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August 29, 2009

Receipe Tea Eggs 茶葉蛋 -- Yummy!

When I was growing up in Taiwan, I loved eating tea eggs. It is a snack that can be purchased at the night markets. My grandfather would buy it for me as a special treat about once a week. I remember way back then, it was $5 NT for each egg, which basically works out to be about 15 cents. If you visit Taiwan now, each will cost about 50 cents. Not bad, right? Anyhow, I love these eggs, but it is nearly impossible to find them in the States. On the rarely occasions when I do find them, they are about $1.50 each. Yikes! During our last visit to Taiwan, I discovered that DD loves them as much as I do. I have been wanting to make them for sometime now. Today, in the hot summer heat and broken AC, I thought, "why the heck not?!" I am already hot and miserable, why not make it a few degrees hotter in the house by boiling eggs for an hour (I know, I am totally nuts).


Recipe:

1 bag of spice (from the Chinese supermarket)
1/2 cup of soy sauce
2 bags of Lipton tea (any black tea bags will do)
2 star anise
2 teaspoons of salt
2 tablespoons of rock cane sugar
1 dozen eggs

Tips:

* You can use any sort of black tea bags you want, but the better the quality of tea bags you have, the better your tea eggs will taste.

* You can pick up the rock cane sugar from any Asian supermarket. If there isn't one near you, you can also pick it up from Teavana. Just know that you will have to pay a lot more money if you buy it from Teavana.

* The bag of spice can be substitue with 1 small stick cinnamon or cassia bark & 2 strips dried mandarin peel

Steps:
* Boil eggs for about 12 minutes (the same way you would make hard boil eggs).
* Crack the shells (without removing the shells at all).
* Return your eggs back to the pot, submerge your eggs in water and add the rest of the ingredients to your pot. Bring to boil, and then cook for an hour on low.
* After your hour is up, storage your pot in the fridge overnight (do not toss out the liquid).
* Next day, cook again on low for 30 minutes.

This is what the final product looks like.
I removed the shells on a couple of eggs to take a photo, and as soon as I was getting my camera to take the picture, DD's fingers were going for the eggs.
DD approved! She called them "chocolate eggs." LOL!

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