Tea Eggs + Sorry!

Thanks to Vivian’s post about eggs, I started lusting after some tea eggs, a la my mother. I e-mailed her to ask what she did, and she called me back (from China!) about it. Here are her instructions – loosely translated, of course:


  • Eggs
  • Dark soy sauce (mushroom flavored is good)
  • Tea (loose or bagged) – black is the usual, but mother says anything goes. I would guess one bag for every 3 or so eggs.
  • Sugar
  • Star anise (??) – optional, but good for “more taste”


  • Cover the eggs with cold water and bring to a boil over low heat
  • Boil for about 15 minutes (sounds like a long time to me but whatever)
  • Drain the water and rinse the eggs in cold water until you can handle them
  • Gently crack the eggshells, either by hand or with a spoon
  • Add soy sauce, tea, star anise (if desired), and a tiny bit of sugar to enough water to cover the eggs
  • Add the eggs and bring to a boil over low heat once again and let simmer for a couple of hours
  • Let cool and continue to soak in the sauce in the fridge, at least overnight and up to a few days
  • Enjoy them either warm or cold!

Even though Adrian claims to hate hardboiled eggs, I will be giving this a try after our weekend jaunt. I’ll try to remember to take pictures and write about it later on. Hopefully they’ll come out looking like this:

Tea Eggs
Tea Eggs (via Glass Petal Smoke)

By the way, I know at least my coworkers noticed that I made my first post during work time. It’s true – I took a break from programming and made an entry. My bad! I’ll try to refrain from doing that from now on, although it’s hard not to write a short bit about something at the moment I am thinking about it. Maybe I can just file things away for publishing later or something like that.

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