It's so much fun making Chinese Tea Eggs! They're awesome, unique looking hard boiled eggs, and they're so delicious! Lovely mixed into rice, ramen or a stir-fry, they're also fabulous on their own.
Of the prep time, only about 20 minutes are active work time.
Add the eggs to a pot where they all fit snugly. Cover the eggs with water, to about 2 inches above them. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat to simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove the eggs carefully with a slotted spoon or small strainer, adding them to a bowl as you go. (Leave the water in the pot!)
Pour the spice-tea mixture into the water with the eggs, and bring to a strong simmer. Let the eggs simmer for about 10 minutes, then turn the heat to the lowest setting, cover and simmer very gently for 1½ hours.