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Salted Egg Yolk Tater Tots

Growing up, my parents used to make me rice porridge with salted duck eggs during colder seasons or whenever I was not feeling well. While it was a fairly simple dish, I really enjoyed it because I loved the salted yolk center.

In recent years, I've noticed a sudden craze for salted egg yolk everything. I first realized this when I visited Singapore a couple year ago. I tried IRVINS Salted Egg Fish Skin for the first time and it was honestly one of the best snacks I've ever eaten in life. To this day, I still regret not buying a case to bring back to the states!

Shortly after, I discovered a Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant that served fried crab with salted egg yolks in San Francisco. I, of course, fell in love with it and ended up re-creating my own version here. I started to wonder what else salted egg yolks can be added to, which brought me to potatoes! They are so versatile and can be paired with almost any topping anyone can dream of. I always have a bag of frozen tater tots in my freezer, so thought this would be the perfect opportunity mix my two loves together. I present you: salted egg yolk tater tots!

Salted Egg Yolk Tater Tots

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Yields: 2-3 servings


  • ~16 oz frozen tater tots

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter

  • 2 tbsp evaporated milk

  • 2 cooked salted duck eggs

  • Sea salt (to taste)

  • Green onions (chopped; for garnish)


  • Preheat oven and bake tater tots on a lined baking tray per instructions on the packaging.

  • While tots are baking, slice duck eggs into halves. Scoop out just the yolks into a small bowl. Use a fork or spoon to mash into a paste-like texture. Set aside. (You can discard the egg whites or repurpose for different dish).

  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add evaporated milk. Once liquid starts to boil, reduce to low heat. Careful not to burn butter. Add mashed egg yolks and mix all ingredients together. Turn off stove.

  • Once tots are done, remove from oven but keep oven on. Toss tots and yolk mixture in a medium to large bowl, until tots are evenly coated.

  • Transfer tots back on baking tray and into the oven. Change oven setting to broil (high), and let broil for about 3 minutes (or until tots are crispy). Once tots are to preferred crispiness, transfer to serving plate. Garnish with green onions and serve warm.


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