Tea Eggs/ Cha Ye Dan

I feel abit lazy these days. Lazy would only means two things when it comes to dealing with mealtime in my house. Either eating out, or one pot meal. LOL. I’m lazy, I would either cook curry, ABC soup or tomyam and just serve it with rice.

The ravenous sharks in my house has been eating and snacking like nobody’s business ever since Chinese new year started. I’m getting rather wary about it. They keep stuffing their mouth with junks that will never make them feel full, and therefore, I decided to feed them something much more tasty, filling and satisfying (not necessarily healthy or cholesterol free, though).

I got myself a fresh tray of grade AA eggs from my regular egg seller and a pack of Tea Eggs Herbs. The AA eggs from my regular eggs seller is pretty cheap and reasonable. It cost me only Rm 9.00 per tray. Elsewhere, it would have cost me a bomb.

And so, after boiling the eggs, I crack them gently and re- boil it together with the tea herbs a couple of hours. I boil it on very slow fire for 6 hours. (Damn, now the house is so hot!)

The outcome is this: A marble-like eggs. LOL.

Here’s how you can make your own tea eggs. It makes a very good snack on rainy weather. (It’s not rainy now, but who cares)


6-15 eggs

4 cups water

6 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

3 tablespoons pu-er tea

1 cinnamon stick

1 star anise

3 cloves

1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

1 teaspoon sugar

(Alternatively, just get yourself a pre-pack of the tea egg ‘herbs’, and just add in soya sauce, sugar and salt into the boiling water)

First of all, boil all of the eggs, and when it’s done, take it out, and crack all the eggs slightly before putting it back into the pot along with the herb packet.

Boil on slow fire for 4-6 hours, take out, and serve hot. You can serve them with rice, but I usually have them on their own. It’s very yummy and make an excellent comfort food/snack. 😀


    • Cleffairy says:

      Oh, this one I’m ok… the tea eggs I like, the herbs not so strong… plus the eggs are abit salty and sweet. My boys oso like, so once in a while will cook this lor…

      Terbalik… kucing dun makan tea eggs pulak. Hahahaha!

  1. Alice Law says:

    Hi Elizabeth! Just swing by from Chee Yee’s FB link.

    Me and my my always love heral tea eggs, thx for sharing the recipe. I think I’d try to use a slow cooker to prevent my house get over heated, hv a nice day!;D

    • Cleffairy says:

      Hi Alice. :DThank you for dropping by. Yes, do use a slow cooker, then the whole house wun be so hot and smelly. 😛 I dun hv slow cooker at home, have to slowly boil using the gas… aiyohhh, so terrible, the eggs caused the house very smelly and hot. LOL!

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