Tea Leaf Eggs

Total Time
2hrs 5mins
5 mins
2 hrs

These delicately flavored eggs have an intricate marbled appearance.

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  1. In saucepan cover eggs with cold water to a depth of at least 1 inch above eggs.
  2. Rapidly bring to a boil; cover pan tightly; reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse quickly in cold water till eggs are cool enough to handle; drain.
  4. Tap eggs lightly all over till eggs are a network of fine cracks, but DO NOT PEEL.
  5. Return eggs, gently to the saucepan, add soy sauce, aniseed (or star anise), cinnamon, tea (in a tea ball), sugar, salt, and 2 cups of the cold water.
  6. Bring to a boil; then reduce heat, and simmer, covered, for 1 1/2 hours, adding water to keep eggs covered, if needed.
  7. Drain eggs, and chill.
  8. To serve, roll eggs between the palms of your hands to loosen shell; peel, starting from the large end of egg.