Century Egg - Chinese Black Preserved Egg

by - Monday, December 27, 2010

Century Egg - Chinese Black Preserved Duck Egg
Wasting my time before teaching again at 4 p.m. *hehehe*. Have no idea what to post; unpacking an old folder in my notebook and found this Century Egg aka Chinese Black Preserved Duck Egg. (Wikipedia) Century egg, also known as preserved egg, hundred-year egg, thousand-year egg, thousand-year-old egg, and millennium egg (or Pidan in Mandarin), is a Chinese cuisine ingredient made by preserving duck, chicken or quail eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, lime, and rice hulls for several weeks to several months, depending on the method of processing. Through the process, the yolk becomes a dark green, cream-like substance with a strong odor of sulphur and ammonia, while the white becomes a dark brown, transparent jelly with little flavor. The transforming agent in the century egg is its alkaline material, which gradually raises the pH of the egg to around 9, 12, or more. This chemical process breaks down some of the complex, flavorless proteins and fats, which produces a variety of smaller flavorful compounds.

Black Preserved Duck Egg

I had this black egg on the last February - my aunt brought me this when she visited me :D. First time I saw the package, questions popped up in my mind: "What the heck is this? Alien's egg? Or thousands-year egg? Iiiieeewwwwwww....". My aunt said that it's really good and excellent to be enjoyed with a bowl of warm porridge. Sooo hesitate to give it a try for the very first time *but I really liked to photograph it hehehe ^^*. It smells little bit strange, (yeah Wiki's right, just like sulphur), the texture is just like jelly, and it has beautiful snowflake patterns just like this. Since I had no idea about recipe used this century egg, I executed my aunt's suggestion to enjoy it with porridge; and I made a bowl of shrimp porridge :D. Iiieeeeeewww.... I closed my eyes and pinched my nose when I was munching it. It wasn't bad, it was just sooo strange to eat a little bit smelly, jelly-ish, black egg! I just want the "normal" egg pleaseeee, LOL! You know what: It was my first and last time eating the century egg! Not again, never ever! Hohohoho...

Black Preserved Duck Egg 3

Black Preserved Duck Egg 2
When I cut the boiled preserved egg into halves, the halves looked like alien's eyes, so I made them into that shape :D. The preserved egg's called century even thousand-year-old egg maybe since it looks like a black egg that has been rotten for hundred years hehehe ^^

Black Preserved Duck Egg

Have a great day, buddies! ^o^p

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12 comments

  1. hehehehehehee...i like thousand-years egg :)
    yup, it perfectly matches with porridge

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  2. @Journal Mommy Yenny: Eheheh, rasanya sih gak gimana-gimana mbak, tapi karena gak biasa rasanya jadi gidik-gidik hihihihihi ^^

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  3. aaah, tabon jangan begitchu. hahaha. enak lho bubur telor pitan itu, Ta. haha. aku br pertama kali mkn kira2 bbrp bulan yg lalu deh, awalnya aku juga bingung telur pitan iku opo. haha. tp tak kunyah2 ya kok enak jugaa.. hahaha. aku nggak liat wujud aslinya jg sih ya ta soalnya, jd nggak seserem yg km rasain kayaknya. ehehe. coba mkn di resto dl ta, siapa tau ketagihan. hahaha

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  4. I love one-thousand year old egg in congee, I wasn't very impressed too when I ate it the first time, I guess we just have to get used to it;).

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  5. Hihihi, penampakannya menakutkan mbak :D
    Udah biasa makan bento (yg lucu2), bgitu makan yg bntuknya mnakutkan jadi prasaannya negatif trus deh. Hahaha

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  6. your century egg looks so pretty & with the beautiful snowflake patterns. I love to eat century eggs..hehehe...with pork porridge or with pickled ginger..so yummy! :a:

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  7. @Momon: Ya ampun Mooooon, sumpah! Gak tega aku liat penampakannya, kayak telurnya Mbah Mummy yang udah beribu-ribu taon dan kayak telor yang mau keluar anak ayamnya hihihihihihi. Buat aku mending telur asin kemana-mana hehe ^^

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  8. @Cooking Gallery: Yes, you're right, maybe it's because I don't get used to it hehe. Hey, telur asin with congee is great, right? :D

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  9. @Sysyl: Hehehe, betul betul betul Syl! Beneran deh, it's appearance makes me feel scared ^^

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  10. @Emily Ng: Hehehe, it looks like an alien, doesn't it? Me: still afraid to eat century egg again hehehehe ^^v

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  11. haha.. i am quite surprised though, you havenet tried any Century egg before..

    I will give a thumbs up fot the centure egg..yum yums with white porridge..
    haha

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  12. @Bobo: Hahaha, eat me :D. Yes, you're right, the taste is good - I just can't bear with it's smell and it's appearance LOL! ^^

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