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Soft-Boiled Eggs, Served in a Cup

Table manners for eating soft-boiled eggs. Soft-boiled eggs are often served in an eggcup made with a wide rim and a bowl that is narrow at the bottom.

  • Place the egg's most pointed end in the cup.
  • Crack the shell with a knife in a horizontal movement, all the way around the egg.
  • The tip of the knife is used to lift the shell from the egg and place it on the side of the plate.

Because the exposed part of the egg is relatively flat, if a dab of butter is placed on it, the butter melts and flows over the egg.

A mound of salt and pepper is made on the side of the plate. With a small spoon, such as an after-dinner coffee spoon, a bite of egg is scooped from the shell and dipped into the seasonings. Alternatively, a pinch of salt and pepper may be sprinkled over each bite by hand.


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