Recently, I had a pot of tea, spices and soy sauce left over from making Chinese tea eggs. Since the tea mixture tasted good, I decided to cook some pork and noodles with it. Nothing goes to waste!
Chinese tea eggs are popular street snacks with a savory taste. These hard-boiled eggs are steeped in tea, spices and soy sauce for hours.
Before you steep the eggs, you have to crack their shells. Tap them lightly with a spoon. This gets the flavor in. It makes pretty marble patterns on the eggs, too!
Brining chicken with oranges is an easy way to enhance the meat’s flavor.
With a $1 fruit and a pan of salted ice water, you can make your chicken taste like a million dollars. The ice and salt help drain foul-tasting blood from the flesh.
Refrigerate the chicken in the cold water overnight, and it’ll be ready.
This is a German tradition that I learned from a late friend. James H. Slusser promised my chicken dishes — whether Indian or Italian — would taste better. And he was right!