The Daring Cooks' November 2011 Challenge was cooking with tea. Amazing challenge, very unique! I was so happy to make my first challenge : Chinese Tea Eggs. When my tea eggs were cooked, I coudn't wait to peel them and see how beautiful they were. I never have realized chinese recipes. It was really fun to make this recipe. Thank you to Sarah from Simply Cooked for this chinese challenge.

Ingredients :

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 Tbs (30ml) black tea leaves, or 4 tea bags
  • 2 tsp (10ml) Chinese five spice powder
  • 1 Tbs (5ml) coarse grain salt toasted sesame seeds, to garnish

Directions :

  1. In a large enough pot to avoid overcrowding, cover the eggs with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer for twelve minutes
  2. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and keep the cooking water.
  3. With a spoon, tap the eggs all over until they are covered with small cracks. This can also be done by tapping and rolling the eggs very gently on the counter.
  4. Return the eggs to the pan and add the tea leaves or bags, Chinese five spice powder, and salt. Cover the pan.
  5. Heat gently and simmer covered, for one hour.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and let the eggs cool down in the liquid for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the eggs from the liquid. Peel one egg to check how dark it is; the others can be returned to the liquid if you wish to have the web-like pattern darker. Allow the eggs to cool fully.
  8. To serve, peel and slice the eggs in halves or quarters. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.