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Marbled Tea Eggs

Chinese marbled tea eggs (茶叶蛋) is typically sold as snacks by street food sellers and also at night markets. I once spent close to two years living in Malaysia and this is one of my favorite snack. The eggs are always still stewed in the tea broth and the seller will scoop out the amount you want and you got to peel the eggs yourself. Luckily these eggs are so easy to peel it is pretty much a cake walk compared to peeling regular hard boiled eggs.

Marbled Tea Eggs
Marbled Tea Eggs

These pretty looking eggs should be simple to reproduce at any kitchen. To make the tea broth, I use 2 teabags of black tea, cinnamon, star anise, soy sauce, and sugar. Simple right? If you want a more complex flavor, use Chinese five spice powder instead of cinnamon and star anise.

Marbled Tea Eggs

5.0 from 6 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson





Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours 5 mins

Serves: 8

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  • 8 eggs
  • 2 teabags black tea
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce


  1. Place eggs in a sauce pot, top with enough cold water to come to an inch above the eggs.
  2. Bring the pot of eggs and water to a boil over a medium high heat, uncovered. Once water boils, remove pot from heat, cover the pot, and let the eggs rest in the hot water for 10 minutes.
  3. Scoop the eggs out from the pot with a strainer/slotted spoon, don't throw away the hot water in the pot. Run the eggs over cold water until they are cool enough to touch with your hands. With the back of a spoon, gently tap the egg shells to create cracks.
  4. Return the eggs along with the rest of ingredients into the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer, cover the pot, and cook for 1 hour.
  5. Turn off heat, but let the eggs rest for at least another hour in the pot before serving.


  • Maria V. Salvadó Maria V. Salvadó says:

    Thanks for the great recipe. This and all from you, sister.

    • Anita Anita says:

      You are welcome, Maria. I hope you are having fun trying out my recipes. :)

  • Morgan Eisenberg Morgan Eisenberg says:

    Beautiful, and so unique! Never seen anything like these, can't wait to try them.

  • Eden | Sweet Tea and Thyme Eden | Sweet Tea and Thyme says:

    I made these tea eggs to keep as a snack, didn't last a day! They have such a nice flavor and are a great variation from regular boil eggs!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Yup, can confirm that they never last long in my house too. :)

  • Tynia Tynia says:

    Those eggs sound very tasty and are very pretty. They’d be perfect for a sophisticated tea party.

    • Anita Anita says:

      And if you are serving the eggs for a party, I'm sure they will be a great conversation starter too. :)

  • Kristen Kristen says:

    These eggs are gorgeous! I can't believe how easy they are to make. And tasty. too!

  • Kelly Anthony Kelly Anthony says:

    These marbled tea eggs are so pretty. The flavors from the spices and soy sauce have me so curious what these eggs taste like. I can't wait to try something new.

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