Taiwanese Century Egg and Tofu

Century Eggs/ Preserved Eggs/ Millennium Eggs... the names are endless. These duck eggs are plentiful in Taiwanese homes and are delicious. Legend has it that a man found some duck eggs at the bottom of a shallow well filled with builder's lime. He added a bit of soy sauce to the eggs and voila! Century Eggs are upon us. These days, unshelled duck eggs are coated with a mixture of clay, ash, lime, rice husks and salt and left for several months. This leaves us with the egg white turning into black jelly while the egg yolk becomes green and creamy. The magic is in the taste of the egg so you don't want to overdo it with adding too much sauce.

Pro tip: Dip a sharp knife in hot water before slicing the eggs - less waste and keeps the egg intact


Vegetarian Recipe

Serves 2


  • 2 preserved duck eggs, sliced into thin wedges
  • 1 packet of Mori Nu silken tofu, sliced into cubes
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chinkiang vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • handful of scallions to garnish, chopped
  • (non vegetarian garnish) handful of pork floss to garnish

What to do:

  1. Place the tofu in a bowl
  2. Add the eggs on top
  3. Mix all the sauces together and pour over eggs and tofu
  4. Garnish with scallions (and pork floss)

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