Ingredient Name:  Salted Duck Egg

Traditional Chinese Name:  鹹蛋 (xían yā dàn)
What is this?
  • Preserved duck eggs that are either soaked in brine or damp salted charcoal (hence, the black coloured eggs)
  • They are used in a variety of Asian cultures and dishes (including soups, Chinese mooncakes, stews, and as a condiment)
  • The egg has an extremely salty egg white with a orange-red egg yolk

How do I prepare it?

  • Scrape off the black charcoal outer layer prior to usage
  • Wash the egg in running warm water to remove any extra debris and dirt
  • Crack the egg as you would a regular egg

Where can I buy this?

  • You can purchase salted duck eggs in most Asian supermarkets
  • They are purchased either with the charcoal outer layer or vacuum sealed without the charcoal

What is the cost?

  • You can purchase eggs for $5.00 CAD / half dozen

Any benefits?

  • Salted duck eggs are high in zinc, iron and calcium
  • They have more protein and fat content than regular chicken eggs

Any precautions?

  • Salted duck eggs have a very high salt content and can cause elevated blood pressure if consumption is not moderated
  • They also have extremely high cholesterol levels

Additional Information?

  • Salted duck eggs have a good shelf life if stored in a dry, cool place for up to 12 months