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Erawan mall, Sukhumvit Road, overlooking the Erawan shrine. Near Chit Lom BTS station. 

Handmade Thai silver teapots and Thai style high tea treats, beautiful dark wood furnishings…. It’s a haven of peace on busy Sukhumvit Road and the teas are good too. 

I like to visit the colourful Erawan shrine and watch the bored expression on the dancers as they repeat their dance for the zillionth time as worshippers pray before them. And then head upstairs for some afternoon tea. 

Today it’s a green Keemun with scones and yummy Chang Mai strawberry jam and some fresh tropical fruits. Perfect way to start a slow off day in Bangkok. 

 erawan tea room bangkok 
 good tea in bangkok  

silver teapots erawan tea room

 

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Meanwhile, time for a late lunch in Hong Kong Park, at the Lok Cha Tea House. 

  

A cup infused yellow tea, slightly smokey on the first brew then smoother from the second cup onwards. Accompanied by seasonal steamed vegetable dumplings and these cute little sweet, black sesame  mini dumplings served in cold jasmine tea. Delicious. 

Lock Cha Tea House is a haven of peace inside the already peaceful Hong Kong park at Admiralty. A spacious tearoom serving Chinese and some Taiwanese teas (green, yellow, oolong – which the English menu calls “greenish tea”, red and pu-erh) with a decent selection of vegetarian dim sum and other all veggie dishes. Tea demonstration at a small extra charge. 

Lok Cha also sells tea and tea ware, and is located right next to the wonderful Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. Visiting the museum then taking a long tea break at Lok Cha is a perfect way to spend a tea-themed afternoon. 

 tea house near Admiralty in Hong Kong 
LockCha Tea House

Ground Floor, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty, Hong Kong.

Tel: +852 2801-7177

Open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed every second Tuesday of the month.

Admiralty MTR Station C1 Exit. 

A cup of gold

Goodness, these tips are made for splurging! Coated in 24K gold that infuses into the brew. Pret-tea fancy. I wonder if my tea obsession will ever lead me to cough up the $480 for 50g. Never say never I say.

See TWG’s Yellow Gold Tea Buds here. 

TWG is my favourite brand for high end Indian black teas, like their first flush Darjeelings in April/May. The exquisite tea rooms are a close copy of Mariage Frères but their teas are superior in my view. 

  

70, Gwangbok-ro, Jung-gu, Busan

Tel. 051-246-5285

Metro: Nampo, Exit 1

O’Sulloc’s tea is organic and grown on volcanic Jeju island off the south coast of Korea. It is very hard to find outside of Korea and finding this outlet in Busan was a real treat. There is a shop downstairs and tearoom upstairs with a green tea based menu of toasties, scones and cakes. I was a little disapointed when my Illohhying green tea was served in a mug and the tea placed inside a teabag. I found the tea too light for my taste, and prefer O’Sulloc’s senjak and Master Tea which has much more body and just improves with each brew. We also tried a delicious oolong.

I’m all stocked up with Korean tea thanks to this find. The tea is expensive but well worth the price for the quality, delicious flavour and the way each cup unfolds, revealing new aspects every time your rebrew the tea. 

lunch at O'Sulloc in Busan

I was hoping for tea in a teapot

  
O'Sulloc tearoom and shop in Busan

Upstairs in the O’Sulloc tearoom

  
Lunch at O'Sulloc, Busan

Green tea pesto sandwich

 

If you do not speak or read Korean, you will need this map. Look out for Paris Baguette on Gwangbok-ro (Fashion Street), then you should spot O’Sulloc on the other side of the street, with a brown, corner facade. It’s open til 10pm. 

Nampo metro station is one stop from Jagalchi and the fish market. 
 

How to find O'Sulloc in Busan

O’Sulloc is on Busan’s Fashion Street


For more information on Korean tea, Visit Korea has a section on traditional Korean teas

This article on Wake up World is an interesting read and has more depth than the usual “10 reasons why…” things we see everywhere.  I particularly like the part on theanine and how it induces an “alpha state of relaxed alertness”. This is why meditating monks would drink matcha and I can really feel how a bowl of good quality matcha quickly reaches my brain and changes my level of alertness without making me feel hyper or stressed. In the right conditions, it induces a reflective state and inspiration in me! 

“While most studies focus on catechins as active ingredients and effectors of physiological changes, green tea also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which is able to cross the blood-brain barrier. It has been shown to directly influence the brain by evoking an alpha state of relaxed alertness.”

10 Significant Reasons Why Regularly Drinking Green Tea Is An Awesome Healthy Living Habit! by Katrin Geist

Well worth the read, whilst sipping some green tea of course. 

 teanine and other health benefits of green tea    

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Thanks to Ippodo, Japan for today’s instructive e-mail on how to care for my beloved matcha utensils.
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Handling and care of the whisk

Wetting the tips of the whisk (chasen) before using it makes them more pliant.
Rinse the whisk with water after using it. If any matcha doesn’t rinse off easily, wipe it off with your fingers. If some matcha still sticks, let it soak for a bit in hot water, and then rinse.

Make sure to dry out the whisk thoroughly before storing it, in order to prevent mold from developing.
We recommend storing it on a whisk stand (chasen-tate), a convenient item that maintains the shape of the delicate bamboo tips and keeps the whisk well aired while not in use.

– Whisk Stand
http://shop.ippodo-tea.co.jp/kyoto/shopf/ad.html?ccd=em14092201

Handling and care of the tea ladle

Please do not expose your tea ladle (chashaku) to water or moisture!
When you’re finished using it, wipe it with a dry cloth or tissue. Do not rinse it with water! Rinsing with water will cause matcha powder to stick to it, and not come off.

– Chashaku
http://shop.ippodo-tea.co.jp/kyoto/shopf/ad.html?ccd=em14092204

Handling and care of the tea bowl

Washing with soap or detergent can cause a tea bowl to retain the smell, so we recommend rinsing your tea bowl with water.
Matcha stains are difficult to remove, so make sure to thoroughly rub them off with your fingers. Your tea bowl should also be thoroughly dried before being stored away.

Note: Handling and care of tea bowls varies depending on the properties of the ceramic ware. When purchasing a tea bowl, check to see what its handling requirements are.”

IPPODO Tea Co.

Today brings a good article from the BBC about how the French are renewing their tea drinking habits. While Lipton Yellow served in a coffee cup remains the norm, it’s becoming easier to find a good cast-iron pot of loose leaf tea to accompany your millefeuille.

Read France’s silent tea revolution on the BBC website.

Le thé à l’anglaise, Michel-Barthélémy Ollivier (1712–1784)

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