Century eggs

Century egg is also known as preserved egg, hundred-year egg and thousand-year-old egg. It is a Chinese cuisine ingredient made by preserving duck, chicken or quail eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, lime, and rice straw for several weeks to several months, depending on the method of processing.

After the process is completed, the yolk becomes a dark green, cream-like substance with a strong odor of sulphur and ammonia, while the white becomes a dark brown, transparent jelly with little flavor or taste.


Century eggs can be eaten without further preparation, on their own as a side dish.


The transforming agent in the century egg is its alkaline material, which gradually raises the pH of the egg from around 9 to 12 or more.


dark green yolk with transparent dark brown white


A recipe for creating century eggs through this process starts with the infusion of tea in boiling water.

To the tea, quicklime, sea-salt, wood ash from burning oak is mixed together into a smooth paste.

Each egg is then individually covered by hand, with gloves .

Each egg is then rolled in a mass of rice chaff to keep the eggs from adhering to one another.

They are placed in cloth-covered jars or tightly woven baskets. In about three months, the mud slowly dries and hardens into a crust.

The eggs are ready for consumption.

I love to eat century eggs but my children dislike them. How about you?


Comments

  1. EEEYYEEEEERRRRRRRR!
    LOOKS LIKE COCKROACH COLOUR!

    kenwooi.com

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  2. i just cook this with porridge during the weekend..with salted eggs n minced pork..

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  3. i definitely love them ! Yummy!

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  4. they definitely go well with porridge.

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  5. I like to eat century eggs with preserved gingers and porridge.

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  6. i like it too (alkali good for body)

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  7. This is one of the worst smelling and tasting eggs I have ever eaten. :p

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  8. One or two pieces will do, more than that, yikes...

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  9. My husband loves it but not me..haha.

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  10. love it...

    but high cholesterol! hahah

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  11. This is the first I have heard of this. Very interesting. I always try to learn something new each day and this was it for today.

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  12. This is very interesting, Wenn. But I think I'll not taste them: too old!! ;-)

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  13. i love love love love love love century eggs very much!!!
    yummy!!

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  14. Never had one. A bit scared looking at it. LOL

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  15. i am not sure if this is true,when i was younger, they told me it was soaked in horse urine? hahhahaha

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  16. I love century egg with porridge, very nice!

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  17. Do you know which company produces century eggs which are not runny inside? I sometimes buy these eggs and find the yolk too runny.

    But a friend says that certain brands have hard yolks and are written as such...

    So I am confused. We used to get from a grocer loose ones which were really good. But these days century eggs are made in west Malaysia.

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  18. Like your children, i don't take century egg. I think its appearance turn me off

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  19. Oh I love century eggs!

    I always thought century eggs is made through soaking into horse's pee :P.

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  20. I like it too especially when eating porridge. Last time century eggs used to have very strong smell but recent years those smell diminished.

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  21. Not really into centure eggs but it taste good in porridge.

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  22. Most ppl like to eat it with porridge but I very seldom eat this!

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  23. regard
    sorry boss know nie udah sassy
    play to this blog
    I again just want to learn more on blogging so please help her so do not forget to come back ya know good luck greeting for you

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  24. I love century eggs. When added to rice porridge, it makes it tastes better, just like the Hong Kong dimsum taste.

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  25. regard
    sorry boss know nie udah sassy
    play to this blog
    I again just want to learn more on blogging so please help her so do not forget to come back ya know good luck greeting for you

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  26. I like the jelly part...not the yolk part :)

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  27. I fine the woman folks love them more than men! Me for one!

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  28. I never like the taste of century eggs, I prefer salted eggs.

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  30. I love eating century eggs. Especially with porridge.

    But like any other food, one must not overconsume.

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  31. Hmmmm.... I think I'll take a pass on this one.

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  32. I eat it only when it is cooked with congee

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  33. With pickled ginger....heavenly! ^_^
    +Anton+

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  34. ya..definitely with pickled ginger for me..

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  35. i love pei dan too! but high cholestrol hor, but we don't have it everyday what kan? hehe..

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  36. wasn't there a scare some time back that high levels of lead have been detected?

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  37. i like them but haven't tried for a long time cos they are fattening :)

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  38. oh, i just love century eggs, with the pickled ginger slices.. yummy yummy!!

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  39. I dun like them. My girl has tasted b4, I think she likes them. But I dun allow her to take too much. Haven't let my boy try tho.

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  40. Not for me thank you. I shall leave them for you to enjoy.

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  41. I love century eggs too but not a big fan! Haha! But is this method of preserving the eggs healthy? Do you know?

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  42. wow...what a process! Thanks for sharing.

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  43. I like century egg so much. I just had it few days ago.

    Have you tried to eat it with preserved ginger? Nice!

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  44. If it is true that century eggs are alkaline then they are better than they are acidic and consuming them (moderately) should be ok and as long there are no contamination to the eggs during the process of making them. How true is egg consuming cause cholesterol to our body? Cholesterol is produced by the liver tself whether or not we eat eggs, I was told but consuming eggs can actually help us to obtain good cholesterol over bad that is produced from our liver, sort of offset the bad when we consume eggs. Of course, everything is about moderation. But always maintain a glance diet and eat more alkaline and alkaline-forming food(lemon, lime and oranges).

    Drinking too much in children cause cancer when they reach adulthood, this is something we much watch for the kids when they drink too much of 'cows, sheep and whatever' that we think is good for the kids. Best is check what is acidic and what is alkaline then you will have a good understanding about your food intake whether they are healthy or otherwise. As I would like to draw a parallel when the whole day of stomach is filled with rice(acidic) with least space of greens, fish as nutritions, that will ultimately leave everybody as a candidate for some dangerous diseases to breed!

    Think about that! May you all have good health and happy!

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