Thursday, April 14, 2011

Marbled Tea Eggs, A Chinese Tradition & Symbol of Prosperity

Easter is right around the corner which means it is time to start thinking about dying eggs for the Easter egg hunt. Have you ever thought about using tea to dye your eggs? The Chinese have been using tea to dye eggs for years. They are called Marbled Eggs and are a symbol of prosperity. Below is a recipe for Marbled Eggs. They are a delicious addition to any brunch, especially your Easter Egg Brunch. Ingredients : Serves 6

  • 6 eggs

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon black tea leaves or 1 tea bag (Use green tea for a lighter color dye)

  • 4 pieces star anise

  • 1 small stick cinnamon or cassia bark

  • 1 teaspoon cracked peppercorns

  • (optional) 2 strips dried mandarin peel (optional)


  1. Place unshelled eggs in saucepan of cold water – water level should be at least 4 cm (1-1/2") higher than eggs. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 2-3 minutes. Reserve the water to use for step #3.

  2. Remove the eggs. Place in a bowl with ice and cover with cold water to cool the eggs down. With a knife or the back of a spoon, tap each egg to slightly crack the shells in two or three places. Return to saucepan.

  3. Add other ingredients and stir. Cover and simmer for 2 hours, adding water as necessary. Drain, serve hot or cold. Notes Cook longer for a stronger flavour and a deeper colour. Tea eggs are also known as Chinese marbled eggs for the unique marbling effect on the surface of the egg.
Using tea to dye your eggs is not only natural, it is also inexpensive. I bet you probably have tea in your pantry that you haven't drank in years...Just use that and then it will be FREE!!!Stay tuned to see how to Dye Easter Eggs naturally and cost effectively...

1 comment:

Norris Merlin said...

green tea contains 80% of catechins which has been shown to be extremely effective at eliminating radicals it also helps aid weight loss and helps with digestion. i like this brand the best Green Tea they have different varieties. you do have to remeber that the cheaper your tea is the less effective it is bc of added "natural flavors" and preservatives