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Gone2far Wed 10-Apr-19 12:33:41

Do cafes have to overcook scrambled eggs? Whenever I order them (even when I asked for them not to be overcooked) they are hard and bouncy. I.e overcooked. And I love nice se - barely cooked when they leave the kitchen so the residual heat finishes them off.

Gone2far Wed 10-Apr-19 12:34:36

Scrambled eggs in a cage!! In a CAFE ffs

AryaStarkWolf Wed 10-Apr-19 12:36:05

I only clicked to see what the hell scrambled eggs in a cage was about grin

polarpig Wed 10-Apr-19 12:36:19

Haha, you'll get a lot of people read the thread as they want to know what on earth you are talking about!

Mrsjayy Wed 10-Apr-19 12:38:31

I came for eggs in a cage thought it was some poncy hipster breakfast 😁

Scrambled eggs need to be good right through in cafes so usually made and kept warm or made in the microwave but for food hygene reasons they usually can't be on the runny side

Mrsjayy Wed 10-Apr-19 12:39:42

Cooked right through*

BlueSkiesLies Wed 10-Apr-19 12:40:44

This is why I don't go out for 'brunch' or a cooked breakfast. I can do a much better job myself.

ChristinaMarlowe Wed 10-Apr-19 12:43:51

Agreed! I just don't have them out. Ever. I like them with just butter and then as they are scrambling a bit of creme freiche to stop them going past it... I want scrambled eggs now! With cherry toms and streaky bacon and mushrooms and ciabata toast - breakfast of the Gods!

NetballHoop Wed 10-Apr-19 12:44:12

Free the eggs!

Smellslikemiddleagespirit Wed 10-Apr-19 12:44:48

Yep, another here who came to find out what scrambled eggs in a cage was!

Yes, cafe and hotel scramblers are foul.

MariaNovella Wed 10-Apr-19 12:45:17

Scrambled eggs are only ever nice at home.

StarlingsEverywhere Wed 10-Apr-19 12:47:00

Thought this was something about battery hens! Rubbery isn't great but I wouldn't be keen on just barely set either.

Eliza9919 Wed 10-Apr-19 13:01:18

YANBU. I won't eat in cafes anymore because the fried eggs usually have snot on or have hard yolks, the sausages are shit quality and rank, the bacon is horrible and they normally put the egg next to the beans. So it's easier to cook it myself with ingredients I know I like.

BabyDarlingDollfaceHoney Wed 10-Apr-19 13:03:52

I like my scrambled eggs bouncy.

Gone2far Wed 10-Apr-19 13:04:44

Yes-eggs mixed with beans is horrible as well

Dotty1970 Wed 10-Apr-19 13:08:12

Thrilling

LakieLady Wed 10-Apr-19 13:13:11

Eliza, are you my DP? grin

He complains about all those things, and is incredibly particular about where his beans are placed. Mind you, we both hate snotty eggs and cheap sausages.

We used to have a lovely cafe 10 minutes walk away, where the lady cooked eggs perfectly and the sausages were the prizewinning ones from the local butcher. She also did great mushrooms and the breakfast came with a small portion of saute potatoes. We used to go nearly every Saturday, until they closed down and converted the premises into 2 houses which they sold for £300k apiece. We were really cross, but I suppose you have to cook a lot of breakfasts to make £600k.

I don't know why people make such crap scrambled eggs, they're so bloody easy to get perfect (nothing added apart from salt and pepper and cooked in butter).

SerenDippitty Wed 10-Apr-19 13:16:34

Scrambled eggs are lovely with a dollop of cottage cheese mixed in when they've just stopped being runny.

MothertotheLordsofmisrule Wed 10-Apr-19 13:19:03

Some places try to avoid the bean tsunami taking over the plate by putting them in a teeny pot/ramekin.

That annoys me cause then you have the social angst of if it’s acceptable to pour them out or attempt to eat them from the ramekin.

I don’t not want to be known as some sort of bean ramekin luddite.

QuantumWeatherButterfly Wed 10-Apr-19 13:34:03

Bean placement is incredibly important IMO. None of you ABU about that!

That said - I don't have that much issue with finding nice, creamy just set scrambled eggs. Our local cafe does a great job if it. But I can't possibly tell you where is it, of course, or the place will be overrunsmile

Goodenough06 Wed 10-Apr-19 13:36:29

This is exactly why I always order poached when I'm out for breakfast! I can make amazing scrambled eggs for myself...poached not so much!
Ps. Also only clicked for the caged eggs.

