Preparing snacks for the cooler as we headed out for our mini vacation, it felt like the perfect time to try out the tea eggs. After trying the strong flavor of preserved duck eggs for the zongzi and the disaster of trying what we thought were century eggs, hubby and the girls were apprehensive about this latest egg snack. Especially hubby. He hoped upon hope that we would try these without him, and was crestfallen when he saw them packed up for the trip.
|Left: Salted duck eggs; Right: Century eggs (?)|
This was an easy recipe to make, one in which the girls really enjoyed doing. Pea fancied herself a witch preparing a potion, and they both got a huge kick when it was time to peel them and reveal the marbled eggs. You just need to set aside a few hours for the eggs to simmer in the concoction. The recipe works for six to eight eggs, but for fear of wasting them, we only made four - one for each of us.
Chinese tea eggs
recipe adapted from Appetite for China
2 bags of black tea
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp light brown sugar
2 pieces of star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp peppercorns
First, you want to hard boil your eggs. Place your eggs in a pot, cover with water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove the eggs from the water and run cold water over them so that they are cool enough to handle. Using the back of a spoon or a butter knife, tap the eggs to crack them all around, without peeling the shell.
In the pot, add the rest of the ingredients to the water, and stir until the sugar and soy sauce are dissolved. Gently place the eggs into the mixture, and add enough water to cover the eggs by an inch. Bring the water to a boil, then simmer on low for two hours. (Pea and I loved the way the kitchen smelled during the simmering.)
Drain the eggs, and when they are cool enough, peel them. They can be served immediately, or refrigerated for up to four days.
We pulled the eggs out to share with hubby's brother and family, who very kindly (and seemingly happily!) tasted the eggs with us.
The eggs tasted.... good! Slightly sweet. Slightly... cinnamon-y. Despite Elle's initial reaction, she said she thought it was good. And Hubby? Well, he ate two eggs.
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