May 9, 2011
Tea tasting in Chinatown
Our gracious hostess seated us and broke into a chatter, "If you like the tea you have to buy 1 bag and if you don't like it, you have to buy 1 kilo", and we were smiling. Then she told us that one has to wake up a tea before brewing it i.e rinse the dry tea leaves in boiling water for 5 seconds and throw the water away. That action rehydrates the tea leaves following which the tea is steeped in boiling water for under a minute depending on the type of tea. "Never more than a minute", she said. "That ruins the tea".
I always knew India to be the largest producer and consumer of tea. And with that comes a perception that it also has the most variety. But now after a visit to Chinatown, I'm not so sure.
By zaeka at 11:35 PM