Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

100 Year Old Eggs - An unsuccessful food tasting experience

100 year old eggs are also known as Century eggs, Millennium eggs and Thousand year eggs. This Chinese delicacy is made by preserving chicken, duck or quail eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt and lime for months.


 We bought 4 eggs, one for each of us, at a local Asian grocery. No one was too keen to try these out. But when I put them on the table, there was some excitement at the prospect - mixed of course with fear.

 

 Hubby scraped the preserving coating off, and the girls rinsed the eggs. That's when we noticed the eggs seemed kind of "sloshy" on the inside.


We had the foresight to crack the egg over a plate, and out "sloshed" the egg, along with its sulphuric smell. Yum...

The yolk is supposed to be creamy, and the white (though no longer white) is supposed to have a jelly texture. Here's what the eggs were supposed to look like:

Photo Credit: Stephen Thomas

The last egg we tried had a darker ash covering than the rest, but still seemed a little sloshy, and in a way it was closer to what it was supposed to be than the others - it was darker at least. It was in fact, a sight that sent Hubby running out of the room gagging.





And that lovely sulphuric smell? Much stronger...
I'm not sure I'll be able to convince anyone to try them again, should we come across some solid 100 year old eggs.

6 comments:

  1. Euw, yes, I can imagine that might put you off 100 year old eggs for a good long while!
    Interesting to read about, though! :-)
    Lucinda (visiting via April Culture Swap)

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  2. Thanks, it was an interesting experience :)

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  3. Oh my! I admire your adventurous spirit, but not sure I could have taken a bite! I had never heard of these before. Thanks for sharing at the Culture Swapper!

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    1. I'm still hoping I'll find some solid ones at one of the local Chinese markets and then see if the adventurous spirit still holds :)

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  4. My husband is Chinese. The eggs he eats look like the one in the "supposed to look like" picture. When he buys them they do not have any coating on the outside. They are duck eggs and the shell is a gray color. He says he never saw ones like yours before. I think you may have ended up with something different? Anyway my husband swears the eggs are delicious and he eats them with gusto (kind of as a condiment with food). I have never been brave enough to try.

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    1. Thank you for sharing that - maybe they were something different. I haven't seen them since at the store I got them the first time, so I haven't been able to ask, but I did find different prepackaged ones, which are labeled, so no mistake this time! They do have a coating on them, but completely different from the ones above. I'm waiting for the right opportunity to spring them on the family :) If you ever do try one, I'd love to hear your thoughts :)

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