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Marbled Tea Eggs

What’s this?? This must have been the first thought that crossed your mind right?? That was exactly my reaction when I saw such a picture in one of the cookbooks presented to me by my Dad almost 20 years back. Needless to say, I was so intrigued by the look of it that I read through the recipe. I was even more excited to realise that it wasn’t really such an uphill task after all. All it required was some water, eggs, salt, tea leaves and star anise. Sounds easy right! Back then, when I made it, my family members were quite happy to see such a unique item. Well, who would have thought that eggs could be made to look like this, without actually painting it. :-).

I got the recipe from Bhanu Ravindran’s book ‘My Favourite Recipes Chinese’. So lets get on with the recipe.

Marbled Tea Eggs

Source: My Favourite Recipes Chinese

Marbled Tea Eggs

What's this?? This must have been the first thought that crossed your mind right?? That was exactly my reaction when I saw such a picture in one of the cookbooks presented to me by my Dad almost 20 years back. Needless to say, I was so intrigued by the look of it that I read through the recipe. I wa

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Eggs
  • as required Water
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Tea leaves
  • 2 Star anise

Instructions
 

  • Boil the eggs in water for 10 minutes.Let it cool.
  • Drain the water and wipe dry the eggs with a cloth.
  • Tap the eggs lightly with the back of a spoon to make even designs on the shell.Do NOT peel the shells off.
  • Take enough water in a pan to cover the eggs.Put the tea leaves, salt and star anise into the water.Bring it to a boil.
  • Carefully, place the eggs into the boiling water.Reduce the heat to low.Let it simmer for 1/2 an hour.Switch off the heat.
  • Leave the eggs in the same liquid for an hour.Let it cool.
  • Take the eggs off the water and peel off the shell.Your Marbled Tea Eggs are ready to be presented.
  • The eggs taste just like the normally boiled eggs:-).
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