TEA-FLAVORED EGGS / 茶 葉 蛋 (10 eggs)
What you will need:
  • 10 chicken eggs
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • ½ cup dark soy sauce
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp rock sugar
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
Spice bag:
  • Double layer cheese cloth and kitchen twine or strings to tie
  • 1 star anise
  • 3 cloves
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • ¼ cup loose black tea leaves (if you don't have loose tea leaves, you may use 2 black tea bags and no need to tie these in the spice bag if you are not using loose tea leaves)
Instructions:
  1. Cut the cheese cloth big enough to wrap all the spice bag ingredients. Put the black tea, star anise, cloves, and fennel seeds on the cheese cloth. Wrap them up and secure with kitchen twine or strings. Set aside
  2. Put all the eggs in a medium to large pot and pour in water to cover the eggs (make sure it covers the eggs) and bring the water to a boil. Boil the eggs for about 10 minutes. While the eggs are boiling, bring another medium to large size pot of water, probably about 5 cups or more, to a boil, then put in the spice bag, cinnamon stick, soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, Chinese five-spice powder, and rock sugar, lower the heat and let it simmer for about 30 minutes and you will have a dark-color liquid. Let the liquid cool down and dispose of the spice bag and cinnamon stick
  3. Once you've cooked the eggs for 10 minutes, turn off the heat, drain the water off and run the eggs through cold water until they are completely cool. Use the back of a metal spoon and gently tap the shell of each egg all around so you have all these cracks all over the eggs (but don't peel the shell off, leave them as this is what creating the marbles). Set aside
  4. At this point, you can either put all the eggs into the pot with the dark liquid or transfer everything into a big bowl or container with a lid or cover with plastic wrap. Just make sure the liquid covers the eggs, you may need to add a bit more water if it doesn't. Put them in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours to let the tea-spice liquid flavor the eggs
  5. When ready to eat, just take one out, very gently peel the shell off and enjoy as is or with soy sauce
Recipe by What To Cook Today at http://whattocooktoday.com/tea-flavored-eggs.html