Known in Mandarin as the 'tie dan' or what some of my friends call the metal eggs. Either way they are all the same thing, a popular local Taiwan snack. They are pretty much called the iron eggs because these eggs are really much harder than any other type of eggs. They can be made from both quail or chicken eggs. These eggs are stew in soy sauce and a whole other spices repeatedly, over and over again until all the flavors from the stew are fully absorbed into the eggs and then air dried.
Hence, the eggs are more flavorful when compared to normal boil or even tea eggs and they have these mixture of salty and sweet in them. Although their color might not be so appetizing, being brownish black but I find them quite delightful. It's like the more you eat them, the more delicious they get. Besides, I like them because they are very chewy so it makes very good snack when I'm itching for something to munch on. However, it can get quite filling eating them, so even though they are small in size (quail eggs), eating about 5-6 is enough to make me full. Not forgetting, eggs being eggs, they are still high in cholesterol so it's better not to eat too much at a time.
It must be a really unique and famous snack of Taiwan because almost all my friends that came back from Taiwan would buy us back these as a souvenir. So all thanks to them, the next time I go to Taiwan, I don't have to buy these back anymore. haha! When my friend came over to Moldyland to visit us last Sunday, he too brought us these iron eggs. I tweeted and Mariuca ask me what was it, so I decided to blog about them.
|The iron eggs. After eating them, you'll turn into Ironman! haha.I know lame, pls ignore. Just needed to destress somewhere.|
|Somehow they remind me of the grape-like structures of hydatiform mole in molar pregnancy. Lol|
|The larger chicken iron eggs.|
|Somehow the chicken eggs are even harder than the quail ones. This is the 1st time I tried the chicken eggs and I think I still like the quail ones better. Cause the quail ones are smaller and less saltier.|
|The black pepper flavor. The black pepper taste also not strong one. It just gives a hint of spiciness on top of the saltiness and sweetness of the iron eggs.|
|Quail iron eggs. I like.|
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