Man, do I love 99 Ranch Market. Every time I visit I find another item I’ve been wanting to try. These century eggs (preserved duck eggs, thousand-year eggs, millennium eggs) had been on the top of my to-try list for some time, and how couldn’t they be? Just look at how striking that jet black white is, and that’s before I cut in…
Cool shit just got cooler. They look like the anti-egg, and smell like sulfur. Century eggs are just about everything Western Palates are taught not to eat, but passing them up would be a mistake (at least save them for me).
Once taken apart, you can see that the white actually has a translucent brownish-amber color. It takes on the texture of a firm jello, but despite the color, it offers little by way of taste. There is maybe a hint of tea from the brine, but the real flavor comes from the yolk.
Duck egg yolks are much more sizable than those of chickens; that’s already awesome, but especially here. The texture will vary with the length of brine, but even the harder yolks have a creamier consistency. I’ve seen the flavor described as pungent, earthy, and obviously salty. I agree with all of that and will add addicting.
I suppose I could make my own, but I don’t feel like taking the time. It’s not quite as lengthy a process as the name(s) would imply, but when a half dozen is only $2.69, I’m fine with a bit of a convenience charge.
next up, I’m making these guys take me to find Balut (skip googling if you’re squeamish).