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From a culinary tutorial comic clipped from NOW magazine many years ago. I strongly advise putting the loose tea leaves into a cheesecloth bag to prevent a messy cleanup. These novel eggs can also be halved and devilled for a variation.
- Hard cook 8 eggs in 1 qt water for 10-15 minutes and cool in the same water for 10 more minutes.
- Tap eggs until the whole shell is cracked. Return to pan and add the salt, soy sauce, star anise and tea leaves.
- Heat eggs on low and simmer for 30 minutes. Stand for 4 hours until cooled and ready to use. Peel eggs carefully. The white part should be marbled with dark cracked lines with a smokey taste.
- Serve quartered with toasted sesame seeds scattered over.