Guess what exotic item I had the opportunity to eat today?
My friend bought these iron eggs from Taipei and it was my first time trying them out. I searched the net and found out that iron eggs are actually preserved quails’ eggs. These eggs are boiled using a special sauce and then dried. The entire boiling and drying process is repeated thrice producing iron eggs which are chewy on the outside and of egg-yolk consistency on the inside. Legend has it that these iron eggs came about because the old granny that owned the shop could hardly sell her soy-sauce marinated eggs, so eventually the eggs turned as hard as stone. Strangely enough, these eggs attracted gluttons and from then on, became a legend and tourists flock to Taipei to buy these iron eggs. Sounds icky right? But you know what, despite its foreboding exterior, the iron eggs were surprisingly tasty and extremely addictive! But be careful, cos quails’ eggs are calorie-laden.