Tea Egg

Tea Egg

I’m not sure why this is called ‘tea egg’, I’d love to call it ‘tea flavored egg’.

This is one of the traditional snack in China. It reminds me of my college life everytime I see it. It was very popular being the before-bedtime-snack back then, I think there was more than 20 tea egg booth around the campus at that time.

Ingredients:

eggs, black tea, seasoning.

Method:

1.Lay eggs in pot, covered with cold water, add some salt into water, bring to boil on medium high heat. Then turn heat off, let eggs sit in pot to keep cooking.

salty water can prevent cracked eggs to spill out when cooking.

2.Meantime, add cold water into another pot, and add seasoning to it, bring to boil on high heat.

For seasoning, I used black tea, cinnamon stick, star anise, zanthoxylum, soybean sauce, salt and sugar. You can add more seasoning as your taste, such as orange peel, bay leaves, etc.

I put the dry seasoning into a tea bag, so they won’t get loose in pot. And I don’t like the strong taste of them, so I took the bag out of pot 10 minutes after I turn off the heat.

3.Crack egg shells with back of a spoon without taking them out. Or you can take them out of water, do it the way you like.

4.Transfer all the cracked eggs into the seasoning pot. Bring to boil again on high heat, then turn heat off. Let eggs sit in pot until it cool off.

Some people like to stick holes on eggs so the flavor can get to the inside of eggs.

5. Take eggs out of pot, peel. Then eggs are ready to serve.

You can serve them hot or cold. They taste good either way.

Picture below shows a darker color egg and a lighter color egg. The lighter color egg was taken out right after turning off the heat, the darker color egg was taken out after soaking in pot for several hours. Of course the darker color egg has a stronger flavor.

Stir Fried Eggs with Sausage

This has been one of favorites for years, probably for 25 years now. I learned from a co-worker when I was still in China. I tried different kind of sausage, and I think I love them all.

Ingredients:

eggs ( I actually used 4 instead of 3 eggs since they are small), green onion, sausage, seasoning.

Methods:

1. Slice sausage into slices.

2. chop green onion into pieces.

3. Crack eggs, add whatever seasoning you like, then add green onion, beat well.

For seasoning, I used a little bit cooking wine, ginger powder and salt.

4. Heat up skillet on medium heat, add a little bit oil, cook sausage until it gets darker.

5. Pour sausage into egg mixture.

6. Adjust heat to high, add more cooking oil, wait until the temperature get high, pour egg mixture into skillet, stir a little bit at beginning. When egg mixture get firm at bottom, flip over.

7. It’s done when both sides are firm.

You can use any kind of sausage to cook this dish, I like the smoked sausage best.

 

Stuffed Tortilla with Chinese Chive

Uncooked tortilla is my forever favorite now. The more I cook with it, the more I love it. It is so easy and convenient. And more important to me, it does not have the smell as the cooked tortilla!

Ingredients:

uncooked tortilla, Chinese chive, eggs, spam, seasoning to your taste.

Method:

1.Chop spam and Chinese Chive into little pieces. Then add egg into the mixture, mix well to make a thick mixture.

2. Heat up the skillet on medium heat, add a little bit oil into skillet.

3. Heat one tortilla until you see little bubble coming up, flip it.

     

4. Scoop some egg mixture on top of the tortilla, make it flat, then hold one side to cover over the other side, make it shape as a omelet.

     

5. Flip the tortilla until the bottom side is golden brown. It’s done when both sides are golden brown.

You can use fork or whatever to punch some holes when you cook it, it will cook sooner.

You can replace any ingredients with something else. I tried shrimp instead of spam, it tastes good, too.

Tortilla is more crispy when first came out of pan. If you heat it up with toaster oven or re-heat it with frying pan, it won’t be too tender.

Baked Egg in Ham Cup

 

Baked Egg in Ham Cup

I fell in love with the look when I saw it online. I know it’s going to taste good so I tried it. And it was good.

Baked Egg in Ham CupIngredients:

thin sliced ham, egg, green onion leaves, seasoning.

Methods:

Baked Egg in Ham Cup1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.

2. Take 2-3 slices of ham, overlap on each other, then set in muffin cup or individual baking dish.

3. Crack eggs, pour one egg in each cup.

Baked Egg in Ham Cup4. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top, then chop some green onion leaves on top.

5. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until eggs are set to your taste.

With 20-minute-baking, egg yolk should not be running.

 

Baked Egg in Ham Cup

 

Stir Fried Eggs with Shrimp

 

stirfryeggs002

Stir fried eggs is my most favorite among all the stir fry dishes. I can pretty much stir fry everything with eggs.

Stir Fried Eggs with ShrimpIngredients:

4 eggs, shrimps, garlic leaves, seasoning.

Methods:

Stir Fried Eggs with Shrimp1. Chop garlic leaves into small pieces.

2. Clean shrimp, drain, pat dry with paper towel.

3. Crack eggs, beat well, pour garlic leaves into it, mix with seasoning, such as salt and white pepper powder.

Stir Fried Eggs with Shrimp4. Heat up skillet, add cooking oil, saute shrimp until color change on medium high heat.

5. Pour shrimp into egg mixture, mix well.

6. Heat up skillet on high heat, add more than normal cooking oil.

Stir Fried Eggs with ShrimpStir Fried Eggs with Shrimp7. Pour egg mixture into skillet, flip until egg get firm on bottom.