Bringbackthestripes Wed 10-Apr-19 13:36:53

Having had the misfortune of being served undercooked scrambled eggs envy <not envy I have to say I like mine well cooked. Having scrambled eggs the consistency of custard is rank. There was definately no finishing off from residual heat.

I imagine they think it is better to serve bouncy eggs that have someone complaining to environmental health about salmonella grin

Disappointed that there isnt a picture you had taken in a poncey cafe of scrambled eggs served in a cage though.

InMyBloodstainedSundaysBest Wed 10-Apr-19 13:40:42

Despiiite all my rage I am still scrambled eggs in a caaage.

Smashing pumpkins had it all wrong grin

Topseyt Wed 10-Apr-19 13:41:04

I am disappointed now that it was scrambled eggs in a café. I really wanted to see what scrambled eggs in a cage was like. grin

DanielRicciardosSmile Wed 10-Apr-19 13:41:50

I think the trouble is that there's a range of ways people like their scrambled eggs, from quite soggy to quite hard, so they plump for the one-type-suits-all approach. I also agree with PP who mention fears of salmonella etc.

Oh and you should only ever eat sandwiches whilst in a cage.

TiIIy Wed 10-Apr-19 13:44:25

Aw, I thought Scrambled Eggs in a Cage was something a bit posh. It'd probably have avocado involved somehow!

Thesuzle Wed 10-Apr-19 13:45:52

Holy hell Goodenough06. Poached are a mine field too, set in the middle, or watery whites. Cooked then dunked in ice water then heated through, even in a top london hotels they still bugger them up. And charge you £25 plus

PinkHeart5914 Wed 10-Apr-19 13:47:48

I think it’s becuase most cafe places do them in the microwave and imo they always then turn out like rubber!

Should be the law to only cook them in a saucepan, the proper way!

I don’t order scrammbled when out for this reason

Yanbu

LaurieMarlow Wed 10-Apr-19 13:48:48

Scrambled eggs need to be done at home. A cafe set up doesn't work for that kind of cooking.

Also, no need to worry about salmonella from eggs nowadays because of the lion stamp.

Usuallyinthemiddle Wed 10-Apr-19 13:49:56

I'm really sad that was a typo. I was looking forward to some potato string basket type thing. Please go back and make it all up do I can hear about this wonder! grin

Murinae Wed 10-Apr-19 13:53:40

I think most hotels use powdered scrambled eggs

Rockbird Wed 10-Apr-19 13:57:57

Oh no, I'm the opposite. Scrambled eggs sitting in their own dribble makes me heave. I like them well and truly scrambled with no residual water.

downcasteyes Wed 10-Apr-19 14:02:24

I deliberately overcook mine - the thought of chicken germs is worse than the bounciness IMO. I also find really undercooked scrambled eggs too much like the consistency of vomit to be enjoyable.

ContessaIsOnADietDammit Wed 10-Apr-19 14:04:22

I'm vegan and even I was agog about the eggs in cages grin

I used to love them with spicy tomatoes on a bed of couscous <sigh>

Ellenborough Wed 10-Apr-19 14:06:07

I think they should ask you how you like your scrambled eggs in the same way they ask you how you want your fried eggs, or your steak.

I don't like them to be too dry and rubbery but having them too loose, the way proper chefs always insist they should be, makes me want to heave. Especially if there are still snotty bits in there.

Winniethepee Wed 10-Apr-19 14:10:50

In France,one egg is un oeuf.

Winniethepee Wed 10-Apr-19 14:12:37

And snotty eggs should be put in cages.

Ellenborough Wed 10-Apr-19 14:14:44

Poached are a mine field too, set in the middle, or watery whites. Cooked then dunked in ice water then heated through, even in a top london hotels they still bugger them up.

I went to a restaurant (not in the UK) for breakfast once and ordered avocado on toast with wilted spinach and a poached egg.

The egg had been pre-cooked and dunked in the iced water, ready to reheated just before serving.

Except it never got to the second stage. I think it went straight from the iced water to my plate. shock It was FREEZING.

And to add insult to injury there was no spinach. When I asked why they just shrugged and said 'We've run out. But we gave you some cucumber instead.' as though that was a perfectly reasonable substitution with no explanation beforehand. confused

And they looked at me like I was being completely unreasonable when I said it was not acceptable.

