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The mysterious egg chick (Eetinmi bentoboximus) is of indeterminate origin.  Both large (about the size of a standard chicken egg) and small (about the size of a quail egg) specimens have been spotted in bento boxes and appetizer platters all over the world.  They appear to sport various facial expressions, but generally are sedate and slow moving.  

You may enjoy your own egg chick, or perhaps an entire family of egg chicks, by following the instructions below.

Begin with some hardboiled eggs (have some extras on hand in case you mutilate your chick – in which case you should eat your mistakes).  Carefully peel an egg, keeping the surface as smooth and free of pockmarks as possible.  The yolk (indicated by the dotted circle in the diagram to the right) generally is located in the fat end of the egg.

Using a sharp knife, slice off the tip of the narrow end of the egg to create a base for your chick.  Cut gently, as the yolk may try to pull a fast one on you and hang out towards the skinny end of the egg (in which case you should flip the egg over and slice off some of the fat end to make the base).

Now comes the tricky part.  Press the tip of your very sharp knife into the egg white to make a zig-zag cut as shown in the diagram.  Be careful not to cut into the yolk itself - you will be able to feel the yolk through the knife when you hit it.  Keep pressing in the tip of the knife to make the zig zag cut around the circumference of the egg.  Once you've finished the cut, carefully lift the top of the egg to reveal the yolk (if, for some reason, the egg yolk comes off too, just pop it back into the base).

You can make your egg chick's face from a variety of foods.  In the example above, the eyes are cut from nori and the beak is made from a carrot piece (that has been cut like a pyramid, with the base of the pyramid against the chick's face).  Whole peppercorns also work well as eyes.  Be careful when pressing hard objects into the yolk as it may crack.  To avoid this, you may want to carve a little hole for the peppercorn or carrot piece using the end of a toothpick. 

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