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Chinese tea eggs: These are so easy and simple to make!



Boiled eggs cracked and steeped in a hot mixture of black tea leaves, soy sauce, and cinnamon stick.
Boiled eggs cracked and steeped in a hot mixture of black tea leaves, soy sauce, and cinnamon stick.

Can you believe those eggs had white shells before i cooked them? lol
My boyfriend's parents made me some Tea eggs before just because they heard I liked them and my college roommate's dad would make these and send her home with them and I'd gobble them up! So I'm glad I finally tried making these and I can't believe they're so easy to make! There are a ton of different recipes out there and this is my first time making them. I had a mix of Thai tea leaves blend that i got from Teavana, basically black tea leaves so i used that. Any strong black tea can be used, like earl grey :D

Tea Eggs (cha ye dan): A cheap snack food, found all over China. In spite of the name, tea is not the dominant flavour.

6 eggs
5 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoon black tea leaves or 2 tea bag
3 piece star anise
1 small stick cinnamon or cassia bark
1 teaspoon cracked peppercorns (optional)

Method

1. Place unshelled eggs in saucepan with enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 2 minutes.
2. Remove the eggs. With a knife, tap each egg to slightly crack the shells in two or three places. (or roll them in a towel!) Return to saucepan.
3. Add other ingredients and stir. Cover and simmer for 3 hours, adding water as necessary. Drain, serve hot or cold.

I ate mine hot and whatever eggs I had leftover I put in a container with some of the remaining liquid and put it in the fridge. You can crack the eggs more for more of the marinade to penetrate. Eat this with rice or serve it as a side with your asian themed meal :D

the eggs are pretty to look at afterwards ;)
i had a fun time taking pictures of these as you can tell :D

Purplepassions1 Purplepassions1 6 years 14 weeks
They look good
man-man93590 man-man93590 6 years 47 weeks
I love Chinese tea eggs, I just don't know how to make them! I actually wanted some a few days ago lol! Thanks for the post :)
Michaelrcks Michaelrcks 7 years 3 weeks
Lovely!
c0rkie c0rkie 7 years 3 weeks
yummy!!!!!!!
libs1dlab libs1dlab 7 years 3 weeks
I have done something like this before except that after cracking the eggs, I soaked them in red food coloring. When I peeled them, I cut them in half and topped them with a slice of green or black olive to make "bloodshot eyeballs" for my kids around Halloween time. I can't wait to try this version out.
icedminttea icedminttea 7 years 3 weeks
I can't wait to show my mom!.
SweetMagicFairy SweetMagicFairy 7 years 14 weeks
yeah very nice i have seen and tried somthing similar to it years ago u only crack the eggs and boil them in tea to give them the cracky look lol .. but this sound tasty i'll try it too
haze1nut haze1nut 7 years 15 weeks
lol, yeah it does taste great! i need to learn my boyfriend's mom's tea egg recipe, i don't know what she does but they're addictive. these are great though, i add more soy sauce bc i prefer it that way :)
xlovelife xlovelife 7 years 15 weeks
that actually tastes great :}
nelly-007-brett nelly-007-brett 7 years 15 weeks
wow that taste great
liladdieshudiva liladdieshudiva 7 years 15 weeks
It probably tastes great!
hotchickrules hotchickrules 7 years 15 weeks
love it, they tastes pretty good!
chopsticker chopsticker 7 years 15 weeks
those look really yummy; i might have to give it a try tomorrow for breakfast
cfeccentric cfeccentric 7 years 16 weeks
Those are beautiful! It would make me sad to eat them.
licia licia 7 years 16 weeks
Oh! Those are gorgeous! I wanna try this just to take pictures afterwards.. hehe. I'm pretty curious to see how they taste too!
demoralize demoralize 7 years 16 weeks
Is this ever neat! I've never even heard of such a food. I have to try it!!
haze1nut haze1nut 7 years 16 weeks
lol no wonder, thanks cupcake! i'm going to have to check out stumble upon :P
cupcake_cheryl cupcake_cheryl 7 years 16 weeks
Just joined Team Sugar because I stumbled on this thread. The reason it is getting so many views is because of the search enginge called Stumble Upon. You check topics that you are interested in and it creates a new toolbar with a stumble when you open up internet explorer and you click on the button and it takes you to random sites. You rate if you like it or not and the ones that people like are shown more... It's really cool because you discover all sorts of sites and pictures and bizzarre things that you would never have on your own. It's addictive though. This thread made it on there, not sure why or how....
DulceSkye DulceSkye 7 years 17 weeks
I agree, these almost look too pretty to eat! I will definitely try this recipe!
haze1nut haze1nut 7 years 17 weeks
okay, that's just weird. i was looking at the view count and it was at 22k and i come back a couple hours later and it's at 66k? wha? lol i guess people like tea eggs :O
ehm ehm 7 years 17 weeks
Beautiful picture! I can't wait to try it without anise. I love boiled eggs. :P
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 7 years 18 weeks
These are really pretty. I have never heard of anything like it. :)
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 7 years 18 weeks
Wow :jawdrop: That is a lot of clicks.
haze1nut haze1nut 7 years 18 weeks
lol, how is this post getting so many clicks?? it's blowing my mind!
Hera119 Hera119 7 years 18 weeks
well as a Chinese I can eat tea eggs everyday!lol But sometimes..I still prefer pale eggs...---------------------------------------------------------ADD ME AS UR FRIENDS!