Egg on a stick: Thousands of orders for quirky egg cooker

Some swear by fancy gadget Eggmaster to cook eggs, but others say it is weird to cook eggs in a "water bottle"

Nicely-shaped cylindrical egg. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Nicely-shaped cylindrical egg. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

It looks like a water bottle but is meant for cooking eggs.

A few thousand units of the quirky automated egg-cooker have been sold here, with customers buying it online and at stores such as Giant hypermarkets and Challenger.

The eggs are cooked in the cylindrical, non-stick cooking chamber, which is surrounded by a heating element.

Simply plug the gadget into an electrical point, pop an egg into the cooking chamber and the column of egg rises when it is ready.

The contraption was originally invented by Kalorik, a Belgian company which makes kitchen appliances. Called the Rollie Eggmaster, it was launched early last year. Companies in China and South Korea have also come up with their own versions.

A Singapore company, Aztech Technologies, which sells networking devices and home appliances, created one in March this year and called it the LollieEgg Roll Maker.

Its senior marketing communications manager, Mr Desmond Low, 42, says the company saw the potential in this product after several variations of such vertical egg cookers appeared online.

His company received over 2,000 orders within a three-week period after the Lollie- Egg Roll Maker went on sale on May 15.

It is sold at selected Challenger and Giant stores at an introductory price of $29.90, $10 cheaper than the recommended retail price.

Other brands are sold on popular online marketplaces such as GMarket and Qoo10, while the original product by Kalorik is available on for US$13.89 (S$17.40) and above.

There are about 19 sellers on Qoo10 selling the gadget, with names such as Eggplus, Eggstar, Eggfun and Eggchef. Retail prices range from $11.90 to $113, excluding shipping costs.

On Singapore mobile app marketplace Carousell, there are about eight sellers of the device.

Carousell's co-founder Quek Siu Rui, 26, says the first listing for the device appeared on his marketplace in mid-February.

A check with stores such as Robinsons, Tangs, Takashimaya, Isetan, Harvey Norman and Best Denki found that none of them stocks the egg cooker.

Mr Chriz Chan, 29, who owns an online gift shop on Facebook, started selling them in early April.

He brought in nine Eggmasters from China at first, selling each for $19.90 and sold them within a month. He intends to bring in more this month.

Hairstylist Serene Chan, 48, went online to buy the Eggmaster two weeks ago and has since been won over by the convenience and compact size.

She says: "I like that I can take it to work and whip up a quick fuss-free snack any time. Plus, it's really fun to see the egg rise."

Student Crystal Lim, 18, who bought one in November last year, says she used her Eggmaster five times a week initially, but uses it only once or twice a month now.

She says: "It's not multi-use as it can only cook eggs and I cannot eat eggs every day forever." The novelty of the gadget, she adds, has worn off.

Others still prefer the conventional way of cooking eggs.

Civil servant Christina Toh, 50, says: "The convenience and time saved doesn't matter to me. It's weird cooking my eggs in a bottle and I still think it's easier to fry an egg myself."

How to use the Eggmaster

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1 Plug the Eggmaster into an electrical outlet. The red power light comes on, indicating the appliance is switched on.

2 Crack an egg in a bowl or plate, making sure the yolk is intact.

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3 Wait for the green pilot light to come on. Spray the Eggmaster cooking chamber with cooking oil spray. The green light will come on and off during use.

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4 Pour the egg into the cooking chamber. You can choose to place the lid over the Eggmaster, though it is not necessary.

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5 Wait between two and five minutes. The egg will slowly begin to solidify and rise. When it has risen half-way up the chamber, insert the packer and lightly press on the egg to make the top firm.

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6 The egg will pop out of the appliance.

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7 Stick a skewer into the egg and take it out of the cooking chamber.

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8 Unplug the appliance and wait for it to cool down. Wipe the funnel and exterior of the appliance with a damp cloth. Wet the cleaning brush and apply a bit of soap onto the wet brush. Clean the cooking chamber and rinse it with water. Do not allow the the cord, plug and indicator lights to come into contact with water.

Verdict: We obtained a nicely-shaped cylindrical egg that was well-cooked, with some crisp parts.

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Cooking ham-wrapped egg

Creative home cooks can try adding different ingredients to their eggs. Roll up a slice of ham and place it in the oiled cooking chamber. Place the lid over the cooking chamber and let it cook for one to two minutes. Pour an egg in and place the lid back. The egg will rise and pop out of the cooking chamber with the ham around it after a few minutes.

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