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Food: How Carrot-Coconut Sunny-Side-Up Egg is Made

I was watching Netflix's "The Mind of a Chef" and came across this interesting creation called the Carrot-Coconut Sunny-Side-Up from Wylie Dufresne (Season 1 Episode 9 at around 13:20). He was able to create something with the consistency and look of an egg without using any eggs. What fascinated me was the combination of ingredients and cooking methods.

The egg white is made with:

  1. Coconut milk
  2. Cardamom
  3. Sugar
  4. Locus bean gum
  5. Guar gum
  6. Xanthan gum

All that is mixed into a pot and simmered and mixed. After some undisclosed time, it is simply scooped out and put on the serving plate where it will immediately cool down and congeal to the "egg white."

The egg yolk is made with:

  1. Carrot juice
  2. Smoked maple syrup
  3. Salt
  4. Glucose (so it doesn't freeze solid)
  5. Xanthan gum (to give egg yolk consistency)

The egg yolk covering/gel is made with:

  1. Water
  2. Kappa carrageenan gum
  3. Locus bean gum

The egg yolk ingredients are mixed, put into a mold that resembles an egg yolk, put into a freezer until it freezes. When that's almost done freezing, you can make the egg yolk covering/gel by mixing the gel ingredients into a pot and heating it up and mixing until you get a nice gel consistency. Once the egg yolk is done freezing, you dip it into the gel and then put it on top of your "egg white."

Viola, you have a Carrot-Coconut Sunny-Side Up from Wylie Dufresne.

What I'm curious about is what he went through to find this combination of ingredients. Apparently, it tastes nothing like an egg. Definitely a bucketlist item to try.