The ideal breakfast, a soft boiled egg is one of those things that everyone thinks they know how to cook, until they try it. And then they are not sure of the timings to get the perfect soft boiled egg.
The main thing to keep in mind, is to not try to boil a cold egg! Leave it at room temperature for a hour or two first.
When you are ready to cook soft boiled eggs, pop a pan of cold water onto the stove. About an inch and a half of water will be sufficient. Then turn the heat up high and heat until the water is boiling.
Carefully lower the eggs into the pan, using a slotted spoon. Turn down the heat and start your timer.