chapter V

when baking, follow directions.. when cooking, go by your own taste.. ~ Laiko Bahrs

made in MyKitchen | herbal tea eggs

honestly, i don’t agree with all those ‘research’ and fads out there that eggs are not that good for you, especially the egg yolk.. we’ve all been advised to eat more egg white than the mighty yolk.. for fear of raising the cholesterol level in the body.. and that eggs shouldn’t be consumed more than two per day..

i say pffft to all that~

ignorant peeps out there will dig that, i’m sure, but it’s unfortunately a big misconception.. first of all, cholesterol is not just the big bad monster that lurks around in the body, waiting for the ticking time bomb to go off.. there’re two types of cholesterol – the good, as well as the bad.. and the amount of cholesterol consumed from an egg is so minimal, there’re even studies that show eating two eggs a day, everyday, doesn’t affect the body’s cholesterol level.. and studies that demonstrated people eating more than four eggs a week have lower cholesterol levels compared to those limit themselves to just one egg per week..

not convinced yet?

did you know that the egg white actually contains very, very little nutrient if at all? say, about 90% of it is water and only a measly 10% of proteins.. the bulk of the nutrients are in the yolk, in fact.. it’s the very part of the egg that feeds the chicken embryos forming in it, not the whites.. that already says something, doesn’t it?

what nutrients, you ask?

  • Vitamins A, D, E, B2, B6, B9
  • Choline – great for brains, pregnant and nursing moms. essential for brain and nerve health. for proper fetal brain development and decreased neural tube defects for developing babies, and at the same time, for moms, a necessary constituent in breast milk. last but not least, also important for memory function, reducing breast cancer risk, and to maintain normal homocysteine levels
  • Lutein and Zeaxanthin – good for your eyes. Lutein levels in eggs beat those in spinach and Lutein supplements by THREE times in the blood serum
  • Tryptophan – an amino acid antioxidant that is converted to serotonin, a potent mood enhancer and natural anti-depressant
  • Tyrosine – a precursor to epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine and thyroid hormones that modulate your body and mind’s alertness and good feelings overall

so, when you have eggs, think twice before throwing away the yolk or giving it to someone else.. how can anyone do that, i always wonder..

apart from being chockful of goodness, it’s undeniably the most delicious part of the egg! the white is tasteless and rubbery in texture when fully cooked.. the yolk, on the other hand, well.. when half cooked and still runny, as Julie Powell(of Julie & Julia the movie.. i dare you to watch it without salivating every few scenes~ :mrgreen:) says, tastes like delicious cheese sauce.. smooth and creamy.. i always scrape the last bits of yolk in the bowl whenever i have half boiled eggs.. and tell me, have you ever had half boiled eggs sans the yolks? i don’t know about you, but gimme half boiled egg YOLKS anytime, i don’t even need the whites.. some ignorant ‘on-a-diet’ health nut can have ‘em..

and since the daily breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you can’t beat eggs when it comes to supplying your body with essential nutrients to start the day with.. eggs are one of the most beneficial food one can have, not jst for breakfast, but any time of the day, i say~

pardon the boring, sleep inducing part above.. i just hate it when the mighty, wonderful and delicious egg is so poorly misjudged..

anyhoo~

back to herbal tea eggs~ :mrgreen:

i normally make these babies at night- ——-

hmm..

um.. i meant to say, i normally make HERBAL TEA EGGS at night, right before i call it a day and tuck into bed.. while having dinner with hubs, the cleaned eggs will be boiling away on the stove.. halfway through dinner, let the hard boiled eggs cool down completely in a sieve bowl.. then, when dinner’s over and done with and the dishes washed and put away, etc, i’ll start preparing the rest of the ingredients.. the eggs will simmer away in the pot of herbal tea liquid for about 3 hours.. i’ll then leave the pot covered until morning and reheat the whole lot when i wake up.. and the delicious herbal tea eggs will be ready, sitting pretty in a bowl on the dining table by the time hubs comes downstairs for his breakfast~ :mrgreen:

HERBAL TEA EGGS

Ingredients :

  • 7-8 eggs, shells gently scrubbed clean using a soft brush/hand cloth under running water

  • 1 pack Bak Kut Teh spices
  • 4 black/oolong tea bags (or ½ – ¾ cup tea leaves)

  • ¾ – 1 cup light soy sauce
  • 1-2 tbs dark soy sauce
  • 4 cups filtered water (to be topped up throughout cooking period)

Method :

  • place eggs in a pot, submerge in water. if you’re using eggs right out of the fridge, add about 1 tbs vinegar to prevent egg shells from cracking

  • bring the pot to a boil, turn the heat down and leave it to simmer away for 15-20 minutes
  • when the eggs are done, drain of excess water, give them a quick rinse and set aside to cool down completely
  • in a pot, bring Bak Kut Teh spices, tea bags, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and water to a boil

  • using the back of a spoon, gently tap the egg shells all over to crack them

  • turn the heat down to low and gently place the eggs into the pot. make sure the eggs are completely submerged. add more water if needed

  • leave the eggs in the pot for about 3 hours. top up amount of water every hour if needed
  • when done, turn the heat off
  • serve, and enjoy

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