Sunday, December 8, 2013

Chinese Red Eggs (红鸡蛋)

Happy Birthday to me!!!

Yes! Today is my birthday. Haha. So, I made some red eggs (红鸡蛋) for myself.


These bright red colored cooked chicken eggs are first hard boiled and then wet red color is smeared over the eggs to create a red coloring. Nothing fanciful, but it is the significant food instead.

In Chinese culture, it is common to find red eggs at the baby's full month or baby's 1st birthday. Eggs symbolize birth or a new start. Hence, for eggs to be served to guests during an important birthday is very significant. The red color means prosperity and good fortune to the Chinese. And this explains why Chinese eat red eggs during birthday :)

When I was a kid, my grandma used to make these red eggs for me on my birthday. Sometimes she will reserve a huge L shaped chicken tight for me too. What a feast! Ever since I moved away from my grandma, no one makes red eggs for me anymore :(



I still, follow the most basic way of making red eggs as what my grandma did. Used red coloring powder instead of the modern liquid coloring. A very small amount of coloring powder will do the work.


Ingredients

  • 4 fresh eggs (or more)
  • a tsp of salt
  • small amount of red coloring powder
  • a tsp of water to mix with the red coloring powder

Method

  1. To make hard boiled eggs. In a stock pot, add enough water, a tsp of salt, and gently add in eggs. Bring to a boil in medium heat. 
  2. Once eggs are boiled, remove and set aside to let the eggs cool down for 5mins or more. 
  3. In a bowl, mix red coloring powder with a tsp of water. 
  4. Put the egg on the red coloring, roll the eggs around to let the red coloring smear all over the eggs. Do this one at a time. If you find the eggs are not red enough, you could roll the eggs on the red coloring to let it dye one more time.  




Do use a spoon or gloves if you don't want your hands and nails to be dyed in the process. To me, getting your hands and nails dyed is kinda fun! It's part of the process!


I love the peeling part! It will dyed the egg white a little during peeling. And that makes this hard boiled eggs special. One way or another, our traditions usually revolve around food and the symbols they represent in life.


Beautiful mess :)


These red eggs symbolize luck, good fortune and blessing. It is my birthday, and I'm sharing this blessing in my house. Kuan Lok (my tenant) get to eat red eggs too! He's having hard time peeling his red eggs. Hahaha...


So, is your birthday coming soon? Make some red eggs! :)

Once again, Happy Birthday to me!!! :)

12 comments:

  1. Happy Belated Birthday to you~! May all your wishes come true!

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    1. Thanks! Haha... I wish for a bigger kitchen! But I don't think my dream will come true for now :)

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  2. Happy birthday! Red eggs always remind me of a baby's full moon :)

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    1. Thanks Janine. Yes! Red eggs are always reminded of baby's full moon celebration :)

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  3. The red egg is the must have food for all the big occasion.

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  4. Red eggs fill my heart with childhood memories. Happy belated birthday to you Annie!

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  5. May I know where is the best place to buy the red dye in Singapore?

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    1. You can try buying it at Sheng Siong :)

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  6. Red eggs on birthdays is my family tradition too. I can see the difficulty in peeling the eggs as they are very fresh. I normally buy 1 week in advance and store them in open kitchen area. Old eggs are easier to peel. Good luck.: )

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  7. My friend's wife gave a birth to a girl. I' have been looking for information red egg feast, especially amount of eggs.
    Results are confusing: odd amount girl 3 mention, and also boy 3 mention odd amount.
    So, your knowledge even or odd?

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    1. Haha. Unfortunately, I don't think I know the meaning of odd and even numbers :)

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