What Are Century Eggs

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How Does a Century Egg Taste

It used to be, just the thought of eating a Black Egg (or Century Egg) scared me. I love my eggs – scrambled, boiled, poached, sunny side up, over easy or over medium or even deviled. I like them Benedict, Migas, burrito, omelet, Florentine, and Ranchero. I eat a lot of strange things, but one thing that always scared me a bit was Black eggs, also known as century eggs, preserved egg, hundred-year egg, thousand-year egg, thousand-year-old egg, or millennium eggs in Asia. Just the thought of eating something that has been buried in the ground so long as to look rotten goes against my instincts.

However a few weeks ago, when a friend who’s culinary instincts I respect, told me she liked them I was surprised enough to give them a try. I was told that legend says that every one you eat seven years is added to your life. Even given that, just looking at the white, which has turned a translucent brown, and the yolk, which has turned a greenish black color was almost enough to stop me but I grabbed my chopsticks, closed my eyes and went for it. The “white” was a bit salty tasting and the yolk was almost the consistency of pudding with a slightly sulfurous /ammonia taste.

How Are Black Eggs Made

Black eggs are made by preserving eggs – duck, chicken or quail in a concoction of clay, ash, salt, calcium oxide, and rice hulls for several weeks up to several months, not centuries. The result is something certainly more flavorfully complex than hard boiled. It was still a bit bit of a challenge but I tried a second one and found I quite like them. I certainly like them more than pickled eggs but, if given a choice, I would rather go with poached fresh eggs with country ham on English muffins and covered with Hollandaise any day.


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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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