8. Keep cooking until new bottom get firm. Flip more if needed until eggs are fully cooked.

9. Transfer to plate and serve.

 

Stir Fried Eggs with Shrimp

 

 

Potato Salad with Ranch and Bacon

 

Potato Salad with Ranch and Bacon

I’m not a regular potato salad fun, I like the one with ranch much better.

Potato Salad with Ranch and BaconPotato Salad with Ranch and BaconIngredients:

4 medium size potatoes, 4 eggs, 4 strips of bacon

ranch, mayo

Potato Salad with Ranch and BaconPotato Salad with Ranch and BaconMethods:

1. Boil potato and egg, then peel and chop into small cubes.

2. Pan fry bacon, remove from heat before it gets crispy. Use kitchen towel to pat dry, then break into pieces.

Potato Salad with Ranch and Bacon3. Mix same amount ranch and mayo.

4. Mix potato, egg and bacon, then pour mayo mixture over it, mix well.

5. Keep it refrigerated before serving.

 

Potato Salad with Ranch and Bacon

 

 

 

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg

 

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg

 

I love stuffed buns since the filling bring much more flavor to the buns. This is one of my favorites among all the buns.

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and EggStuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and EggIngredients:

Filling: Chines chive, eggs, dried shrimp, cell0phane noodle, seasoning

Wrap: flour, 2 tsp dry yeast, 2 tsp sugar

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and EggStuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and EggMethod:

1. Mix yeast and sugar, soak in warm water. Then set aside until it’s covered by bubbles.

You can stir some to speed up the dissolving process.

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg2. Soak cellophane noodles in water until they get tender. Then soak in hot water until they get clear. Drain good.

3. Slowly pour yeast mixture into flour, stir quickly meantime, so flour stick together, turn into little pieces. Stop until you only see little loose flour.

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and EggAdd more warm water if you need to. The dough needs to be really tender.

4. Form the flour pieces into a smooth ball, this is your yeast dough, set aside.

5. Stir Fry eggs, when eggs start getting firm, stir quickly so they turn into chunks instead of
a whole piece. Transfer to cutting board, wait until it’s cool, then chop into small pieces.

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg          Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg6. Clean and chop the Chinese chive into really short string. Transfer to container, then coat with cooking oil.

7. Chop dried shrimp and cellophane noodles into small pieces, mix everything together, add seasoning to your taste.

For seasoning, I normally just use salt and little bit sugar, nothing else since Chinese chive has a strong flavor itself.

8. Separate dough into little even pieces, then roll into little round wrap, fill in fillings, seal good, then flip upside down.

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg          Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg         Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg9. Heat up the frying pan, add cooking oil, adjust heat to medium low.

10. Fry the buns to golden brown, then flip, keep frying until both side turn golden brown.

11. Serve when hot.

I like to mix vinegar, soybean sauce and sesame oil together as dipping sauce, serve with stuffed buns.

 

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg

 

Sweet Corn Soup with Egg Drop

I had something similar to this back years ago in China, and fell in love with it right away.

soup00301Ingredients:

2 eggs, 1 can creamy corn, 2 tbsp corn starch, sugar to taste

Method:

This recipe is to make about 1.5 quart soup.

soup003021. Bring water to boil, pour in corn, bring to boiling again.

2. Mix corn starch with some cold water, slowly pour into pot and stir quickly same time, bring to boiling again.

3. Beat eggs well, slowly pour into pot, bring to boiling again.

4. Add sugar to your taste.

5. Serve when hot.

Make Filling with Chinese Chive and Egg

 

Make Filling with Chinese Chive and Egg

 

This is one of my favorite fillings for stuffed buns. I think most Chinese love the Chinese chive.

Make Filling with Chinese Chive and EggIngredients:

Chinese chive, eggs, dried shrimp, cellophane noodles, seasoning

Method:

cellophane noodles1. Soak cellophane noodles in water until they get tender. Then soak in hot water until they get clear. Drain good.

2. Stir Fry eggs, when eggs start getting firm, stir quickly so they turn into chunks instead of a whole piece. Transfer to cutting board, wait until it’s cool, then chop into small pieces.

Make Filling with Chinese Chive and Egg          Make Filling with Chinese Chive and Egg

3. Clean and chop the Chinese chive into really short string. Transfer to container, then coat with cooking oil.

4. Chop dried shrimp and cellophane noodles into small pieces, mix everything together, add seasoning to your taste.

For seasoning, I normally just use salt and little bit sugar, nothing else since Chinese chive has a strong flavor itself.

 

Notes: Cellophane noodles can be replaced with shrimp or vegetables or anything you like.

Eggs can be replaced with ground meat.

 

Stir Fried Eggs with Pepper

 

Stir Fried Eggs with Pepper

 

This is one of my favorite dishes ever since I was in middle school, especially summer time, when it’s time to harvest banana peppers. I love the hot but not too hot type peppers.

Ingredients:Stir Fried Eggs with Pepper

Peppers, eggs, seasoning to taste

Method:

1. Chop peppers into pieces, get rid of seeds.

2. Mix egg with little cooking wine and salt, maybe some white pepper, too, beat well.Stir Fried Eggs with Pepper

3. Heat up skillet, add cooking oil, cook peppers on medium high heat for several minutes.

4. Pour egg mixture into skillet before peppers get too tender, stir some, to make the egg mixture shape like a pancake.

5. Flip when the bottom get firm.

Stir Fried Eggs with Pepper          Stir Fried Eggs with Pepper          Stir Fried Eggs with Pepper

6. When it’s golden brown on both side, transfer to a plate and serve.

 

Stir Fried Eggs with Pepper