Chinese vendor tea eggs

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
3 \N Water
6 \N Eggs
2 tablespoons Black tea leaves; (4 tea bag
2 teaspoons 5-fragrance spice powder
1 tablespoon Coarse salt

Recipe by: The Tea Book by Sara Perry and Judith Ann Rose 1. In a pot, cover the eggs with cold water and bring to a boil.

Simmer for 12 minutes. Remove from heat and reserve the water.

2. Place the eggs in cold water until they can be easily handled.

With the back of a spoon, lightly tap each shell all over until it

is covered with a cobweb of cracks.

3. In the same pot, bring the reserved water (which should be 3 to 4

cups) to a boil. Add the tea leaves, 5-fragrance spice, salt and

eggs. Simmer covered for an hour. Remove the pot from the heat and

continue to let the eggs soak covered for 30 minutes. Remove the

eggs from the water and halve them lengthwise or quarter them.

Their flavor is best enjoyed within 24 hours.

Makes 6 to 10 eggs.


In the Orient, tea eggs are often sold by street vendors as a tasty snack. Their unusual appearance makes them a clever addition to any picnic. Dusted with a combination of toasted sesame seeds and coarse

salt, they make an excellent hors d'oeuvre.

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