕺
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Mayak Eggs - Addictive Eggs!
- Eggs - 8 or you can use more
- Spring onion - 1 stalk size of your forearm
- Cheongyang chili pepper - 1 whole or use ½ a Jalapeno
Soy Sauce Mixture
- Soy sauce - 1 cup
- Water - 1 cup
- Sugar - ½ cup
- Minced garlic - 1 Tablespoon
- Sesame seeds - 2 Tablespoons
- Cooked rice - 1 cup
- Sesame oil - drizzle don't forget!
- Soft-boil or hard-boil your eggs. (Reference video for details). Peel eggs and set them aside.
- Chop spring onion and chili pepper into very thin slices.
- Take out a plastic container. Mix 1C soy sauce, 1C water, ½C sugar, 1T minced garlic and 2T sesame seeds.
- Then throw-in in chopped spring onions and chili peppers into the mix.
- Place your boiled eggs into the soy sauce.
- Then place plastic container in refrigerator. Let it sit there for 6 hours (or overnight).
- To serve: Place a bed of cooked white rice on a bowl. Scoop out one egg. Then get some of the flavored soy sauce over the egg and rice as well. Finally, top it off with a slight drizzle of sesame oil.
- Bon Appetit!
- If you can't do spicy, don't add in the peppers.
- You can substitute 1 stalk of spring onion with 3-4 stalks of green onions.
- Make sure to add a dab of sesame oil over the egg and rice before eating!
- You can reuse the leftover soy sauce: Bring it up to boil and then let it cool down. Then add more hard-boiled eggs in.
- See video below for more details
Lily Eka Sari says
I tried this recipe yesterday, and it was da bomb!!! I mixed several types of soy sauce to compliment each other's taste and level of saltiness.
Thank you so much for sharing such a simple and doable recipe, perfect for a super busy people. It will become my go-to side dish from now on.
Why do you need to knock the eggs on the table before adding cold water to boil?
Will it be a difference to boil water then add the eggs? I did not knock but 6mins room temperature eggs onto boiling water became hard boiled eggs. Will try 5min or 5mins 20secs to 30secs. Adding vinegar & salt help to remove the eggshell easily.
Oh my land, these were delicious! This is the first recipe I have made from your wonderful website, but it won't be the last (already got the ingredients to make Korean Buldak Fire chicken for dinner!). I made 7 eggs and marinated them overnight with the the only change being using a full jalapeno instead of half since we like spicy. The husband and I tried them this morning and were instantly in love. All 7 eggs were gone by 1pm. We kept the marinade and will be making more eggs tomorrow. My husband says he is ready to place the soy sauce mixture on everything! Thanks so much for the awesome recipe.
Delta Okin says
Hi Daniel and Katy I made these eggs the other day and husband and I can’t get enough of them. We are so glad to have found you on you tube and your website is saved so I can make lots of other recipes. Thank you thank you love from Sweden
Hi neighbor! I just made this today and am going to let it sit overnight. I noticed the notes said to boil the leftover sauce to reuse. Why is that? Can't I put in the eggs in the same sauce and repeat the process again? Thank you!
made mine last night (but added a couple of teaspoons of sesame oil, too, because I'm crazy like that). SO GOOD with a bowl of 잡곡밥 & 김치! thanks for the recipe.
Glad you enjoyed it Deedle! The eggs are bit addictive no? And yes on the sesame oil! Tops it off perfectly 🙂
I mean I added sesame oil to my marinade. I also do the drizzle -- it's important! your version is so good. the others I've seen don't always have garlic, or they're missing chiles. I think this one is the best.
Between Ssamjang and raw veggies, and now this, I'm all set for the summer! I'm so glad I found your channel on YT and hope to see your cookbook someday!
Y'all are really cookin'!
Awesome! Welcome to the Neighborhood. If you throw a party, invite us 🙂