hundred-year egg

Main Entry:  hundred-year egg
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  any egg (usu. chicken) that has been preserved by being covered with a coating of lime, ashes, and salt before being shallowly buried for 100 days and which then has a pungent cheeselike flavor; also called century egg, thousand-year egg, Ming Dynasty egg, ancient egg, fermented egg, also written hundred-year-old egg
Etymology:  cooking
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