This spicy tea eggs recipe is made from star anise and black Chinese tea. It’s so simple to make and the beautiful marbling effect is pretty awesome. But you know what? I would prefer to have the whole egg infused with the spice tea rather than have the marbling effect. The egg can be served as whole or cut in halves or quarters. It’s perfect as a side dish and also snack. Unlike the traditional Chinese herbal tea eggs, the liquid for this spicy tea eggs need to be discarded because it’s undrinkable! LOL And oh yes, this is my first recipe after coming back from the long Chinese New Year lazy break!
Hard boil the eggs for about 12 minutes. Soak the eggs in cold water to let it cool a little.
Leave the eggs to cool in the liquid for several hours. Basically the longer you let it infuse, the stronger is the flavour.
Spicy Tea Eggs
Adapted from The Chinese Kitchen by Deh-Ta Hsiung
For 5 persons
Note: Allow 1 to 2 eggs per person as snack or side dish.
1 teaspoon salt
2 tabelspoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
5 whole star anise
4 tablespoons good quality black Chinese tea leaves (I use pu-erh tea)
1. Hard boil the eggs for 12 minutes. Then soak the eggs in cold water to cool a little.
2. Use a spoon and gently tap on the eggs surface.
3. Place the eggs in a saucepan. Add salt, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, star anise and tea leaves. Add water to cover the eggs.
4. Bring to the boil and then simmer gently covered for 50 minutes.
5. Leave the eggs to cool in the liquid for several hours. The longer the infusion the stronger the flavour.
6. To serve, remove the eggs from the liquid and carefully peel off the shell to reveal the beautiful marble pattern. Discard the liquid as you cannot drink it unlike the liquid for traditional herbal Chinese eggs.