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Chinese Tea Eggs (Tea Leaf Eggs)
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Chinese Tea Eggs (Tea Leaf Eggs)

Chinese tea leaf eggs are eggs steeped in a tea-infused liquid. Tea leaf eggs are marbled in appearance and flavorful. Easy Chinese tea leaf eggs recipe. 

Chinese Tea Leaf Eggs

This past weekend, my neighborhood Albertson was having an egg sale for only 99 cents a carton. When I saw the ad, I immediately thought of Chinese tea eggs. My uncle recently gave me a block of aged Chinese pu-erh tea () and it’s perfect for tea leaf eggs (茶叶蛋).

Chinese Tea Leaf Eggs

I am a huge fan of eggs, especially hard-boiled eggs in curry, soy sauce, or in this case, Chinese tea. What’s not to love about eggs that are steeped for hours in Chinese tea, with marbled pattern on the egg white, plus to-die-for aroma from the tea? I simply love Chinese tea leaf eggs.

Chinese Tea Leaf Eggs

If appearance is not important to you, you can prepare these tea eggs in a jiffy without boiling the eggs twice. Some people simply leave the eggs (with the shell on) in the Chinese tea mixture and skip the process of cracking the egg shells. So, it’s totally up to you. For me, I love pretty looking tea leaf eggs and don’t mind spending longer time in the kitchen preparing them.

This is an easy Chinese tea eggs or tea leaf eggs recipe. Try them and make a big batch for your family and I am sure they will enjoy them very much!

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  1. Passionate Eater

    Hello Bee, no problem! I was very busy last year (and also did not have time to respond to comments, or comment), and you always made time to say hello. Thank you Bee, I appreciate you so much. I hope that you are able to get some rest and relaxation during your busy time. And I love your version of the tea eggs. Just as Steamy Kitchen inspired you, you inspired me!

  2. Happy Belly

    Hi, I enjoy reading your blog esp all the Malaysian food which I am familiar with. I am just wondering do you happen to know how to make Roti John? Not sure if it’s a Malaysian or Singapore dish…But I have been missing it since I move to US…Thanks : )

  3. luckytastebuds

    I absolutely adore your site and am a frequent visitor! Thank you for posting so many DELICIOUS looking recipes online so even Asian-food lovers living in Chicago (like me) can enjoy authentic flavors. :) I even introduced my Malaysian friend to your site. She loves it too!

  4. Marc @ NoRecipes

    I love the idea of these and they do look fantastic! Does the tea flavor really come through, or is it more for the color?

  5. Rasa Malaysia

    All – thanks for all your comments. I apologize that I don’t have much time to respond anymore, but really appreciate the comments.

    Happy Belly – sorry, not sure how to make roti John.

    Teckiee – Happy Ox Year!

    Marc – yes, the tea infuses the eggs with the flavor. It’s awesome.

  6. Lori Lynn

    I am a fan of eggs too. This is one way I have never had them. I must try.

    I believe eggs are one of the most photogenic foods, and your example is no exception. Beautiful!
    Lori Lynn

  7. Indonesia-Eats

    Though, I am not a huge fan of egg, but I am interested with your egg patterns :D

    My father loved telur asin, quail egg and other eggs.

  8. backStreetGluttons

    I have never tried this brownish cracked egg in boiling pot all over in supermarkets coz of the smell but who knows maybe next year ,
    happy new year !

  9. teohsueng

    Gonna try this one of these days! I can already imagine the apartment smelling of herb and tea whole day long!!! :)

  10. luckytastebuds

    I love your blog and I love the pictures that you take! I love the recipes!! And I must say I love the tea egg.s :)

  11. Kitt

    Lovely eggs! I used to be addicted to them in China. The tea-egg lady would make a special visit to my door to make sure I didn’t miss them. But I don’t make them enough here. Thanks for the reminder!

  12. I always love tea eggs, but have not had it for years. Got to try to make it these days. Yours looks pretty and yummy. I was wondering, why do you need to rinse them with cold water after boiling them?

  13. Cluelessbaker

    :D Wish i had saw yr post earlier.. i follow another recipe that i found on the internet.. similar to yours but it need 3/4 cup of soy sauce.. they turn out so salty ~!!!! Am going to make another batch now ..

  14. maddy

    i used to eat these as a young child (less than 2 years old) i recently found this recipe and made 12 of these eggs in a large crockpot(i left them for the day) when they were done i then ate all of them in one go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! absolutly delish!!!!!!!!!!! =)

  15. serque

    I just tried your recipe out. I never knew eggs could taste this good. It just bought a beautiful aroma to the house. It must be the cinnamon. I expected it to taste a little bitter because of the pu-erh tea leaves, but to my amazement it actually had a sweet taste. It must have been from the sugar and the spices. Definitely a great recipe.


  16. Jung Me

    Tea eggs are the best! My chinese friend made them for me, and i always make him cook them! now i can actually make it lol

  17. WL

    Hi there,
    Would love to try this. However, I can’t get hold of the Chinese five-spice powder here. -__- Would there be any other alternatives that you may suggest?



        I have found several recipes for Chinese five-spice powder on the internet. I was stumped too, when I first saw Chinese five-spice powder in a recipe. I finally found it in a supermarket this week.

        Anyway this is one of the recipes I found and kept.

        Make your own Chinese Five spice powder seasoning mix using either ground or whole spices.

        Prep Time: 15 minutes

        Total Time: 15 minutes


        •1 tsp. ground Szechwan pepper
        •1 tsp. ground star anise
        •1-1/4 tsp. ground fennel seeds
        •1/2 tsp. ground cloves
        •1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
        •1/2 tsp. salt
        •1/4 tsp. ground white pepper


        Combine all ingredients in small airtight container. Store in a cool, dry place.

  18. You have a wonderful site. Beautifully taken pictures and easy to follow recipes… I’m able to relive memories of home, right here from Chicago. :)

    Thank you.

  19. Kim

    Hi, this is maybe a dumb question, but do you add 3 tbsp of liquid tea or 3 tbsp of tea leaves to the water? Thanks!

  20. jacey

    Hi I have many packets of tea leaves. Are there expired dates for tea leaves? What to do with them? Please help. A waste to discard.

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