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Taste of the Century

Posted October 28, 2009 by Mary Kong-DeVito in Curiosities
Century Egg

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

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About the Author

Mary Kong-DeVito

Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.