Taste of the Century
Gorgeous, isn’t it? This is the most accurate picture out there.
This here my friends, is the often feared and misunderstood thousand-year-old egg, also known as the century. That to me means that it doesn’t make a difference whether an egg is a hundred or a thousand years old. It’s still pretty rotten.
How can anyone eat this? Don’t knock until you try it. I think it’s delicious.
Growing up, I ate congee with pork and thousand-year-old eggs on cold, wintry days.
It’s a duck egg packed in clay, ash, salt, and lime for up to a few months. I think Italian mobsters do the same to people who cross them.
The egg “white” no longer has a taste, rather, a firm, gelatinous texture. But the yolk is where it’s at. It smells pretty pungent and may make your eyelashes curl, but the creamy consistency followed by a sharpness reminds me of some of the finest cheeses I’ve ever tasted. If you’re a fan of cheese, it’s no different from smelly but delicious Époisses de Bourgogne!
Want to taste for yourself? Then head over to A&J Restaurant, where they serve it Taiwanese-style, in a fluffy cloud of minced tofu, drizzled with sesame oil.
A & J Rockville
1319- Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852