Three Emperors Steam Egg

Three Emperors Steam Egg, also known as “Three Egg Steamed Custard,” is a well-liked and sought-after Zi Char dish in Chinese cuisine. This delicate and savory custard features a delightful combination of three different types of eggs: chicken eggs, century eggs, and salted duck eggs. The dish’s popularity can be attributed to its smooth and velvety texture, rich eggy flavor, and the intriguing contrast between the ordinary chicken eggs and the uniquely flavored century and salted duck eggs. The Three Emperors Steam Egg offers a comforting and satisfying culinary experience, making it a perennial favorite among diners seeking a delectable and traditional addition to their Zi Char dining adventures.

Why Do People Love Three Emperors Steam Egg

People are drawn to the Three Emperors Steam Egg for various reasons. The dish’s smooth and creamy texture is incredibly satisfying, creating a delightful mouthfeel that people enjoy. Its subtle and mild flavour appeals to a wide range of taste preferences, making it a crowd-pleaser. Furthermore, the Three Emperors Steam Egg is packed with protein, making it a nourishing and satiating option.

In addition to its sensory qualities, the dish holds a special place in social gatherings. Often served as a dim sum item, it encourages communal dining, bringing people together to share and enjoy the experience. 

Making Three Emperors Steam Egg Yourself

making Three Emperors Steam Egg yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 4 large eggs
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • Chopped spring onions and cilantro for garnish

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Servings: 2-3

How To Cook Three Emperors Steam Egg

Step 1

In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs until well-mixed. Gradually pour in the chicken stock while stirring continuously. Ensure that the mixture is well combined.

Step 2

Add the soy sauce, salt, and white pepper to the egg mixture. Give it a gentle stir to incorporate the flavours evenly.

Step 3

Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a heatproof dish or individual serving bowls. This will remove any impurities and ensure a smooth texture.

Step 4

Cover the dish or bowls with aluminium foil or a lid. Place them in a steamer over high heat and steam for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until the eggs are set but still slightly jiggly in the centre.

Step 5

Carefully remove the dish or bowls from the steamer and garnish with chopped spring onions and cilantro. Serve the Three Emperors Steam Egg hot and enjoy its comforting flavours.

Serving Three Emperors Steam Egg With Other Dishes

Three Emperors Steam Egg pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes, making it a versatile addition to any meal. Consider serving it alongside steamed rice and stir-fried vegetables for a well-rounded and satisfying meal. Alternatively, you can enjoy it as a light appetiser or a side dish with other traditional Chinese delicacies, such as steamed dumplings or braised pork belly.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Protein-Rich: The dish contains protein from three different types of eggs – chicken eggs, century eggs, and salted duck eggs. Protein is essential for muscle repair, tissue growth, and overall body functions.
  2. Eggs Nutrients: Each type of egg contributes its unique set of vitamins and minerals. Chicken eggs provide vitamins like B12, D, and selenium. Century eggs offer iron and potassium, while salted duck eggs provide additional vitamin B12 and healthy fats.
  3. Vitamin A: Century eggs and salted duck eggs are good sources of vitamin A, supporting vision health and immune function.
  4. Calcium and Phosphorus: Century eggs and salted duck eggs contain calcium and phosphorus, essential for bone health and metabolism.
  5. Rich Flavor Profile: The combination of three different eggs creates a complex and satisfying flavor profile, appealing to a wide range of taste preferences.
  6. Balanced Meal: When served with vegetables or whole grains, Three Emperors Steam Egg can create a well-balanced meal, offering a mix of nutrients.
  7. B-Vitamins: All three types of eggs contain various B-vitamins, supporting energy production and nervous system function.
  8. Minerals: Century eggs and salted duck eggs are rich in minerals like iron and potassium, contributing to overall health.
  9. Comforting and Traditional: The smooth and velvety texture of Three Emperors Steam Egg provides a comforting and traditional culinary experience, making it a well-liked and sought-after dish among diners seeking a delightful and authentic Zi Char experience.

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang For An Authentic Zi Char Experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Three Emperors Steam Egg without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

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