Chinese tea eggs have been a common street food in Asia for many years with every country and region having a slightly different take on this beautifully marbled snack. Like tea, the flavours and methods vary. If you’re like me and prefer simple and salty tastes, the only flavouring and colouring ingredients you might use are tea and soy sauce. However, if you enjoy something with a bit more character, a variety of spices can be added.
The recipe I’m going to share is designed by me and based on my tea egg preferences. If you need something a little more exciting, consider adding some cinnamon, cloves, Szechuan peppercorns, fennel seeds, nutmeg, or even different kinds of tea.
Connor’s Tea Egg Recipe
What you need:
- 3 parts water
- 1 part soy sauce
- a pot
- pre-boiled eggs
- enough black tea to cover the bottom of the pot in a thin layer
- With a spoon, gently crack the outside of the each egg’s shell so it is still on the egg. When you’re done, it should look like a crazed ceramic glaze. This is what causes the beautiful marbled pattern that tea eggs are known for. The more cracks are in the shell, the more marbling will be on the finished egg.
- Put the eggs and all of your other ingredients into the pot and bring to a simmer. There should be enough liquid in the pot to cover the eggs with a couple of inches to spare.
- Simmer for 30 minutes with a closed lid to keep all the heat and flavour as close to the eggs as possible.
- Remove eggs and peel them once they’re cool enough. The peeled tea eggs should be beautifully marbled and scented like the ingredients that were with them in the pot.
- Eat them hot, or put them in the fridge to be enjoyed later! I like to eat a tea egg with my usual breakfast of fruit, oatmeal, cold tea, and Greek yogurt, or as a quick and filling afternoon snack.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and experiment to find your own perfect ingredient combination and serving method. Share your recipes and ideas in the comments below!
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Originally posted in October 2015 by Connor Adlam