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I just had another whack at making tea eggs and this time I took some pictures. Yay!! So I shall properly give you instructions for making your very own.

1. Hard boil some eggs (about ten minutes)

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2. Drain the eggs and then crack them by gently hitting them with a spoon.

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3. Put the eggs back in the saucepan and add some water.

4. Add loose leaf tea (black gives a better colour but you can use green for a slightly different flavour. Here I used both), soy sauce, cinnamon, anise and sugar. My method is just lobbing in whatever feels right but if you need measurements try about a 2 desertspoons of the tea and one of everything else.

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5. Bring the mixture to the boil and then simmer for about an hour.

6. Take off the heat and leave to sit for about 5 hours. If you leave them overnight they’ll be even better.

7. Drain the eggs.

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8.Peel and eat. Yum.

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Oh they’re so pretty! I’m very proud of myself right now. Just look –

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It’s raining. But that’s okay because we’re in Guilin in CHINA! Oh yes.

And we’re staying in a lovely hostel called Flowers.  It’s very welcoming. I especially like the buckets everywhere to catch the rain. The best one is perched above the computer next to me. They have a variety of english books. I’ve already snaffled and read one.

In Guilin they’re into exotic food (tortoise, rabbit). Also very fresh food. We went on a walk and passed lots of restaurants with cages stuffed with live animals and bowls of sea creatures.  They used to eat monkeys but now don’t because of SARS.

I had spicy fish for lunch. It took a while to prepare. Chances are the fish was still alive when I walked into the restuarant. Poor Mr delicious Fish.

We got the train from Hong Kong to (note: names may be mispelt) Guangzhou and changed to a sleeper train to Guilin.  Guangzhou station was horrible. It was massive and confusing. Nothing was in English, there were no apparent platforms, or entrances to platforms. And it was very very dirty. Everyone was sitting on the floor or broken chairs. People were spitting and blowing their noses into bins or the floor. There were babies with no nappies, just slits in their trousers so they could go on the floor whenever they wanted. 
Once we got on the train everything was better though. It takes 12 hours by train to get to Guilin. We’d chosen to travel by ‘hard sleeper’ which is a carriage seperated into about 16 sections with six beds in each section. In bunks of 3. C and I were in the very top bunk! It was tres high. I squeaked with alarm as I tried to hurl myself up it. The ladder was tiny. Plus I was foolishly wearing a skirt.
 
Tommorrow we’re getting a boat down the Li river to Yangshuo (supposed to have beautiful limestone formations and gannet fishing). 3 nights there then after we’re coming back here – getting a train to Chongching (18 hours) and from there getting a 3 day cruise up the Yangtxi river.  Exciting! A guy called David helped us book everything in a travel agent shop in the station when we arrived. We’d only gone with him originally to get a map. Lol!

I will add photos at some point when I locate a USB port/remember my wires. This may take a few days.

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