Ever wonder how a Japanese steakhouse, a Southern greasy spoon, and a Vietnamese breakfast spot might play on a single plate? At Himitsu in Washington, D.C., Best New Chef Kevin Tien’s Steak and Eggs revision makes it work. A dozen fried quail eggs are a rich and playful pairing for seared steak. Nuoc cham—the Vietnamese power chord of lime, chiles, and fish sauce—dresses crunchy greens. Letting mushrooms and kombu soak in soy sauce for 24 hours yields a deeply savory sauce—a drizzle of it cranks up the steak’s umami. To crack quail eggs, use a pair of small-pointed scissors to pierce the top third of each shell. Snip around the shell, and then pour eggs into a bowl.

Kevin Tien
July 2018


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Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr 20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Make the umami soy sauce
  • Wipe any excess salt off kombu with a damp cloth. Combine kombu, soy sauce, and dried shiitakes in a small bowl. Cover and let stand at room temperature 24 hours.

Make the nuoc cham dressing
  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; stir until sugar dissolves. Set aside.

Instructions Checklist
Instructions Checklist
Make the steak and eggs
  • Sprinkle steak with salt, black pepper, and gochugaru. Heat a cast-iron skillet over high until very hot, about 3 minutes. Add canola oil, and swirl to coat. Add steak, and cook until deep golden brown all over and medium-rare, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board, and let rest 5 minutes.

  • Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium-high; spray with cooking spray. Break eggs into skillet, and cook until whites are set but yolks are still runny, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Toss together watercress, onion, and nuoc cham dressing in a medium bowl. Slice steak against the grain.

  • Divide steak evenly between 2 plates; drizzle each with 1 tablespoon umami soy sauce, and sprinkle evenly with furikake. Divide eggs and watercress salad evenly between servings. Store remaining umami soy sauce in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 3 months.