Would you like a nice hard-boiled egg? Are you sure? Because this isn’t just any old hard-boiled egg. This is a Boiled Salted Duck Egg. In fact, it is a Shownice Boiled Salted Duck Egg. Shownice isn’t the brand; it’s a description of how nice these eggs are. As near as I can tell, it means that they’re nice enough to take to a show. This word is most commonly used to describe formal attire, but clearly it can apply to foods as well. These eggs are brought to you by Kindly Eggs Co., Ltd. and are proudly made in Taiwan. Very proudly made in Taiwan, in fact; the package proclaims: “Made in Taiwan”, “Product of Taiwan”, “All eggs are originated from certified flock by Taiwan official”, and “All eggs cases are made and packed in Taiwan of origin.” Someone in Taiwan is very proud of these eggs, and it wouldn’t be fair to deprive them of their chance at glory.
Inside the package are six individually-wrapped eggs, each in a vacuum-sealed easy-open plastic bag. Opening the bag itself reveals a small speckled egg and a slightly salty smell. I expected an offensive odor, but it actually didn’t smell bad at all. I removed the shell and cut the egg in half, revealing what my culinary co-conspirator cleverly called a “peculiar polychromatic poached poultry product.” As you can see from the picture, this isn’t your normal white-and-yellow boiled egg. In fact, the yolk was much, much darker than what is shown on the packaging. The sight of this left at least one bystander rapidly recoiling (and nearly regurgitating), but in spite of this, I knew that it wouldn’t be fair to deny these shownice eggs their moment in the sun. (By the way, don’t actually put the eggs in the sun. The package specifically states to place them in the shade.)
My fellow strange-snack sampler and I winced as we prepared to partake of this outlandish ovum. That this would be a revolting ration seemed positively preordained, but somewhere there was a proud purveyor of poultry whose products deserved an equitable evaluation. We both bravely bit into the mysterious morsel, and the results were absolutely astounding. It actually tasted good. I always put salt on hard-boiled eggs, but this one was already helpfully salted by Kindly Eggs Co., Ltd. (which was very kind of them). It didn’t need anything extra. I’ll probably eat the rest of these.