Mayak Eggs

This is a traditional Korean recipe for mayak eggs. The word “mayak” means drugs as a nod to their deliciously addictive flavors!

Mayak Eggs Recipe


6 eggs
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp white vinegar
½ cup soy sauce
½ cup water
⅓ cup half each of honey and dark corn syrup
2 stalks green onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 serrano chili, sliced
3 Thai red chilies, sliced (reduce or omit)
1 tbsp sesame seeds


  1. For the eggs, first place enough water to cover 6 eggs in a pot and add the salt and vinegar. Bring this to a boil. Then place the eggs carefully into the water. Stir the eggs clockwise a few times to help the yolks stay in the center. Boil for exactly 6 minutes.

  2. While the water is boiling, prepare an ice bath by placing several ice cubes in a bowl of cold water. Immediately after the eggs are finished boiling, place them in the ice bath. Let them cool for 10-15 minutes before peeling.

  3. In a bowl, stir together the soy sauce, water, honey, and corn syrup. Once that is all evenly mixed together, add the green onions, garlic, chilies, and sesame seeds.

  4. Place the peeled eggs in a container with a tightly sealing lid. Pour the marinade over the eggs, close, and refrigerate. Though it may be eaten within an hour, it is most flavorful if allowed to marinate overnight.

Recipe and Styling by Veda Sankaran / Photography by Dave Bryce

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