When you need to quickly whip up a meal and all you have in the fridge are some eggs, you can do no worse than preparing some Indonesian telur ceplok mentega (fried eggs in buttery sweet soy sauce). Telur ceplok is basically sunny side up, with telur is Indonesian for egg and ceplok means drop. This cooking term comes from the fact that an egg is cracked and dropped on a frying pan, exactly what you do when making a sunny side up. And the mentega (butter) stands for buttery sauce cooked with kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce), onion, and garlic.
Saus Mentega (Buttery Sweet Soy Sauce)
As long as I can remember, saus mentega comes with fried chicken (Indonesian: ayam goreng). Most Indonesian children will probably rank ayam goreng saus mentega as their favorite food. So it is no wonder that over time, the sauce part in the original fried chicken dish is adapted with quick and easy to prepare sunny side ups. If you are omnivores, you may want to give the original ayam goreng mentega a try 🙂
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
- ½ onion (~ 200 gram), thinly sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 jalapeno, seeded and thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoon Indonesian sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- ¼ teaspoon sugar
- 6 eggs, fried sunny side ups
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- Melt butter in a frying pan over medium high heat. Sauté onion and garlic until fragrant and onion is translucent. Add in jalapeno slices and mix well.
- Season with Indonesian sweet soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, salt, ground pepper, and sugar. Mix well.
- Add the six fried sunny side ups to the pan. Gently toss to coat. Turn off heat, garnish with thinly sliced scallions and serve immediately.