Saturday, April 26, 2008

Free range... (a.k.a. Kampong) eggs.

Read about healthy eating at Sher's (a Singaporean chef based in Croatia) the other day while having my breakfast.

With two eggs staring at me, I thought that this will be an apt post.

The concept of 'free range' is not entirely foreign to me. It's just that back home, it's being called another name - 'Kampong'.

Now a free range chicken merely means that the chicken has a larger area to roam about before being sent to the slaughterhouse (oh jolly..). Presumably, having more fresh air and exercise means that it's a healthier option compared to those raised in overcrowded coops.

In Southeast Asia, such 'free range' chickens are traditionally raised in kampongs (or 'villages' in the Malay language) thus the name 'kampong chickens'.

But can you really taste the difference between the two eggs above? One is a free range egg and the other is produced from a sweatshop. This Singaporean obviously can't.

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~YM~ said...

haha..had been eating kampong eggs since young, esp when my grandma would give it to us when we were young.

But kampong chicken does not necessarily mean free range chicken wor.. its just the type of chicken there is. The normal slaughterhouse chicken is usually the chicken that has mostly white feathers all over.

So even kampong chicken are also reared in overcrowded coop in Malaysia nowadays, depriving us of those authentic taste of kampong eggs from the "free-range" kampong chicken.

But I do understand what u mean, there's really a difference if you had tasted it before. n_n

Wenbin Nah said...

Nice post. Enjoyed it :)

Jasmine Shanea said...

I can't tell the difference. Never had a liking for eggs tho. Can't seem to stand those runny semi boiled eggs from kopitiams. Couldn't and would never be able to appreciate it. :) Someone tell me why do people like to slurp half boiled eggs in the morning?

Anonymous said...

If you'd ever owned your own chickens running about it your garden, you would know what a true free range eggs was like, and yes, you would be able to tell the difference :) The difference is that commercial free range hens are often kept largely indoors although they do have access to the outside and even then it may not be a field. It's the grass, slugs, insects and other bits and pieces that make the difference.

SheR. said...

Only difference I can tell is in the free range or organic chickens as opposed to the supermarket battery chickens.
Eggs-wise, only the freshest eggs taste different! Colour of shells and origin.. nope!
Wah.. kum sia for mentioning me on your post leh! I must write one in your name too! ;)

C K said...

Thanks for clearing that up! So Kampong chicken is really a seperate species and not really the manner at which they are brought up! Learnt a new thing today.

Was wondering whether if one can tell the difference between a free range kampong chicken or a cooped kampong chicken in a blind taste test...? :p

@wenbin nah
Thanks! Come back often, k?

@jasmine shanea
Haha, am one of those who enjoy 'slurping' (very loudly) those runny eggs.

It's really not suprising that many Londoners found it quite disgusting to consume semi raw eggs as well...

Somehow when you mentioned 'grass, slugs, insects and other bits and pieces', chicken (regardless of free range or not) does seem less appetising now... :)

You're welcome! Always like to introduce blogs that I like. :)

I once came across an egg with a half developed foetus in it. I lost my appetite for the entire week thereafter...

Fool said...

I don't know If I could probably not. Send me a dozen!

LadyBanana said...

I just fancy a fried egg now - have none in the house though...

C K said...

Do you prefer scramble or sunny side up? Scramble for me anytime!

Anonymous said...

i luv the sunny side can't taste the difference btw the two.

There's a belief among the Chinese that eating kampong eggs keep you warm. Don't know how true is that.