Chinese Tea Leaf Eggs
Make delicious Chinese Tea Leaf Eggs by following our detailed step-by-step guide. This traditional Chinese dish features eggs simmered in aromatic tea and spices, giving them a unique flavor. Learn how to easily prepare this flavorful and nutritious breakfast or snack.
- 6-8 fresh chicken eggs,
- 3 tablespoons black tea (such as Pu'er or Darjeeling tea leaves),
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce,
- 2 tablespoons dark soy caramel sauce (available in Asian grocery stores),
- 1 cinnamon stick,
- 2 star anise,
- 2 cardamom pods,
- 1 teaspoon salt
How to Make Chinese Tea Leaf Eggs
Step 1: Prepare the aromatic tea
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Add the following ingredients to the boiling water: 3 tablespoons of black tea (such as Pu'er or Darjeeling tea leaves), 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of dark soy caramel sauce (available in Asian grocery stores), 1 cinnamon stick, 2 star anise, 2 cardamom pods, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir to combine.
- Continue boiling the tea mixture over medium heat for 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors of the spices and tea to infuse. Then remove the pot from the heat and let the tea mixture cool.
Step 2: Prepare the eggs
- In another pot, bring water to a boil and carefully place fresh chicken eggs (usually 6-8 eggs) into the boiling water. Boil the eggs for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes of boiling, transfer the eggs to a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking process and cool them down. Gently tap the eggs to create cracks on the shells, but do not peel them.
Step 3: Marinate the eggs
- Place the cooled and cracked eggs in a large container or tightly sealed plastic bag.
- Gradually pour the cooled tea mixture into the container with the eggs until they are fully submerged. Make sure the eggs are completely cooled before adding the tea mixture to prevent them from cracking.
- Seal the container or bag and refrigerate it for about 4-8 hours (or overnight) to allow the eggs to absorb the flavors of the tea and spices.
Step 4: Serving and enjoying
- After marinating the eggs, remove them from the refrigerator. Gently pour hot water over each egg and peel off the shells. They should peel off easily, but be careful not to damage the eggs.
- The finished tea leaf eggs can be served whole or sliced in half. They make a great appetizer or can be served alongside rice or salads.
- Enjoy your delicious Chinese Tea Leaf Eggs!
Note: The longer you marinate the eggs, the stronger the flavor of the tea and spices will be. If you prefer a more intense taste, you can leave the eggs in the tea mixture for a longer period of time.
The nutritional values of Chinese Tea Leaf Eggs can vary depending on the specific recipe and ingredients used. However, as a general guideline, per serving (one egg), you can expect the following approximate nutritional values:
- - Calories: around 70-90 kcal
- - Protein: around 6g
- - Fat: around 4-6g
- - Carbohydrates: around 1-2g
- - Vitamin A: around 6-8% of the recommended daily intake
- - Iron: around 4-6% of the recommended daily intake
Please note that these values are approximate and can slightly vary depending on the specific recipe and cooking method. It is recommended to check the specific products and ingredients used in your recipe for more accurate nutritional information.