Tea egg, also known as Chinese marbled egg, is one of the most famous traditional food in China.
Tea eggs are made via cracking boiled eggs and steeped them in a hot mixture of cinnamon stick, black tea leaves and soy sauce. Due to the unique marbling effect on the surfaces of the eggs, they got the name of Chinese marbled eggs.
The time of eggs in hot mixture has a strong influence on the flavor. In ancient times, people believed that “the time for burning four sticks of incense” (means four hours today), was the perfect time to make the most delicious tea eggs.
It is also a custom to be given two eggs when we visit our friends or relatives during the Spring Festival, meaning wishing a prosperous new year.