Sipo egg is a quail egg and shrimp recipe from Pampanga of Philippines and made by quail eggs, gizzard, thin sliced pork and shrimp paste. It is fried and cooked with minced onion, garlic, carrot, green peace and jicama. Seasoned with oyster sauce, pork broth, pepper and cashew nuts. This Kapampangan dish is a very colourful dish which will truly attract your eyes and will boost your appetite. Whether as an appetizer or an ulam, you’ll never go wrong with this one!
WHAT ARE QUAIL EGGS?
Quail eggs or itlog ng pugo is a very small type of egg produced by the Japanese quails or simply quails. These quails are small birds which are cultivated in the country specifically for their eggs. The eggs of a quail or “itlog ng pugo” is really small, with both white and black shell, similar to the color of a cow.
I had loved quail eggs for my entire life. Since we travel a lot as a kid, I first knew about quail eggs when it was offered to me in a bus ride. Apparently, boiled quail eggs is one of the famous bus snacks in our country. They usually come in 4 to 5 pieces with a small plastic with salt. At first, I thought that these were baby chicken eggs and that they will still grow into the regular chicken egg we know. I used to store one of my quail egg at home, waiting for it to grow. Whenever I remember that moment, I really burst into laughter!! HAHA
Just like me, my niece first knew about quail eggs on a bus. She loved it so much that she told me that quail eggs are the eggs for kids while chicken eggs are for adults. She was really funny and that bus ride was so happy just because of her new love for quail eggs.
After a few weeks, my niece started to ask us to travel since she wants these boiled quail eggs. She first thought that you can only have quail eggs from the bus vendors! Since kids are now allowed in the supermarket, I had my niece with me and we bought some quail eggs. I gathered some veggies as sipo eggs would make her quail eggs experience much much better.
As we got home, she was so surprised that the quail eggs are not boiled, just like what she had at the bus. I explained to her that we need to boil them first before eating. That experience really made her sad so she just simply decided to sleep. (HAHA)
I am preparing the sipo eggs as she sleep so she has something special to wake up to for later. What I love about sipo eggs is that the dish is very colorful and with a lot of flavors and textures to it. Best dish to serve if you want to brighten one’s mood!
And just as I expected, my niece twinkles her eyes as she saw the sipo eggs I made. She gathered a lot of eggs and vegetables and loved the dish so much. What I love most about this dish is that it is almost similar to chopseuy but with more interesting ingredients. Imagine adding jicama in this type of dish?
If you want to cook something tasty, colorful and healthy for your kids, try to make them some sipo eggs today! Learn the recipe by reading and following the simple steps below. Happy cooking!
HOW TO MAKE SIPO EGGS
Sipo eggs has a lot of ingredients but do not worry to much as this dish is super duper easy to make.
Start by boiling your quail eggs. These eggs are much smaller than chicken so they will cook faster. I boiled mine around 5 to 7 minutes. You can always do a taste test just to be sure.
In a sipo dish, we are going to have different types of meat and veggies. Start by sauteing the meat. I used chicken liver, gizzard, pork, and shrimps. Just remember to cook the shrimps last since they are very quick to cook and very prone to overcooking.
For the veggies, our goal is to have a variety of colors. In this recipe, I used celery, carrots, green peas and jicama (singkamas). These are the usual veggies added in sipo eggs but you can add other veggies that you like. We also aim to have them in similar sizes, so slice them accordingly. Add them to the pan and cook.
The sauce base would be the pork broth. You can simply dissolve pork broth cube in water for instant pork broth. Peel your boiled quail eggs and add them to the pan. We want a thick sauce for our sipo eggs, so add some slurry and stir until you achieve the desired consistency. The dish is ready when all ingredients are nicely cooked and are coated with the sauce.
I usually eat my sipo eggs as an appetizer or a side dish. Sipo eggs also pairs best with some hot steaming rice!
Sipo EggCourse: Filipino Recipes, Vegetable Recipes
1 cup pork (thinly sliced)
7 pieces gizzard (sliced)
¼ kilo shrimp (deveined, shells and head removed)
20 pieces quail eggs (boiled)
1 carrot (cut into small dice)
1 jicama (cut into small dice)
1 cup green peas
1 stalk celery (sliced)
1 onion (minced)
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 cup pork broth cube
Slurry (cornstarch + water)
Pepper to taste
Salt to taste
- Heat enough oil in a pan. Add the onions and garlic and then saute for a few minutes until aromatic and light brown. Add the thinly sliced pork and saute until no longer pink in color. Add the gizzard and saute for around 2 minutes.
- Add the deveined shrimps and stir gently until they become orange.
- Add the sliced celery, carrots, green peas, and jicama. Stir them to saute for a few minutes.
- Pour the pork broth (pork cube dissolved in hot water) and then add the boiled quail eggs. Season with some salt and pepper to taste. Stir a bit.
- Add some slurry to thicken the sauce. Continue cooking until the sauce thickens. Then, add the cashew nuts and stir a bit. Turn the heat off.
- Transfer the sipo eggs to a serving plate. Serve this as an appetizer or have it with a big bowl of hot steaming rice. Yum!
Sipo Egg Recipe (TAGALOG)
- 1 tasa ng baboy (hiniwa ng maninipis)
- 7 piraso ng balunbalunan (hiniwa)
- ¼ kilo ng hipon (deveined, natanggalan na ng shells at ulo)
- 20 piraso ng itlog ng pugo (nilaga)
- 1 carrot (hiniwa ng maliliit na square)
- 1 singkamas (hiniwa ng maliliit na square)
- 1 tasa ng green peas
- 1 stalk ng celery (hiniwa)
- 1 sibuyas (hiniwa ng maliliit)
- 3 butil ng bawang (hiniwa ng maliliit)
- 3 kutsara ng oyster sauce
- 1 tasa ng pork broth
- Slurry (cornstarch + tubig)
- Magpainit ng mantika. Ilagay ang sibuyas at bawang at igisa ng ilang minuto hanggang maging light brown. Ilagay ang maninipis na karne at igisa hanggang maging light brown. Sunod na ilagay ang balunbalunan at igisa ng 2 minuto.
- Ilagay ang mga hipon at lutuin hanggang maging orange.
- Sunod na ilagay ang celery, carrots, green peas at singkamas. Haluin at igisa ng ilang minuto.
- Ilagay ang pork broth (pork cube na tinunaw sa mainit na tubig) at ilagay ang itlog ng pugo. Timplahan ng asin at paminta at saka haluin.
- Maglagay ng slurry para lumapot ang sauce. Kapag malapot na, ilagay ang kasoy at haluin ng konti. Patayin ang apoy.
- Ilipat ang sipo eggs sa serving plate. Ihain ito bilang appetizer o samahan ng mainit na kanin. Yum!