Does anybody know the etymology of this word. The question goes to whether two eggs is a standard serving only in America or. as some claim, that in Europe it is one egg. Is the origin of Spiegelei due to the fact that it is like a mirror where the two yolks are the eyes you are looking into. Still under investigation. R. Feinman (email@example.com)
- The motivation seems to be that a fried egg "sunny side up" has a clear and shiny surface, unlike a scrambled egg. Maybe the yolk was seen as the face.
- As to your other question there's no standard way of serving fried eggs. You wouldn't get more than one egg in a normal continental breakfast, though the standard is a boiled egg rather than a fried one. But you'd get two if it's a more hearty breakfast, such as "Bauernfrühstück", farmer's breakfast, which is fried eggs and fried potatoes. One fried egg, a cutlet, and fried potatoes is also a common restaurant dish.