An Egg-cellent Experience

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These sandals are hard to walk in.  A couple times they went shooting off my feet and skidding across the pavement!  It’s easier without the socks.

 

After onsen-hopping and soaking till I was perfectly pruney, I had worked up an appetite.  In Kinosaki, one can experience a unique culinary experience called the “onsen egg”.  First you pick your bag of 3 or 5 eggs from the kiosk.

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Which one to choose…

Then, you gently lower your eggs into the hot spring water and tie it to the lattice provided just for the occasion.

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Set your watch timer.  The Japanese like raw food and 11 minutes makes for a warm but still raw egg.  16 minutes was a cooked, soft-boiled egg, more to my liking.  As you are waiting for your egg to cook, there is a shallow hot springs pool to soak your feet in.  There were a couple teenagers there at the foot soak and I assumed they would be like your typical American teenagers, ingnoring me at best or rolling their eyes and making snotty comments at worst.  Wrong!  I set my purse on the ground and the boy quickly jumped up and moved their belongings aside and lifted my purse to the bench.  I also hadn’t brought a towel and the girl offered me hers to dry my feet.  Over and over, the Japanese have proven themselves to be above and beyond curteous and kind.

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Once your egg is cooked, there is a table with a special holder so it doesn’t roll away.

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Next, you attack your egg with these crazy shark mouth scissors.  My egg kept squirting away and a kind stranger did it for me.

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This is what it’s supposed to look like next.  Sprinkle with a bit of salt…

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And enjoy with the tiny wooden spoon provided!

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Yummy!

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