soysauce eggs

September 28, 2018

total time: 1 hour       makes 6 eggsimg_7321

6 eggs
3/4 c soy sauce
2 star anise
2 T black tea (or 2 tea bags)
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp sugar
a dash of black pepper


  1. gently place the eggs in a medium pot and fill with water to cover the eggs by 1 inch.
  2. bring the pot to a boil and lower the heat and let simmer for 3 minutes.
  3. remove eggs (leaving the water in the pot) and let cool under running cool water.
  4. using the back of the teaspoon, gently tap the eggshell to crack the shell all over. the more you tap, the more intricate the design. (this is optional. you could just peel all the shell off, if desired.)
  5. to the same pot with the boiling water, return the eggs and add in the remaining ingredients.
  6. bring the mixture to a boil and immediately turn the heat to low.
  7. simmer for 40 minutes, cover with the lid and let the eggs steep for a few hours overnight. the longer you steep, the more flavorful (and deeply marbled, if shell is left intact) the eggs will be.

source (thanks for the recipe, josephine !)

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makes 4 servings       total time: 27 minutesDSCN4428

8 oz. chinese egg noodles
1 T cooking oil
1 carrot, julienned
1 c sliced shiitake mushrooms
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 c soy sauce
1/2 T brown sugar
1/2 T sesame oil
1 T ketchup
1 T chile paste
eggs (1 for each person eating)
2 c spinach, trimmed (or other green vegetable like green pepper, broccoli, etc.)


  1. cook the egg noodles according to package directions. drain. set aside.
  2. heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. add some oil to pan, and swirl to coat. crack egg into pan and cook as desired, then scoop out and sprinkle with salt and pepper. set aside and repeat with other eggs.
  3. add more oil to pan. add garlic and cook until light brown. then add carrots, green pepper, mushrooms, and green onions.
  4. combine soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, ketchup, and chile paste in a small bowl. scoop some of mixture and pour onto cooking vegetables to give it taste.
  5. add noodles to pan; toss to coat and pour the rest of the soy sauce mixture over noodles.
  6. serve noodles hot and place egg on bed of noodles.

source (my own photo above)

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