Star Anise Tea Eggs



  • 12 large NestFresh Eggs
  • 6 tablespoons loose black tea leaves
  • 3 tablespoons star anise, in pieces (available in Asian markets, specialty-food stores, and spice stores)


Place eggs in large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and cook for 10 minutes, or until eggs are hard-boiled. Chill under cold running water. Tap each egg lightly on flat surface to make a web of small cracks all over the shell. Place eggs in large saucepan. Add tea, star anise, and 2 tablespoons salt. Cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, with cover askew, for about 2 hours. Let eggs cool in liquid. Peel eggs. Cut in half lengthwise and place flat side down on large white plate or platter.

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