The ghastly-looking century egg is the Roquefort of Chinese foods

When I was little, I thought that century eggs (also known as hundred-year or thousand-year eggs, pidan in Mandarin, and “What the hell is that?!”) were dinosaur eggs. Any 5-year-old could make the same assumption. There’s the name, for one thing, and the fact that the eggs are sold covered in clay and rice hulls like…