How To Tell Fake Eggs From Real
By now, most of us have probably come across this Facebook post by netizen Jerome Junior, where he claimed to have been served “man-made eggs from China” from a coffee shop in Ang Mo Kio. If you haven’t, check out this video:
In the post, Jerome accuses the coffee shop in Blk 727, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 of serving him “fake” eggs after he observed that the soft boiled eggs he was served were unusually murky and poorly prepared.
In a comment, he also noted that a Chinese national had served him the eggs — and somehow this seemed to prove to him that the eggs were certainly from China. As if the Chinese national staff member flew to work from China every morning bringing fake eggs with him.
He also stated that he had made a report with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority on this issue.
The post went viral for awhile, until the AVA assured Singaporeans in a Facebook post that the eggs were in fact, real. And Singapore does not import eggs from China.
The eggs that Jerome had eaten did look kinda weird — they were probably a little shabbily prepared, but they were real, and from Malaysia.
“Real” Fake Eggs
Although the eggs that Jerome got were real, people in other countries have not been so lucky.
In countries without tight import regulations like China and India, fake eggs are unfortunately more commonplace. These eggs are made almost entirely in a lab, as a devious way to reduce costs as running a chicken farm costs more.
Check out this video of fake eggs in China to see how real they can look:
Thankfully, these fake eggs don’t seem to have hit the shores of Singapore — yet.
But in the event they do, here’s how you can tell the difference between real eggs and fake eggs.
1. Egg Shell
Fake eggs have unnatural unblemished egg shells, and are unusually shaped.
They are also slightly harder and shinier than real eggs.
2. Yolk-White Mixing
Reports also show that in synthesized eggs, the egg yolk and egg white tend to mix almost instantaneously when the egg is cracked open, while in genuine eggs, the egg yolk will stay apart from the egg white for a longer time.
This is because both the yolk and the white in the fake egg are made from the same raw materials in the lab.
3. Yolk Colour
Because they are made in a lab, the colour of the fake egg yolk tends to be uniform, and has a darker shade.
Of course, you could also look for other obvious signs like the egg yolk being especially bouncy?
Looks fun, right?
Unfortunately, conducting a bounce test on a kopitiam able isn’t really that hygienic — especially if the egg turns out to the real.
Given that fake eggs are made from chemicals, they aren’t good for your health. So, stay alert and avoid these bad eggs.
Some hazardous substances that can be found in fake eggs include calcium carbide, sodium benzoate and petroleum-based food colourings.
Jerome has since removed his Facebook post, and has posted an apology for being too quick to label the eggs as fake.
To avoid being like him, we think people should be certain of the facts before posting such stories, and the guide above will definitely help.