cháyè dàn (茶葉蛋)

cháyè dàn (茶葉蛋)
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A cheap snack food, found all over China. In spite of the name, tea is not the dominant flavour.



Step by Step method

  1. Place unshelled eggs in saucepan of cold water – water level should be at least 4 cm (1-1/2") higher than eggs.
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove the eggs.
  4. With a knife, tap each egg to slightly crack the shells in two or three places. Return to saucepan.
  5. Add other ingredients and stir.
  6. Cover and simmer for 2 hours, adding water as necessary.
  7. Drain, serve hot or cold.

Tips & variations

  • Cook longer for a stronger flavour and a deeper colour.