Tea Egg 茶葉蛋

A great breakfast OR afternoon snack. They sell this at every single 7-eleven in Taiwan! You know what they say... 2 eggs a day, 100 on tests all the way!!

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr +

a dozen eggs
1/4 cup of dark soy sauce
1 large tea bag (black or green)
2~3 star anise

  1. Put the eggs in a pot and fill it up with water.
  2. Pour the soy sauce, tea bag, and star anise into the pot and bring to a boil (put cover on the pot so that eggs will peel easier).
  3. Boil for 15 mins or until eggs are mostly cooked.
  4. Take each egg and crack the shells with a metal spoon. This will create the pretty lines on the eggs and help flavor them.
  5. After all the eggs are cracked, put them back into the pot and continue to simmer for 1 hour.
You can keep the pot of tea eggs for weeks! Just reheat it daily or twice a day. You can even add new eggs in anytime. The more you cook them, the better they taste!!

Star Anise
Star anise is a type of Asian spice. It also comes in powder form. You can pick them up in any oriental supermarket.