Chinese Tea Eggs(Cha Ye Dan)

(Last Updated on March 1, 2024 by Amiee)

Tea eggs(Cha Ye Dan) in one instant pot are often seen in front of a breakfast stall or in a convenience store.  Some people say that the biggest difference between Chinese convenience stores and Japanese convenience stores is one pot of tea eggs and the fragrance of tea eggs wafting in the stores. Many Chinese people like to eat boiled eggs cooked in an egg cooker or water directly for breakfast every morning. As it takes a longer time to serve flavourous tea eggs.

Apart from eating rice dumplings in my hometown during the Dragon Boat Festival, people also eat boiled tea eggs. As far as I am concerned, the feeling of parting is attached to the tea eggs, because I remember that when I was young, my mother would cook a pot of tea eggs as food on the road for members of my family who were traveling by train.

I like the taste of tea to be stronger, and I will add more tea. Surely it is ordinary tea. Of course, if you want to make tea eggs into aristocratic snacks and add more expensive tea, I have no objection.:)  The tea eggs need to be boiled for an hour and then left to stand overnight to get the beautiful marble pattern and top flavor.

About spices

Spices for tea eggs I put cinnamon, star anise, bay leaves, Some people add shiitake mushrooms, tsaoko, fennel, licorice, You can try to find the taste of your own delicious tea eggs.

What kind of tea

Generally choose red tea, for its strong fragrance, resistance to cooking.


The eggs should be eaten as soon as possible and not left for too long.

Chinese tea eggs ( Cha Ye Dan)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4


  • A Instant Pot or pot for boiling


  • 10 eggs, washed
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tablespoon ligh soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 15 gram red tea
  • water over eggs about 6 cups


  • Add water and eggs to a pot, boiling for 5 minutes until cooked through
  • Crack the eggs with a spoon
  • Add all the ingredients and water to a pot, keep boiling for one hour over small heat
  • Turn off the fire then let them stay overnight.
  • Heating when serving
  • If use the instant pot, press the congee button and keep boiling, then left for hours.


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