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May 6, 2008 07:30 PM

Century egg?

Any idea where I can find some, either in a store or on a restaurant menu? I've never tried it, and I'm getting more and more curious.

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  1. I think you mean the preserved duck egg in Chinese cuisine? also known as 1000 yr eggs. They are found at almost all Chinese grocery stores, usually still in the straw covering. (There is also the "chemically preserved version" which doesn't use straw but I only had it once and it was horrible!)

    As it is very strong tasting it is not usually served by itself. At restaurants you may find it as dim sum in a pastry "pay dan so". In some restos you may find a dish called "triple eggs" which is chopped century egg and salted egg, fried in an omelette.

    At home we cut it up and mix it with firm tofu cubes, with a soy sauce and sesame oil dressing.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Teep

      I believe congee with century egg and pork (shredded?) is considered a classic dish.

      1. re: T Long

        Right, yes, actually it should be shredded salted pork.

      2. re: Teep

        So if I hit Dundas and Spadina, I should be able to find some? That tofu combo sounds great, by the way.

        1. re: piccola

          As Teep has mentioned, you will find them in virtually every Chinese grocery store and most Chinese restaurants, especially those serving congee.....I think there are some of those places near Dundas and Spadina;)

      3. My mom would serve them in quarters with pickled onions and tinned asparagus (yes, the tinny limp kind). It sounds terrible and I have no idea where this "dish" originated" but I'll admit to liking it.

        1. I think i have ever saw century egg with congee at Bright Pearl Restaurant.. try there then..