Edamame Salad with Poached Eggs

Majima-san, one of my best friends from Tokyo who I worked with in Itoya, gave me some beautiful pink sea salts she picked up from Kyoto and gave it to me just before I had to fly back from Tokyo to LA.. so to use it, and to conquer my fears of poaching an egg, I decided to make a stacked edamame salad: The foundation: israeli couscous, base layer: chopped up edamame, second: poached egg, all drizzled with a fusion of olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice, and sprinkled with pink sea salts…The built creation? Edamame Salad with Poached Egg and pink sea salts.

For the past few years, wall sections gave me an overwhelming amount of  anxiety in architecture and poaching eggs gave me tummy anxiety in the kitchen… I literally threw up (a little blob) in my office’s sink from the first wall section I had to conquer at work a few months ago… but thankfully nobody saw that and this week I was able to bust out enough sheets and tackle it by Monday with my team (thanks to the help of my boss who very patiently taught me by representing tape on paper as waterproofing walls), and I realized wall sections and details are actually more than lines, they’re interesting and kinda fun once you get the basics down.) I also attempted this salad recipe and got   BOTH eggs properly (Thanks to Youtube and Jordan my usc arch. colleague) I bought a dozen fresh new eggs in case it took me 12 to get 2 done right, and the first two ended up poaching perfectly.

Edamame Salad with Poached Egg


Preparation Time
10 minutes
Cooking Time
5 minutes
Serving Size
  • 1 lb. / 1 bag frozen edamame
  • 1/2 C israeli couscous
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • lemon
  • pink sea salt flakes or sea salt to taste


Step 1.

Briefly boil the unshelled edamame in a pot for a few minutes. Drain and cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Step 2.

Briefly boil the Israeli couscous in a pot for a few minutes. Drain and cool completely, about 15 minutes. Add some olive oil to prevent the couscous from sticking.

Step 3.

To poach the egg, boil about 3″ of water. Crack open an egg into a ramekin or small bowl.

Step 4.

Set a steady vortex by swirling the water in the pot and once it gets going, slowly pour about 1 tbsp of vinegar.

Step 5.

Slowly pour the egg into the vortex. Watch it carefully and use the knife or spoon to hold it together for about 3-5 minutes. Once cooked to desired, carefully scoop out the egg from the pot by using a whisk or spoon. Rinse with water to remove the vinegar.

Step 6.

Un-shell all of the cooled edamame pods and chop them finely.

Step 7.

To assemble, add about 1/2 the portion of couscous into one glass cup. Then, add a layer of the chopped up edamame and spoon over the poached egg. Pour over some olive oil, squeeze some lemon juice, and sprinkle with sea salt.

So last week was perhaps my most terrifying and painful week of 2017. I fell down some stairs (thankfully nobody saw), cut up and bruised myself, was stung by 6 mosquitos on the chest and both shoulders, got kinda sick, got a bunch of pimples on my forehead from the stress, and  locked myself out of both my own home/mom’s home while she’s out of the country. I know-I know, life can be so much worse and I’m very grateful I have food to eat and working limbs. And I’m extremely grateful that this week has significantly improved than that last terrifying/painful week.

My team and I successfully finished busting out our detail drawings on Revit, packed and submitted our exterior envelope set drawings out to our contractor. AutoCAD’s film director contacted me again on Wednesday with a follow up on brainstorming for how we can collaborate! Fingers crossed. I am literally praying every day to God that our proposal be approved by next week (then I can formally announce!) And yes, YOU SHOULD PRAY TOO without even knowing what we’re requesting. I promise it would be exciting.