Chinese Tea Eggs Cha Dan Recipe #paleo #recipe #asian #snack

Tea Eggs (Cha Dan)

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 eggs 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Chinese



  1. Hard boil the eggs in water.
  2. After the eggs are hard boiled, cool the eggs and crack the shell so that the shell is still intact but very cracked.
  3. Add the tea bags, salt, cinnamon, Szechuan pepper, star anise, black pepper, and tamari sauce (optional) into a large pot.
  4. Add the cracked eggs into the pot.
  5. Add 6-8 cups of water to the pot (ensuring the eggs are covered).
  6. Simmer on a low heat with the lid on.
  7. Remove the tea bags after 30 minutes.
  8. Continue simmering with the lid on for 3.5 more hours.
  9. Cool the eggs and remove the shell.