On my birthday, I got this weird present. They weren’t wrapped with pretty pink ribbon nor beautifully packed with wrapping paper, since I got them on my birthday, I consider that they were my birthday present.
The present I got is eggs baked on Elvan stone. Have you ever had eggs baked on Elvan stone before? I wouldn’t think so. It was my first time trying these eggs too.
You can see them at a sauna (public bath) in Korea. They are called “Maekbanseok gyeran” (Maekbanseok is Elvan stone and gyeran is an egg) Apparently lots of people love to eat those eggs there. Eggs baked on Elvan stone are more expensive than normal eggs, my sister thinks that one egg is about US 50 cents or more. The person who gave them to me works at a sauna, so he said he got it cheaper than retail price.
It takes about 3 hours or more to bake the eggs on the stone, and they taste really good when they are still warm, but they were cold when I had them. It tastes like roasted chestnuts to me (only the egg white part). The unshelled egg is soft, delicate, and shiny. When I first cracked the shell, I thought they were boiled in soy sauce or something.
Now you would wonder why these eggs are so special? I did too.
I couldn’t find any reason for their popularity, but Elvan stone is known as a really useful stone for health. It gets rid of harmful metals in your body, it is good for the skin (it cleans skin diseases, like pimples, tumors etc), and when it is heated, it releases far infrared rays, which are good for blood circulation, delaying aging, and activating cells. So eggs baked on Elvan stone must be good!
In English, there is some information about Elvan stone at Seoul Zimzilbang. It summarizes health benefits pretty well. Now I feel like going to a spa and having some warm baked eggs on Elvan stone. What about you?
Update: You can make this Korean sauna style egg at home now using a rice cooker! Ready in 50 mins. For a recipe, click here.