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Spice Temple’s Jasmine Tea Egg with Smoked Chicken Salad

Spice Temple’s Jasmine Tea Egg with Smoked Chicken Salad

Banquets and feasts play a vital role in Chinese New Year celebrations, said to bring good fortune and prosperity for the year ahead.

Spice Temple’s Jasmine Tea Egg with Smoked Chicken Salad

This Jasmine Tea Egg with Smoked Chicken Salad recipe from Spice Temple showcases the egg – a traditional Chinese New Year ingredient symbolising a fresh start and new beginnings. Eggs also represent fertility and the joy this brings to families.

Please note: You will need to prepare the jasmine tea eggs a day in advance.

Jasmine tea-infused eggs

2 eggs, room temperature

2 tbsp jasmine tea leaves 

1 cup dark soy sauce

2 cloves star anise 

1 cinnamon stick 

½ cup water 

Smoked chicken salad

2 smoked chicken marylands (a cut of chicken which contains both drumstick and thigh), store bought

1 cucumber 

½ bunch spring onion 

½ bunch coriander

2 tbsp crispy chilli oil

Black vinegar dressing

75ml black vinegar

45ml chilli oil 

25g caster sugar 

5g table salt 


For the eggs

  1. In a cooking pot over high heat, combine dark soy sauce, water, star anise, cinnamon stick and jasmine tea. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Take the mixture off the heat and cool down to room temperature. 
  3. In a separate pot, bring water to the boil and gently place eggs into the pot. Cook for 7 minutes. Remove and place into a bowl of ice water immediately.
  4. Once the eggs have cooled down, gently tap the sides with a spoon to create even cracks.
  5. Place eggs in a separate bowl and pour over the tea-infused dark soy until submerged. Leave eggs to rest in the fridge overnight.

For the salad dressing

  1. To prepare the salad dressing, place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk well until chilli oil and black vinegar and fully combined.
  2. Cut cucumber and spring onion into fine long strips.
  3. Then, roughly chop coriander.
  4. Shred chicken into bite-sized pieces and place in a salad bowl.

To finish

  1. To serve the dish, peel the tea-infused eggs and cut into quarters.
  2. Combine cucumber, spring onion, coriander and crispy chilli oil with your smoked chicken, and then dress well with black vinegar dressing.
  3. Serve the egg along with the smoked chicken salad.
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