DoSomethingBob Wed 10-Apr-19 14:26:19

I was staying in a hotel this weekend. The first day the scrambled eggs came out like lumpy custard <shudder> so the second morning I asked if they could be cooked a little more. They arrived having been fried until they were browner than the rosti. hmm I think the kitchen were just taking the piss.
(Also only here for the cage.)

happyhillock Wed 10-Apr-19 14:31:38

I've never had scrambled egg out, i enjoy scrambled eggs, a kipper and grilled tomato's mostly on a sunday morning.

Usuallyinthemiddle Wed 10-Apr-19 14:34:07

Chicken germs! I think my life has been ruined with that one phrase! grin

HavelockVetinari Wed 10-Apr-19 14:41:53

Free the eggs, free the eggs! <chants>

DOWN WITH CAGES!

Personally I'd prefer my eggs properly set (but not rubbery), which is a difficult thing to achieve. You need a bit of milk and lots of lovely butter.

HarryTheSteppenwolf Wed 10-Apr-19 14:48:59

I'd imagine the cages (cafés) are anxious to avoid any risk of food-borne infection. Making lightly cooked scrambled eggs for yourself is one thing; serving them to the public in a cage is quite another.

Current food safety regulations say lightly cooked eggs may be served to the public as long as they are UK-sourced and lion stamped (and from chickens, rather than other birds), but many café proprietors will remember the nineteen-nineties, when there was significant concern about pood-poisoning risks from undercooked eggs, and some will be using cheap eggs of questionable provenance that shouldn't be served lightly cooked.

HarryTheSteppenwolf Wed 10-Apr-19 14:50:51

food-poisoning, obviously

not "pood-poisoning"

stucknoue Wed 10-Apr-19 14:58:03

I only eat them at home for that reason, even my mum can't make them right!

Ellenborough Wed 10-Apr-19 15:09:27

I was in a hotel in Asia that had an egg station that claimed to do eggs any style. DH had had scrambled the day before and they seemed decent so I decided I'd like some. I stood in front of the cooking station and was told 'Sit down madam, we'll bring them to your table.'

What I actually got was an omelette that has been cut into a zillion tiny pieces with a knife and fork. hmm

GarthFunkel Wed 10-Apr-19 15:13:46

I thought this was a step up from those fried egg silicone moulds!

Eliza9919 Wed 10-Apr-19 15:55:01

@LakieLady Wed 10-Apr-19 13:13:11
Eliza, are you my DP? grin

He complains about all those things, and is incredibly particular about where his beans are placed. Mind you, we both hate snotty eggs and cheap sausages.

We used to have a lovely cafe 10 minutes walk away, where the lady cooked eggs perfectly and the sausages were the prizewinning ones from the local butcher. She also did great mushrooms and the breakfast came with a small portion of saute potatoes. We used to go nearly every Saturday, until they closed down and converted the premises into 2 houses which they sold for £300k apiece. We were really cross, but I suppose you have to cook a lot of breakfasts to make £600k.

I don't know why people make such crap scrambled eggs, they're so bloody easy to get perfect (nothing added apart from salt and pepper and cooked in butter).

grin No but lots of people agree!

We haven't got a nice cafe nearby now either. The last 2 we have been to have messed up DP's eggs/beans and luckily he gets as annoyed as me about it so i don't look as unreasonable when it annoys me. So we go to the farm shops and cook our own.

I've found the best thing to do when ordering eggs when out is to ask for poached. At least then all they can fuck up is the yolk. Snot puts me off the whole meal.

OhioOhioOhio Wed 10-Apr-19 16:01:44

Yip. I'm only here for the cage too. Sorry!

donajimena Wed 10-Apr-19 16:02:28

I find that a lot of places make scrambled egg with milk. You can tell by the pale yellow and the watery stuff in the serving dish. I make amazing scrambled eggs, just 3 eggs and a large knob of butter. Cook until just past runny.

RustyBear Wed 10-Apr-19 16:08:17

Usually I avoid scrambled eggs in cafes & hotels for exactly this reason, but last month I went to Copenhagen & the hotel had perfect scrambled eggs every day. I don't know how they did it, because they were in a buffet, which is usually fatal, but they were soft and fluffy just as they should be. (It was the Scandi hotel next to the Planetarium, in case anyone books their hotel for egg-related reasons)

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