Question about ordering fried eggs ...
- ipsedixit Jan 9, 2009 01:48 PM
What's your definition of the following terms for ordering fried eggs?
Here's my very unscientific definition:
1. Sunny side up = white firm, yolk still liquid
2. Over easy = Sunny side up but "flipped" so yolk doesn't appear "yellow" but is still "runny"
3. Over medium = over easy but cooked until yolk is set, but still runny in the middle
4. Over hard = over medium but cooked until yolk is firm
5. "stepped on" = over hard but yolk is smashed
Ha, interesting. I didn't know there were terms for anything beyond 'over easy.' I guess I generally have my fried eggs over medium...
The more you know... (cue rainbow).
Sounds good to me. Like manraysky, I've never heard of stepped on. I do like to order my hash browns (not home fries) "burnt" - which means very, very crispy on one side.
I tend to agree with your definitions, but recently saw a sign in a restaurant that defined things slightly differently. AFAIR, these folks claimed that an "over well" egg is one that has been fried both sides until the yolk is firm; "over hard" means the yolk has been broken. But then again, the same sign claimed that an "over easy" egg is supposed to have a runny white, so credibility is an issue.
Anyway, don't forget "basted" eggs - like sunny side up, they aren't flipped, but the top side is lightly cooked by spooning or splashing hot cooking oil over it (or sometimes by adding a little water to make steam and covering with a dome / pot lid / etc.).
I had never seen the basted egg until I visited my husband's family (done by his family by taking the spatula and gently flicking the hot oil onto the top of the egg).. It has become a new favorite of mine, and to me is a very 'pretty' looking egg. It's a nice way to prepare the egg when one is concerned with presentation.