Thursday, August 14, 2008

Flower Tea, Dong Tai Lu in Shanghai

Along the street of Dong Tai Lu in old Shanghai town, among the rows of stalls that sells all sorts of trinkets and imitation goods, you will spot a tiny green flag from afar that reads "TEA".

tea shop in dong tai lu

This shop is famous for it's hospitality of serving good pot of hot tea during the cold season which is not very common in China, the hospitality I mean.

tea shop sign 2

And the good thing is, you don't have to buy it if you don't want it,

tea shop sign

they will still serve you a good pot of good old tea anyhow. So if you're cheapstake enough you can always come here and sample some free tea and claim that you have drunk tea in China.

tea set

And swear their quality and price by it.

Here you will find many sorts of tea, from the famous Hangzhou staple tea "Long Jing Cha" to the southern favourites "Pu Er Cha" to my personal favourite "Gui Hua Cha", which is part of the Oolong Cha range, you name it, they have it.

different types of tea

The most entertaining tea, and my all time winning souveniers for friends, is the Flower Tea.

What you do is, you boiled a kettle of water, pour into a transparent glass vacuum tube and plop the ball of flower tea into the tube. Like this,

flower tea in hot water

and watch it grow.

It will first sink,

blooming flower tea

And as you continue to observe, it will start to blossom,

blossoming tea

Like a fairy out of a flower bud, it unveils its beauty to the world. Slowly emerging its head and beautiful outline in the water, gracefully and elegantly.

The outcome was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

shanghai nite

I present to you, the Flower Tea. Cost at RM15 per box of 8 balls, you can drink this jasmine flavoured tea over and over again and store the flower in the water for a week for pure presentation.

The tea itself is nothing to shout about, but it's a sure way to win the hearts of your guests and a fantastic centre piece for any dinner.

flower tea full bloom 2

Flower tea, fascinating creation. Good for health too. :D


Adele G said...

Simply fascinating, is it available here in malaysia? I've never really been a tea person but I thought even if i might not like the taste, I'll still like the blossoming part lol. Nice post anyway :)

Geli Tifa said...

I want...!!!

J.H said...

wow, that's really an art of making tea!