Tea Eggs and Jane Eyre
Favorite Snacks: From Taiwan to Georgia
What is my mom’s preferred snacks? patterned tea eggs, Georgia boiled peanuts (a fragment messy, but good quality, have to hold book in lap) and beef jerky! Tea eggs bring front memories of Taiwan where she grow up. “It was my after-school nibble.” All the students would head down the road to the corner convenience store. There you’d find a simmer crock pot of tea eggs (with crazed shell still intact) stewed in a brown savory “tea soup” and stink the distinguishing five-spice*-soy sauce-ginger smell wafting through the whole store. Tea eggs are so popular; you’ll find them in home and shops everywhere in China and Taiwan from capital cities to the smallest country villages. (Believe it or not, 7-Eleven chain supplies have been revived into very successful, multi-purpose provisions across the entire island of Taiwan. )
Five-spice is a blend of mix of cloves, fennel, star anise, cinnamon and Szechuan peppercorns. Some variations may have carroty, nutmeg and licorice. Interestingly, Chinese cook and consumer’s associate cinnamon with savory foods, like braised meat or tea eggs, cooked with five-spice. In the West, we pretty much exclusively associate and use cinnamon in sweet and baked goods, not acceptable entrees.
Tastes as first-class as They Are Beautiful
Delectable hot or cold, the savory and fragrant seasonings turn plain boiled eggs into flavorful and wonderfully distinctive “marbled tea eggs” after peeling the outer shell. We make them during the night and pack them as essential car and travel foodstuff for work and vacation. They’ve come in really handy when I have an early and long day at a food demonstrate with few breaks. A different interweave on deviled eggs, they surprise and convert boil egg naysayers into a tea egg lovers!
Not to be outdone by Dad’s new iPods acquisition, Margaret enjoy a new Kindle, loaded with her favorite classic like Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and left With the Wind. She first read the novels in high prepare in Taiwan, translate into Chinese. “I was addicted to interpretation Western novels. Sometimes, I read under the covers with a flashlight and ate tea eggs so I wouldn’t get in trouble after blackout.”