Thousand-Year-Old Eggs 幾千年老蛋


  • 2 cup very strong black tea 
  • 1/3 cup salt 
  • 1 cup lime* 
  • 2 cup of pine wood charcoal (powdered) and ashes from fireplace
  • 12 fresh duck eggs 

*Available in garden stores and nurseries.


These are often called thousand-year eggs, even though the preserving process lasts only 100 days. They may be purchased individually in Oriental markets. 

  1. Combine tea, salt, ashes and lime. 
  2. Using about 1/2 cup per egg, thickly coat each egg completely with this clay-like mixture. 
  3. Line a large crock with garden soil and carefully lay coated eggs on top. 
  4. Cover with more soil and place crock in a cool dark place. 
  5. Allow to cure for 100 days. 
  6. To remove coating, scrape eggs and rinse under running water to clean thoroughly. 
  7. Crack lightly and remove shells. 
The white of the egg will appear dark amber, transparent  and have a gelatinous texture. The yolk, when sliced, will be a greyish-green color.