Select Page

CHINA: Tea Leaf Egg



Ready In:

1 hour

Good For:



About this Recipe

By: Lingjie Tang (via Literacy Pittsburgh)

This typical savory Chinese snack features an egg boiled in tea for a delicious snack! This egg is often called marble egg because of the cracked dark marks that appear across the egg after boiling. 

Lingjie is a student at Robert Morris University and is working with Literacy Pittsburgh to improve her English. This recipe was submitted via their cooking program!

egypt on the map
  • 10 large eggs
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Chinese black tea bag
  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt

Tea eggs are commonly sold in street food vendors or night markets in many Chinese communities across the world.  

almonds placed on basbousa
coffee and basbousa


Step 1
Boil eggs for 10 minutes. Discard hot water. Drop eggs in cold water and leave for 5 minutes. Gently crack eggs to form random patterns (do not peel off shell).
Step 2

Return eggs to pot. Add water, tea bag, soy sauce, sugar and salt. 

Step 3
When water turns dark, cook eggs over low heat for 30 minutes. 
    Step 4
    Peel shells off eggs and enjoy.