Eggs 茶葉蛋 (cháyè dàn) A cheap snack food, found all over China. In spite of the name, tea is not the dominant flavour.
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon black tea leaves or 1 tea bag
4 pieces star anise
1 small stick cinnamon or cassia bark
1 teaspoon cracked peppercorns (optional)
2 strips dried mandarin peel (optional)
Place unshelled eggs in saucepan of cold water – water
level should be at least 4 cm (1-1/2") higher than eggs.
Bring to a boil, then simmer for 2 minutes.
Remove the eggs.
With a knife, tap each egg to slightly crack the shells
in two or three places. Return to saucepan.
Add other ingredients
and stir. Cover and simmer for 2 hours, adding water as necessary.
Drain, serve hot or cold.
Cook longer for a stronger flavour and a deeper
colour. Tea eggs are also known as Chinese marbled eggs for
the unique marbling effect on the surface of the egg. Sauce
can be frozen and reused.
Read more about tea:
A Tea Primer
An introduction to Chinese tea.
Some Tea History
Discovered 4,000 ago, tea in all its forms and flavours
continues to refresh body and spirit.
Soybean: a Native of China
Native to northern China, soybeans (
Glycine max) were cultivated as early as B.C. 3,000. Soybeans later reached other parts of Asia, probably introduced by Buddhist missionaries. The bean's high nutritional value, after processing, and versatility have made it extremely important in Buddhist vegetarian cooking.
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