I woke up early this morning. I feel so good.  I usually sleep till noon on a weekend.  Just to be able to feel the sunlight in the morning is wonderful.  I want to write down the new appetitizer that I just learned from my coworker the other day.  We had a Chinese pot luck lucheon a few days ago.  Someone made Chinese Tea Eggs.  I heard about this dish a long time ago.  I know this is one of the popular snack or street food in China but I never got a chance to try it.  I told my coworkers that I have never tried this dish before. Guess what?  Every one was giving me a hard time saying that I”m not Chinese.  Some of my friends teased me in other ocassions that I”m imitation Chinky.  I don”t care!  Well, there are so many traditional Chinese dishes that I have not tried.  So for now, I have more things to look forward in my life.  See… I am thinking positive!  Could be the power of the morning sunlight

 

Chinese Tea Eggs
Chinese Tea Eggs

 

Pretty Chinese Tea Eggs
Pretty Chinese Tea Egg
Try Chinese Tea Egg for a Healthy Snack
Try Chinese Tea Egg for a Healthy Snack

Ingredients:

  • Uncooked Eggs, 1 dozen
  • Soy Sauce, 1 cup
  • Salt, 2 tsp
  • Sugar, 1 tsp
  • Star Anise, 5 pieces
  • Chinese Black Tea leaves- 2 Tbsp or 2 tea bags.  Actually any black tea would do.  If you don”t have Chinese tea, use English Breakfast or Orange Pekoe tea.  Does not need anything fancy. 

Steps:

  1. Use a saucepan, put the uncooked eggs in one layer in the pot.  Add cold water to the pot to cover the eggs, like 2 inches high.
  2. Use medium heat.  Bring the water to a boil.  Let it boil for 1 minute. Turn off the heat.  Remove the pot from the heat.  Put a lid on the pot, cover it and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the eggs from the pot.  Run them under cold running water, or iced water.  Keep the pot of the water for later use.
  4. Gently crack the shell of each egg all over on a plate.  Do not remove the shell. Put the eggs aside.
  5. Add the Chinese tea, soy sauce, salt, sugar and star anise to the water in the pot.  Use medium heat.  Bring it to a boil.
  6. Add the eggs back to the pot.  Make sure the water covers the eggs.  Add more water if needed to cover the eggs. 

Use medium low heat, let the eggs simmers for 3 minutes or until the water boils again. Turn off the heat.  Cover with a lid. Let the eggs marinate in the sauce for 5 or 6 hours. If you can let them sit over night, that would be even better.

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