Paul Qui’s cooking has wooed diners at Austin, Texas, restaurant Uchiko. Now, the Philippines-born executive chef is also currently winning hearts and minds across America on Season 9 of "Top Chef: Texas."
In homage to the most romantic day of the year, Chef Qui suggests his version of egg-in-the-hole as the sweetest way to feed your Valentine. It’s even a little bit tastier if it's served as breakfast in bed.
"If this dish isn't perfect for that cause, it makes a hell of a hangover cure too," says Qui.
Duck, quail, chicken, farm-fresh or free-range, white, brown or speckled, eggs have a long culinary history and should be revered. I am a huge fan of eating them hard-boiled, chopped up with butter and salt in a bowl. It was what my mom fed me every time I was sick; it's easy to swallow on a sore throat.
To this day it amuses me that every time I fire up a pot of hot bubbles to make my own, someone gives me unsolicited egg advice. It started early. When I was nine, my Aunt Gail said to "salt the water." I still do. And just last year someone taught me to "put the finished egg in the paper towel and roll it on the counter" for perfect shell cracking.
As chef Steven Satterfield of Atlanta’s renowned Miller Union restaurant stated, “The deviled egg is a Southern icon and let's face it, there would be no dessert without the egg."
Chef Satterfield is masterful when it comes to eggs, so for a change, I went to him to solicit a bit of hard-boiled advice. “My first tip is only make it deviled, for the deviled egg is a hard-boiled egg's best friend," he replied.
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