Cha Ye Dan 茶葉蛋 (Tea Eggs)

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black tea leaves or 1 tea bag
  • 4 pieces star anise
  • 1 small stick cinnamon or cassia bark
  • 1 teaspoon cracked peppercorns (optional)
  • 2 strips dried mandarin peel (optional)
Method
  1. Place unshelled eggs in saucepan of cold water – water level should be at least 4 cm (1-1/2") higher than eggs. 
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove the eggs. With a knife, tap each egg to slightly crack the shells in two or three places. Return to saucepan.
  4. Add other ingredients and stir. 
  5. Cover and simmer for 2 hours, adding water as necessary. 
  6. Drain, serve hot or cold.
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