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wifecake

First you need to wash and peel 3 wives… Nah I jest, none of the ingredients involve actual people.

I made these BEAUTIFUL wife cakes (and egg rolls) in Hong Kong on a great cooking lesson at the Wing Wah cake shop run by the excellent Hong Kong Tourist Board (if you’re going to Hong Kong use them, seriously they have a whole series of really interesting activities).

I was going to write out the instructions as given to me by the shop here. However they don’t actually seem to make any sense so instead I recommend you go here and follow the steps contained within.

They’re best eaten fresh out of the oven. C and I enjoyed them for breakfast. Yum Yum.

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Chinese Tea Eggs

Today I made Chinese tea eggs. Yum Yum!

This is part of C and I’s attempts to assimiliate all things Chinese before we head off on our trip.

I once had a Chinese housemate and I remembered her vaguely boiling eggs in tea and soy sauce to make a special egg usually eaten at Chinese New Year. Cracked tea eggs. Or similar. Ah ha I thought, I have eggs lying around somewhere,  lets do the same.

I’d just also had some rather bad news from home, so I may have been distracting myself to a certain extent.

This is different to the famous 100 year eggs, which aren’t as old as their name, more like a few months old. Still sounds gross but I think I’d like to try them anyway. It’s on my list. My china list.

Anywho, back to todays eggs….

I added some eggs to water with green tea leaves (I had no black) and soy sauce and boiled them for ages. I kept getting distracted and accidently letting them boil dry. So I’d top up the water. After a while I began to wonder how they got the cracked pattern. So I looked it up on google and found this great website. It recommended putting cinnamon and anise and sugar in with the tea and soy sauce. And also actually cracking the shell of the eggs. Duh. So I did that and let them simmer for 40 mins and then I covered the pot and let them soak for about 6 hours.

And mmmm they were delicous.

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