Apparently some people used to do something similar to eggs as children, making patterns etc. I however did not have such creative forces influencing my childhood so this is new to me.
The eggs do take on quite a lot of the flavour as well as the stunning patterns. The rest of the dish is standard Chinese fare of noodles and prawns, still very tasty though.
The pickle goes well, although too much and you’re straying into pickled eggs territory which is a different game altogether
I may or may not make this again, visually stunning , pleasant on the taste buds and fairly healthy, so actually, why not?
I saw this in this in this months Olive, very eye catching and I instantly wanted to have a crack, ahem
Cucumber ¼ peeled, seeded and diced
½ Birds eye chilli finely sliced
Rice Vinegar 2 tbsp
Egg Noodles 200g
Rapeseed oil 2 tbsp
Garlic 2 cloves sliced
Spring onions 4 shredded
150g Cooked Prawns
Fish sauce 1 tbsp
Bean sprouts 1 handful per person
Light soy sauce 2 tbsp
Shaoxing rice wine 2btsp
Star anise 1
Golden Caster sugar 1 tbsp
Cinnamon stick 1
Ginger 2 thick slices
Chinese black tea 3 tbsp
To make the tea eggs put all the ingredients, except for the eggs in a pan with 750 ml water and bring to the boil. Turn down and simmer for 20 mins.
Bring another pan of water to the boil add the eggs and simmer for 4 mins. Drain and run under cold water until cool enough to handle.
Carefully tap until the shell cracks, then gently crack roll the shell to get a crazy paving effect. Be very gentle as the egg is still runny inside, the first one I did smashed and caused much fuming. So I used a knife and tapped the shell gently all over to get the effect rather than rolling it
Place the eggs into the tea mixture and cook for an hour, then leave to cool in the mixture until ready to shell
Put the cucumber, chilli, rice vinegar and sugar in a bowl
If the noodles are uncooked, cook to packet instructions and drain
Heat the oil in a wok add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds then add the spring onions and stir fry for two mins.
Add the prawns, bean sprouts toss together, add the fish sauce
Add the noodles and toss together
Divide into bowls and place 2 shelled eggs onto each plate
Serve the pickled cucumber on the side