Nourish yourself with these flavor bursting Taiwanese tea eggs that has been infused overnight with aromatics such as earl grey tea, soy sauce, cinnamon and star anise.

Nourishing Taiwanese Tea Eggs(GF+Oil Free)

Taiwanese Tea Eggs is one of my favorite childhood afternoon snack. It is cheap and widely available at convenient stores like 7-11 and it has given me many great memories of the city I once lived in.

I love making this dish because it gives hard boiled eggs another life by infusing it with rich and aromatic spices and it just tastes so good! Tea eggs are super easy to make and flexible as that you can experiment with whatever aromatics you want to infuse in like Sichuan peppercorn or ginger slices. The possibility is endless! Since there are only three of us in the family, I will be making a batch of 10 eggs which will last for a few days for us, but feel free to use as little, as much as me or more! Don’t worry, the marinate recipe should cover at least 8-12 eggs.

Now let’s learn about the ingredients in this dish and some of the benefits that it provide and how it effect our body as well as things to look out for specific to your personal condition if it applies.

DISCLAIMER ALERT! All posts are not intended to treat or override the decision to see your personal doctor and physician. I strongly advise everyone to discuss any serious condition with your medical health provider. Everything I say and write are all based on personal experience and through reading materials provided by medical professionals. I believe everyone’s body is unique and there’s no one miracle diet or medicine for everyone! I am only here to provide and share knowledge I have learned from the general holistic wellness point of view. All of the information and recipes that I am providing are safe for majority of people. All of the information listed can be found through the reference section.


  • Low in calorie and high in protein.
  • High in anti-oxidants.
  • The tea and herbs in this dish help improve metabolism which assist in the weight loss process.
  • The tea eggs help raise the good cholesterol.
  • Promotes brain health and protect our bone.
  • Promotes healthy skin, hair and nail.
  • Tea eggs can help aid edema.


  • If you have any egg allergen please do refrain from making and consuming this dish.
  • This dish is higher in sodium, it is best to consume as snack and in moderation if you need to watch your salt intake.
  • Although the eggs help raise the good cholesterol, it is still best to not over consume it especially if you are watching your cholesterol level. 


Post author Scientific review: Dr Heben’s Team. (2019, July 20). Health benefits taiwanese tea egg (healthy oriental cuisine).

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Nourishing Taiwanese Tea Eggs

Nourish yourself with these flavor bursting hard boiled marbled eggs that has been infused overnight with aromatics such as earl grey tea, soy sauce, cinnamon and star anise.
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Gluten Free, Heart Healthy, High Protein, Low Calorie, Oil Free
Yield: 6 Servings
Author: Yu-Hua Golnick



  • 8-12 Individual Eggs


  • 8 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)
  • 2 bag earl grey tea or black tea bag
  • cup water


  • Bring a large sauce pan filled with water to boil. Turn to low heat and carefully place the eggs into the sauce pan and boil5 minutes for soft boiled eggs, 7 minutes for medium boiled eggs and 10 minutes for hard boiled eggs.  
  • Once the eggs are done boiling, place them into ice bath (add ice into water in a large container)
  • When the eggs are cooled, tap the eggs with back of a spoon until it crackles all around. Set it aside.
  • In a clean sauce pan, place all of the marinade ingredient into the pot and bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and wait until it cools down.
  • Place eggs in a container and pour the cooled marinate over the eggs. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Peel and enjoy as an afternoon snack.


  • You can experiment with the marinate ingredient, I only used what was available to me at the time, however you can make it with other ingredients such as ginger and peppercorns…etc


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