May 23, 2012

Tamago Toji/卵とじ

As I mentioned previously,
Tamago = Egg
Toji < Tojiru (to close, etc.)
Tamago toji refers to a dish completed by pouring beaten eggs over the ingredients cooked in a pot.
卵 = Egg
とじ < とじる(to closeなど)

As part of supper tonight, I made tamago toji with 250 g pork and one big onion.
今日の夕飯には、豚肉250 gと玉ねぎ大1個で卵とじを作りました。
I wanted to use four or more eggs, but I found only six of them in the fridge, so I used only two. I will need four others for breakfast tomorrow.

The broth was a 8:1:1 mixture of dashi, mirin, and soy sauce.

Edited to add:
images of tamago toji/卵とじの画像

Make a tamago toji dish according to your preference.  It may or may not be soupy.  Eggs may or may not be lightly beaten, and may or may not be fully cooked.  The broth may be a 4:1:1 mixture of dashi, mirin, and soy sauce, or it may be much lighter, say, 12:1:1.


okasan said...

I often do finish a nabe type dish with a beaten egg, just didn't realize that there is actually a terminology for it. なるほど!Tamago toji is a really good way to finish off a dish. I like it less cooked with more yolk intact!

Hiroyuki said...

okasan: In your case, you could say,
nabe no saigo ni tamago de tojiru
to pour eggs to finish off the nabe dish

okasan said...

Perfect, you have read my mind. I was trying to figure out how to word that in a sentence. Thank you very much for showing me how. 本当にありがとうございました。

Sissi said...

One more egg dish! What a nice surprise! I am so crazy for eggs, eat lots of them (we eat with my husband much more eggs than any person we know but still less than the Japanese: I have read that the Japanese consume more than 300 eggs a year on average). I have never heard about this dish. Thank you for the linguistic explication.
By the way, I'm preparing an egg dish post too. I hope you will like the idea...

Hiroyuki said...

okasan: どういたしまして(笑)

Sissi: Even though you have never heard about this dish, you have already made a specific tamago toji dish a number of times called oyakodon, right (laugh)?
300 eggs a year? That's almost one egg a day! But I think my family consumes much more!

I'm looking forward to your egg dish!