How do you like your eggs in the morning? Preserved? China is the place to be if this is the case. Here, the fabled Century Egg remains a prized delicacy. Enjoyed in these parts since the Ming Dynasty, 600 years ago, this is an unusual food that endures to this day. It’s not to everybody’s tastes, but still discerning diners here put it on a culinary pedestal.
Duck, chicken and quail eggs are used most often. These are preserved in clay, ash and salt for several months — the precise time depending on your tastes. When the process is complete, the flavour is strong and the yolk has turned dark green or grey.
Eaten on their own or as a side dish, Century Eggs are often cut into chunks and stir-fried with vegetables or drizzled with sesame oil and soy sauce. Regardless of the final dish, there’s no disguising the Century Egg’s distinctive flavour. Are you adventurous enough to try?