How cool do these look?! It might only be me but I think they look like art or something intricately handmade. The marbling/spider web effect is so awesome. I almost didn’t want to even eat them because they’re just so neat to stare at haha
These cool looking eggs are Chinese tea eggs. Chinese tea eggs are a traditional Chinese treat commonly sold by street vendors or at night markets. I personally have never had them like this before, I’ve only just had it after the egg has been steeped with the ro-zao.
The process of making these is fairly easy but requires a bit of time. You don’t have to physically do anything because it’s mostly letting the egg sit in the tea and five spice mixture, but you still have to baby it and watch over it to make sure it doesn’t boil over, etc. It takes a bit of time because you want it to develop flavor. The longer it sits in the tea mixture, the more it allows the spiced fluid to seep into the cracks and marinate the eggs inside their shells.
What do they taste like? They have a savory taste to them. It’s actually very hard to describe unless you’ve tasted one before (sorry — you’ll just have to make some ;)). It has both flavors of the tea and five spice. The tea is subtle, but it also depends on which tea (the type and strength) and the variety of spices used. Five-spice powder adds a savory, slightly salty tone to the white, and the tea should bring out the yolk’s flavor.
chinese tea eggs
- 6 eggs
- 2 tbsp black tea leaves
- 2 tsp Chinese five spice powder
- 1 tbsp salt
- In a large pot, cover your eggs with cold water and bring the water to a boil then let simmer for 12 minutes.
- Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon but keep the cooking water.
- With a spoon, tap the eggs all around until it's covered in cracks.
- In the same pot with the cooking water, add in the tea leaves, five spice powder and salt and return the eggs to the water.
- Cover the pot and bring to a gentle simmer and let steep for 1 hour.
- Remove the pot from the heat after 1 hour and let the eggs cool down with the liquid for 30 minutes.
- Remove the eggs from the liquid and put them in a bowl and run them under cold water just enough so you can handle them.
- Gently peel off the egg shells and stare in awe at your creation :)
- To serve, you can either slice the egg in half or in quarters or just take bites out of the whole egg. It's best served chilled, but if you can't wait that long, it's okay to eat it warm too.