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Tea Eggs (Chinese Marbled Eggs)



These visually striking eggs are produced by hard-boiling an egg, cracking the shell, and then steeping the egg in a flavored tea or broth.  The batik-like marbling effect is more prominent when teas with high levels of tannin are used; the duration of the second boiling will influence both the color of the marbling and the degree to which the tea or broth flavor penetrates the egg.

http://ostermayer.tumblr.com/post/190848933/tea-egg-ingredients-6-eggs-3-tablespoons-soy (and photo credit), via Sharp as Teeth and Stars.

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I once had a bright orange coloured egg for a snack at a friend's house. His Mum is Chinese so she was pretty stoked when I was wide eyed at how she made these beautiful and tasty eggs.
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the eggs are not cracked intentionally. just boiled boiled and boiled in the tea (plus herbs) for a LONG LONG time.. like a day! den slowly the egg keeps hitting the sides till it cracks
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