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Would You Eat a Thousand-Year Egg?

On Saturday, I started my day off with a great congee, an Asian porridge consisting of rice and water that's served with various accouterments. Although mine was topped with pickled mustard greens, peanuts, and shiitake mushrooms, I longed for a century egg — the traditional congee accompaniment — to top it all off. Century eggs, also known as hundred- or thousand-year eggs, are a breakfast mainstay of Chinese cuisine.

They're made by preserving duck or chicken eggs in ash, clay, salt, lime, and rice hulls for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. The end result is an egg with transparent dark brown whites, an opaque, green-gray yolk, and a sulfurous, ammonia-like flavor. While the concept might sound nauseating, the taste, once acquired, is absolutely addictive. Have you come across a century egg? If so, what did you think of it?

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