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How To Eat Century Eggs?

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Ever wondered how people can consume an egg that has been left to rot for weeks and months even??? In short, ever wondered how to eat Century eggs?? Yes, Century eggs are eaten with delight in China! Personally, I can’t even bring myself to think about century eggs but supposedly many compare this Chinese delicacy to stinking cheese that might be pungent smelling but is extremely delicious!!
 
 
Century Eggs with a deep brown egg whites and beautiful patterns.

 
How to cook Century Eggs?
 

The Century Egg is also known as the hundred-year egg, thousand-year egg, thousand-year-old egg or millennium egg. It is made by preserving duck, chicken or quail eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, lime, and rice hulls for months.  This whole process termed “cooking” of century eggs was discovered almost 600 years ago. Once the preservation period has ended the egg is taken out and the shell removed. You will see a dark green, creamy yolk surrounded by a dark brown egg white, just like in the picture.
 
How to eat Century Egg?
 

Chilled Tofu, topped with Century Egg chunks and chopped spring onion.  



Now you can consume the Century Eggs raw but for those like me who cant even think about that there are other choices. In the Chinese Cuisine they are usually added to dishes and served as side dishes. Here is a simple Century egg recipe that is easy to put together. Sometimes chunks of these eggs are wrapped in ginger slices and served as appetizers. In another recipe the century eggs are mixed and chilled with tofu and served with some soy sauce or sesame oil. You can also add generous quantities of shredded ginger and chopped spring onions as topping. There is another dish called old-and-fresh eggs, where omelet made form fresh egg is topped with chopped century eggs. Great combination for egg lovers I guess!
 

 

You can also serve them with a rice congee that has slivers of pork and even salted duck eggs. This is a favorite in some dim sum restaurants.  In Hong Kong, they are also sold as street food after being coated in fish meal, then breaded and deep fried.  Interestingly, they are even served at weddings in a dish called lahng-poon or literally Cold dish that basically has sliced barbecued pork, pickled baby leeks, sliced abalone, pickled Julienned carrots, pickled julienned daikon radish, seasoned julienned jellyfish, sliced pork, brawn and the quartered century eggs.

 
Chinese Rice Congee with Pork Slivers and Century Eggs

 
Phew!! That is quiet a few ways of eating century eggs you have here!! There must be some thing about it if people have actually figured out these many ways to eat it. Maybe, I should try having a century egg….or not. Maybe, one of you who have already tried it can help me out here.
 
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