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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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ashleyheatherr ashleyheatherr 7 years
I would never try that. Absolutely not!
brilliance13 brilliance13 7 years
certainly an acquired taste but love it with congee!!
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
I am pretty much open-minded so I would try it once.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I love these, too. In my opinion, they're much like eating strong-tasting cheese.
PinkPeony PinkPeony 7 years
I love these!
princexy princexy 7 years
They are way too rich and pungent for me to eat them straight like in the pic but chopped up really small, over some silken tofu with some chopped green onions and a bit of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and a couple drops of sesame oil..... yum!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
I'm open most of the time, but I'll pass. I'm not Andrew Zimmerman.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
I love eggs, but even this would be a little much for me. I'd pass on it.
marisaoswald marisaoswald 7 years
MMM so good. It's funny, because when you grow up eating weird things (aka. mostl Asian foods), you never think it's gross until you hear how disgusted people get at them. I remember the thousand year egg was on VH1's best week ever when they were doing a fear factor challenge, and hardly anyone would eat it, and I thought to myself, I would ROCK Fear Factor (the earlier versions of it where they didn't make you do such crazy stuff though)!!! ;P
courtneyd courtneyd 7 years
I've tried a bite of once once. It was horrid. The person who convinced me to try it said that might not have been a good one and tried to give me another bite, which I refused. Been there, tried that, and it's not for me.
soapbox soapbox 7 years
It's very rare when I don't want to try a new food, but I would never eat this.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
To be fair, eggs generally smell farty (to me anyway). :P But I have yet to try this! I love regular salted duck with tomatoes and rice, so this doesn't sound TOO weird..
weffie weffie 7 years
*taste not smell lol, altho it's probably both
weffie weffie 7 years
"a sulfurous, ammonia-like flavor" not to be crass, but you mean they smell like farts and pee? and people put these in their mouths? gag me.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
I'm not a big fan of eggs either but I would try this since I haven't before. It does look a little scary though.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
ive eaten plain regulat eggs many times so i could try to get used to them but nope, i just cant do eggs. now if youre asking me to do this kinda egg, its probably never ever gonna happen. i wish i liked eggs :-(
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
There's really not an option for me. I would eat one and I have, but I don't love them. In fact, I don't even like them. And, I've had them several times, so I guess it's just not a taste I can acquire.
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