Eggs of Iron

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.

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4 Responses to Eggs of Iron

  1. Would like to try those out sometime.

    The Giddy Tiger says: I bet you would like it.

  2. zara's mama says:

    You mean it’s good?
    I saw it before and never dared to try..

    You know the saying about eating overnight egg and your testicals will be big.. I don’t have testicals but still.. 😛

    The Giddy Tiger says: Yeah it’s good. I don’t think the overnight egg belief is true lah.. I believe in trying everything at least once in my life, if I can 🙂

  3. huisia says:

    This “surprisingly tasty and extremely addictive” makes me wanna try it la..

    The Giddy Tiger says: The temptation is that strong eh?

  4. WS says:

    ha…you post about it!! I am glad you liked it!!
    If I happen to go again, i will buy for you then…

    The Giddy Tiger says: Yup, I’m rather surprised that I like it though, cos I make it a point not to eat quails’ eggs 😛

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