- Chinese red eggs
Chinese red eggs (红鸡蛋) are bright pink coloured cooked chicken eggs. The eggs are first hard boiled and then with a wet red calligraphy paper which is smeared all over the eggs to create a pink colouring.
In Chinese culture, it is common to find at the baby´s first birthday a bowl of brightly coloured cooked chicken eggs on the guests´buffet or serving tables.
Origin and Folklore
Same as easter eggs , the Chinese culture consider eggs as the birth or a new start. So for eggs to be served to guest during an important birthday (such as the first month or first year) is very significant. The colour red means prosperity and auspicious to the chinese, as white or beige is considered as colours of death.
- ^ Parkinson, Rhonda Lauret (1 September 2003). The everything Chinese cookbook: from wonton soup to sweet and sour chicken -- 300 succulent recipes from the Far East. Everything Books. p. 206. ISBN 9781580629546. http://books.google.com/books?id=DGZKVjrPa9sC&pg=PA206. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
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