Chinese Tea Leaf Eggs

    Chinese Tea Leaf Eggs

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    11hr20min


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    About this recipe: These are hard-boiled eggs, best eaten chilled, enjoying the subtle flavour of anise and the deep brown hues of black tea and soy. The cracked patterns from the broken shells make these quite attractive! Eggs symbolise fertility and this dish is made for Chinese New Year.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 8 

    • 8 eggs
    • 8 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 750ml water
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 750ml water
    • 1 tablespoon soya sauce
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon black soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons black tea leaves
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 pods star anise
    • 2 tablespoons black tea leaves
    • 1 (5cm) piece cinnamon stick
    • 2 pods star anise
    • 1 tablespoon orange zest
    • 1 (5cm) piece cinnamon stick
    • 1 tablespoon tangerine zest

    Directions
    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Extra time:8hr  ›  Ready in:11hr20min 

    1. In a large pan, combine eggs and 1 teaspoon salt; cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and cool. When cool, tap eggs with the back of a spoon to crack shells (do not remove shells).
    2. In a large saucepan, combine eggs and 1 teaspoon salt; cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and cool. When cool, tap eggs with the back of a spoon to crack shells (do not remove shells).
    3. In a large pan, combine 750ml water, soy sauce, black soy sauce, salt, tea leaves, star anise, cinnamon stick and tangerine zest. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 3 hours. Remove from heat, add eggs, and let steep for at least 8 hours.
    4. In a large saucepan, combine 750ml water, soy sauce, black soy sauce, salt, tea leaves, star anise, cinnamon stick and tangerine zest. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 3 hours. Remove from heat, add eggs, and let steep for at least 8 hours.

    Chinese New Year

    Most of the dishes served during Chinese New Year are symbolic of something positive and hopeful. Chicken and fish, for example, symbolise happiness and prosperity - especially when served whole. Dishes made with oranges represent wealth and good fortune because they are China's most plentiful fruit. Noodles represent longevity: therefore, they should never be cut! Duck symbolises fidelity, while eggs signify fertility.

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