Tea Eggs

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Tea Egg Recipe

Chinese tea eggs

Flavoured with tea and spices, this cheap, filling snack food is found all over China. In spite of the name, tea is not the dominant flavour.

Serves 6

Ingredients
6 eggs
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)

Method

  1. 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.
  2. Remove the eggs. With a knife, tap each egg to slightly crack the shells in two or three places. Return to saucepan.
  3. Add other ingredients and stir. Cover and simmer for 2 hours, adding water as necessary. Drain, serve hot or cold.

Notes
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.


CHINESE NAME OF THIS DISH
茶葉蛋
cháyè dàn


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