Have you ever heard of silkie chickens? You can look at this article to see what they look like. Silkie chickens have very puffy feathers and get their name because their feathers feel like silk.
However, this is not all that makes these chicken unique. While the feathers are white, the skin and the bones of the chicken are actually black. These chickens are eaten in chinese cuisine, and are supposed to have a lot of health benefits.
My aunt has a lot of farmland where she raises silkie chickens, geese, and has many fruit trees. It’s been a while since I visited her place, so I don’t have any recent pictures of her chickens.
However, she made these tea eggs using the silkie chicken eggs. Tea leaf eggs are a common chinese dish. Hard boiled eggs are stewed in tea leaves, some salt, soy sauce, and some chinese spices. The eggs are stewed with the shell on, but first the shell is cracked in many places. As a result, when you peel off the shell of a cooked tea leaf egg, it has a beautiful pattern on the egg white exterior.
I love tea leaf eggs. These eggs didn’t taste differently, but they were very tiny. About half the size of a regular chicken egg. You can view my mom’s tea leaf egg recipe here.