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Chinese Tea Leaf Eggs


Special Diet

Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian



Main Ingredient




  • 12 large eggs
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup San-J Organic Tamari Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Chinese black tea leaf
  • 3 star anise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  • Add the eggs in a soup pot and add the water. Bring the water to boil on high heat. Boil the eggs for 10 minutes, make sure that the eggs are completely cooked.
  • Transfer the hard-boiled eggs out of the hot boiling water and rinse them with cold water. Using the back of a teaspoon, gently tap the egg shell to crack the shell. Return the eggs to the water and add the remaining ingredients. Bring the tea mixture to a boil and immediately turn the heat to low. Simmer for 2 hours. Add more water if needed.
  • Remove the eggs from the mixture and serve warm.  
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