|You only need a couple of ingredients to prepared Salted Eggs.
Just ensure that none of the eggs are broken or have any cracks on them.
For this first attempt, I have used 5 chicken eggs (unable to get duck eggs from my egg supplier).
Chicken Eggs but preferably duck eggs
1 cup sea salt
4 cups tap water
1 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine Hua Tiao Chiew
2 pieces Star Anise
2 tablespoons Szechuan Peppercorns
In a medium sauce pan, add tap water and sea salt together with the star anise and Szechuan peppercorns.
Bring the ingredients to a boil.
Turn off the heat when the salt are fully dissolved and leave it to cool completely.
Pour the Hua Tiao Chiew into the saucepan and stir well.
Use a clean glass container for storage purpose.
Carefully placed each chicken egg into the container ensuring that all the eggs are not cracked.
Pour the salted boiled water into the container and ensured that all the eggs are submerged in the brine.
I used paper bowls to compress the eggs so that they are well seated at the bottom of the container.
Tightly cover the container and place it at room temperature.
I prepared this batch on July 31, 2014.
The brining process normally takes about 30 to 40 days.
You can indicate the start and finish dates on the container as a reminder.
This is the condition of the brine after 22 days of storage.
I took one salted egg out from the container on Aug 22, 2014.
Boiled the egg and checked the condition of the white and yolk.
The egg white is still a bit soft and the yolk looked oily but not too firm.
Egg white a bit salty so you can reduce the salt to 3/4 cup.
Closeup of the egg yolk on Day 22.
The taste of the egg white is a bit salty but still acceptable.
The Hua Tiao Chiew has given the egg yolk a nice orangey tinge and the egg fragrant from the star anise and peppercorns.
Will leave the rest of the 4 eggs for another week and check it out.
Another two salted eggs were taken out exactly a month from preparation – August 31, 2014.
It takes a month (30 days) to get a rich salted egg yolk.
Discovered the other two eggs had cracked lines during the brining process.
Therefore I have discarded the last two eggs.