As a LaoWai living in China we are exposed to some of the more unusual of chinese foods. So I know you've seen it. Have you tried it? Do you love it or hate it?
Here is what Wikipedia says about this egg that might have hatched a little too far from the hen house . . . . . . . .
Century egg or pidan (Chinese: 皮蛋; pinyin: pídàn), also known as preserved egg, hundred-year egg, thousand-year egg, thousand-year-old egg, and millennium egg, is a Chinese cuisine ingredient made by preserving duck, chicken or quail eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, quicklime, and rice hulls for several weeks to several months, depending on the method of processing.
Through the process, the yolk becomes a dark green to grey colour, with a creamy consistency and an odor of sulphur and ammonia, while the white becomes a dark brown, translucent jelly with little flavour. The transforming agent in the century egg is its alkaline material, which gradually raises the pH of the egg to around 9, 12, or more during the curing process. This chemical process breaks down some of the complex, flavorless proteins and fats, which produces a variety of smaller flavorful compounds.
Some eggs have patterns near the surface of the egg white that are likened to pine branches, and that gives rise to one of its Chinese names, the pine-patterned egg.
According to a persistent misconception, century eggs are, or were once, prepared by soaking eggs in horse urine. The myth may arise from the pungent odor of ammonia (a side-product of protein breakdown) given off by century eggs, which is reminiscent of urine. Horse urine itself, however, is only slightly basic, ranging in pH from 7.5 to 7.9. Though human urine left standing can reach a maximum pH of around 9.4—the same as a 1-molar solution of ammonia—it is still less than that produced by mixing quicklime (calcium oxide) or wood ash in water.
So, lets see what the LaoWai's of NanChang feel about this thousand year old egg . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I want to try tea eggs, I saw a recipe online.
I like pidan!!!!It iis a winner in my book.