Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tea eggs

A pot of tea eggs brewing away at 7-11.  Wikipedia says this about tea eggs in Taiwan:
"In Taiwan, tea eggs are a fixture of convenience stores. Through 7-Eleven chains alone, an average of 40 million tea eggs are sold per year.
Also some people would say that the tea eggs' flavor is very addictive. It tends to linger in one's mouth because of the star anise used in the preparation. This spice has also commonly been used in teas from other countries, where they also report a similar addictive quality. Tea eggs can be made with or without cracks, but will still have the same flavor, but a different appearance. The most traditional way to prepare them is simply to make cracks in the shells after they are finished hard boiling, but before one soaks or boils them in the brine made out of tea, sugar, soy sauce, star anise, and cinnamon. All of these ingredients can be modified depending on a person's preference. Soaking the eggs for longer will result in more flavor."
We haven't tried them yet, but will soon!


  1. Wow, that's something I've never seen before. I love seeing the differences in Asian culture and food between Taiwan and Korea!

  2. oh my god TRY THESE! they're everywhere and they're wonderful :)

  3. lived in Taiwan for a few years - ate these for breakfast on my way to work. Loved them so much I make them all the time at home here in New Mexico - Google the recipe and enjoy - I peal the ones I don't eat right away and put them in the brine in the fridge - great snack