Huevazo – Enormous Egg

September 29, 2011 By: erik Category: Damn, Nature!, Food, Funny, Spain, Videos, Weird 343 views

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Big EggEarlier this week, my wife told me that, to celebrate a successful business meeting she was going to have with a client, she wanted to have pork chops and fried eggs for lunch. Then she said, “And save the big egg for me. Don’t use it for any other recipes.” I raised an eyebrow, “The big egg?” She smiled and said, “You’ll know it when you see it.”

My father-in-law keeps chickens, you see, so we get all of our eggs from him. They are very “free range” and can roam around a penned area of a junkyard. Sometimes when I go with him to collect the eggs, he has to crawl under scrap metal to search for them, making it crystal clear how the Easter Egg Hunt tradition originated. The eggs from his chickens tend to be tastier, but also considerably more filthy (on the outside of the shell, only, of course), than store bought eggs. Getting food from outside the regulated market means that sometimes you find freak occurrences.

How Spaniards Fry Eggs

There are quite a few expat blog posts and YouTube videos about the unique way eggs are fried in Spain. A frying pan is filled with a considerable amount of oil. The egg is cracked into the oil, and then a spatula or spoon is used to splash hot oil over the top of the egg until a white film forms over the egg yolk. Then the egg is removed and served on the plate, maintaining an oozing liquid yolk – great for bread mopping! – when the yolk sack is broken. The egg is never turned.

Like most odd quirks you find living in a foreign land, it’s not necessarily better or worse…just different.

Other Spain Egg Trivia

In Spanish, the term huevo, for egg, is also used as slang for testicles. Clearly the term was not coined by anyone with any knowledge of reproductive biology. Here are a few interesting phrases using the slang:

Phrase Literal Meaning
tener huevos to have balls to have balls
estoy hasta los huevos I’m up to my balls I’m fed up
no me toques los huevos don’t touch my balls don’t fuck with me
tocarse los huevos to touch one’s balls to sit around doing nothing
costarse un huevo to cost a ball to cost a lot
me gusta un huevo I like it a ball I like it a lot

One time I was at the supermarket checkout and the cashier asked me how much of the stuff on the conveyor belt was mine, and I replied, not thinking about the double meaning, “Hasta los huevos“. We both laughed.

I hope you enjoy the video.

 
  • http://www.latortugaviajera.com/ Erin

    Me parto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is too awesome for words.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andreakopacek Andrea Kopacek

    Thanks for the laugh! I really needed a laugh today.  And now i’m going to go make myself eggs and toast for lunch…

  • Paola

    Well, as an Italian I wouldn’t put quite so much oil, but the principle is the same: the yolk has to be soft and why on earth would you turn the egg, unless you are making an omelette? I am pretty sure the queen of English cooking wisdom, Delia Smith, does the same.. I think it’s the Americans that fry eggs differently ;-)

    • http://twitter.com/simon1972 simon1972

      I was going to say that. I don’t think this method is specifically Spanish.

      • Janel Torkington

        I think this method is just specifically delicious.

    • http://erikras.com/?utm_source=disqus&utm_medium=profile&utm_campaign=Disqus%2BProfile Erik R.

      Perhaps. But if you google “how to fry an egg”, you get a page describing frying an egg in very little oil, and the first related article is How To Fry An Egg The Spanish Way describing the technique of spooning hot oil over the top of the egg.

      We Yanks have all kinds of terminology to answer the “how would you like your eggs?” question that you’ll get in any breakfast diner.

  • Anonymous

    Vaya huevazo!  I bet that made some fried egg…I just love making the eggs that way, but The Professor doesn’t since the oil splatters too much.

    Hey, and you forgot “ser un huevón” in your list. ;D