Emerald Preserved Egg
Emerald preserved egg is a dark green egg made by duck eggs that undergo chemical reactions. Its unique smell and chewy texture has made it a great snack and ingredient in creating distinct and delicious dishes.
Where is it from?
It was believed the origin of emerald preserved eggs could be traced back to the Ming Dynasty. There is a teashop in Jiangsu province and the owner usually pulled tealeaves into ashes where ducks loved to lay eggs. One day, while he was cleaning ashes, the owner found many omitted eggs and thought they were uneatable. However, he then found out that not only did they smell uniquely but tasted delicious.
How do you prepare it?
In recent years, the method of making emerald preserved eggs is to steep duck eggs into maceration extract for 45 to 60 days. By fully using the respiration of eggshells, the chemical action would turn the egg white into dark green and make it taste smooth.
Where do you buy it?
You can buy emerald preserved egg at grocery stores and supermarkets. Due to their special flavor and taste, emerald preserved eggs are said to increase the appetite, and they could even be used as a treatment for a sore throat. On the other hand, emerald preserved eggs are commonly used in a variety of dishes, such as being served with tofu or being cooked with chili. These are two famous dishes you would not want to miss.