cháyè dàn (茶葉蛋)


A cheap snack food, found all over China. In spite of the name, tea is not the dominant flavour.

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Recipe 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.
Recipe Tips: 
Cook longer for a stronger flavour and a deeper colour.
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cháyè dàn (茶葉蛋)
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Recipe Ingredients 1: 
6 eggs.
3 tablespoons soy sauce.
1 teaspoon salt.
1 tablespoon black tea leaves or 1 tea bag.
4 pieces star anise.
1 small stick cinnamon or cassia bark.
1 teaspoon peppercorns, cracked. (optional)
2 strips dried mandarin peel (optional)
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Also Known as (AKA): 
marbled eggs