Taiwanese Tea Eggs

Taiwanese Tea Eggs

Tea Eggs can be found in almost every convenience store in Taiwan. They are hard-boiled eggs that are marinated in aromatic seasoned tea. The evenly cracked shell creates a shining broken glass effect. Enjoy this convenient protein delicacy.
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Taiwanese
Servings 6


  • 12 eggs washed
  • 4 bags black tea
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 2-4 tbsp (brown) sugar

Tea Eggs Culinary Spice Kit

  • Fennel, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, black peppercorn, Sichuan peppercorn (not recommended during pregnancy)


Step 1

  • Boil the eggs for 10 minutes. Rinse them under cold water. Let them cool. Crack the eggshells slightly by tapping them gently with the back of a spoon. Set them aside.

Step 2

  • In a POT, boil 3 cups of water. Turn heat off. Steep the tea bags into the water for 5┬áminutes. Take the tea bags out.
  • Add soy sauce, sugar, and Tea Egg spices. Mix well. Add the eggs.
  • Bring to a boil. Cook over low heat for 10┬áminutes. Turn the eggs halfway.

Step 3

  • Let cool. Transfer the eggs and liquid to a container with lid. Keep the container overnight in the fridge. Turn the eggs once in a while.
  • Optionally, reheat eggs in the liquid, not in the microwave.
  • Serve the eggs cold or warm.
  • Enjoy!