I had them when I first visited Hong Kong on my birthday with my (now) Chinese wife during my first visit to mainland China - for my birthday we went to visit Hong Kong with a friend and I tasted tea eggs (and tofu - fa ?) there for the first time near the big Buddha on Lantau Island.
I've made them a few times though I use dark soy sauce and I add lime leaves. I make up to 30 eggs in one go and I let them simmer for up to 8 hours (If I'm home). Or I'll leave them in the juice over night and bring it to a boil again in the morning and let it simmer until I go to work.
great stuff :-)
How fun to make! Tastes good, too. I think I will do as kolibri does, and make them and let them sit overnight in the tea and spices. I like a bolder taste! Thnx for sharing your recipe, LUVmyBELLY. Made for Comfort Cafe Snow Queen Chalet Jan 2010.
I only cooked 5 eggs with the recipe and they were great. I cooked them for 45min instead of an hour but enough flavor cooked in with the shorter time. I also threw in an extra tea bag because I like a heavier tea flavor. All in all it's a great recipe and so simple! Totally reminds me of my childhood when I use to munch on these as a snack.
I used 4 eggs without changing the amounts of spices. I only let it simmer for an hour and it was delicious! I think the saltiness of the eggs would go terrific with plain rice to make a filling meal. I also crushed the egg shell pretty thoroughly to make sure the flavors would seep in. Thanks for a great recipe. :)
I love these eggs! I used to make these all the time. Thank you for posting this, now I can keep it in my cookbook!
I had forgotten this recipe - I used to love to eat these as a kid! These are so simple to make - providing you manage the hardest part which is breaking the shell, too little doesn't give you the marbling and too much gives you brown eggs - and so delicious. What I do is prepare them in the evening, let it simmer for an hour, and then leave them in the juice overnight. In the morning - yummy, yummy, yummy! Thanks for reminding me of this, I'll be sure not to forget it this time!