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chinese tea eggs

Chinese Tea Eggs

Chinese Tea Eggs. Salty, savoury hard boiled eggs soaked in a soy and tea based liquid flavoured with Chinese Five Spice. A delicious side to any meal.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course dinner, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 eggs
Calories per serving 85 kcal


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups water for boiling



  • First you want to soak your eggs in a small pot of room temperature water for 5 minutes. This prevents the egg shells from cracking when you boil them.
  • Then bring the pot to a boil and boil for 5 minutes. Rinse and cool your eggs under cold water so they're cool to touch.
  • Using the back of a spoon, lightly (and I mean lightly) crack the shells so they create a "web" pattern. If you crack it too hard the shell will break loose and all your soy sauce will seep inside. You will get that beautiful cracked pattern on your eggs.
  • Once you've cracked them, place them back into the pot.
  • To the pot, add all your marinade ingredients and lightly stir.
  • Bring this pot to a boil, then simmer over medium heat for 40 minutes covered.
  • Allow your eggs to cool. If you're in a hurry or you're impatient like me, spoon your eggs from the broth and rinse it under cold water to peel.
  • Peel carefully and enjoy!
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Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 1580mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 243IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg
Course dinner, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Chinese
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