The next time you make hard-boiled eggs for your kids (or yourself), try these darling Yude Tama egg molds.
If you’re not able to find them in a local Japanese specialty store, you can order them from Kyoto-based Bento & Co, who happily ship anywhere in the world. (More about their fantastic online store here).
The molds come in two different packages: one that contains a fish and car, and the other that includes a bear and rabbit face.
As for making the eggs themselves, the process couldn’t be simpler. So simple that your little one can help you turn the eggs into their cute, whimsical creations.
1) Boil your egg as you normally like them.
As a tip, counter to what is a popular practice, avoid putting salt in the water. The salt can result in a rubbery texture. I like mine medium-boiled, so I normally place my eggs in cold water where the water just covers the eggs (about an inch of water above the eggs) and bring the water to a boil. I turn down the heat to low to keep the simmer, cover the pot, and let the eggs sit for 4 minutes.
3) Gently peel your eggs and place them into your mold.
4) Close the mold and place the eggs back into the cold water. Let them sit for about five minutes.
5) When you open the molds, they’ll be staring back up at you as the bunny, bear, fish, or car from the mold you used.
These molds offer a great little touch of playfulness to start your day.