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18 Styles Of Man Sheng Yixing Teapots ‘Man Sheng Shi Ba Shi’

18 Styles Of Man Sheng Yixing Teapots ‘Man Sheng Shi Ba Shi’

The 18 types of Man Sheng teapots were designed by painter and seal engraver during the Qing Dynasty – Chen Hong Shou (1768-1830), and handcrafted by Yixing zisha (purple clay) craft master Yang Peng Nian. Chen Hong Shou styled himself as “Man Sheng”(曼生), hence the title “Man Sheng teapots”. Meeting Yang Peng Nian In the era […]

Grapefruit Iced Green Tea Recipe

Grapefruit Iced Green Tea Recipe

Summer is the best season to enjoy the freshness of green tea with the flavor of sweet and bitter grapefruit. And the good news is, everyone can do it. Here’s what you’ll need for two glasses of grapefruit iced green tea: 10 g of green […]

Best Strawberry Iced Tea Recipe with Sea Salt Cheese Foam

Best Strawberry Iced Tea Recipe with Sea Salt Cheese Foam

Ever tried combining strawberry with cheese flavors? Well here’s the new trend from Asia: a strawberry iced tea with a creamy layer of cheese foam. Words can’t explain how fantastic it is, you’ve got to follow the steps below and try!

Ingredients:

Here’s what you’ll need for two servings

  • 10 g of Tie Guan Yin oolong tea
  • Fine sugar
  • 30 ml of milk
  • 100 ml of whipping cream
  • 20g of cream cheese
  • 100g of strawberries
  • Sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Put oolong tea in the pot and boil on the stove with 600 ml of water for 10 minutes. Then strain out the tea, and discard the tea leaves.
  2. Add the sugar and stir until it’s fully dissolved. Let it cool down then let it chill in the refrigerator.
  3. Chop and blend the strawberries with chilled tea and pour it in a glass.
  4. For the cheese foam on top: bring cream cheese to room temperature, add in fine sugar and sea salt to taste, stir till it’s smooth. Add in whipping cream and milk, whip the mixture till it becomes foamy.
  5. Gently add the topping mixture over the glass of strawberry black tea. Now it’s time to enjoy!
Summer Cooling Tea Recipes

Summer Cooling Tea Recipes

One of the best things about summer is sipping a refreshing drink on a relaxing afternoon. It’s even better when the drink is tasty, healthy and homemade! Now we have 2 summer-ready tea recipes that guarantee to cool you down. Cold-Brewed White Tea Recipe White tea undergoes […]

Fried Tea Leaves? Yes, Here Are 2 Recipes

Fried Tea Leaves? Yes, Here Are 2 Recipes

Fried tea leaves? Oh yes, it exists! It is trendy to add tea into food these days, such as the dish tea-scented chicken we introduced recently. Both brewed and fresh tea leaves can be used to make fried tea leaves. There are basically two ways of making it. […]

DIY Iced Peach Jasmine Green Tea Recipe for This Summer!

DIY Iced Peach Jasmine Green Tea Recipe for This Summer!

Celebrate the wonderful summer with a refreshing glass of iced tea. Forget the sugar-loaded ice tea packs from the supermarket. Instead go for this highly nutritious and anti-oxidant rich jasmine tea recipe flavored with fresh peaches and natural agave syrup.

Experience this amazing taste as a result of perfect synergies between the ingredients used. The flavor of peaches are highly compatible with the base green tea taste. Its somewhat thick juices also give the iced tea an excellent body.

The agave syrup has a somewhat more neutral taste relative to honey, and it’s light flavor perfectly matches the fresh and flowery taste of jasmine tea. The colour of the syrup also give the tea a somewhat more warm and beautiful looking colour.

iced jasmine green tea recipe

Ingredients

To make 4 glasses of this jasmine tea, you’ll require the following:

jasmine tea agave syrup recipe

Here we go

Once you’ve gathered the ingredients, please follow the following easy steps:

  1. Boil hot water and let it cool down for 3 minutes.
  2. Add 10 gram of jasmine green tea in a large teapot and pour the water in the teapot. Now let it steep for 30 minutes.
  3. Pour the tea in a large container such as large soft drink bottle and let it cool down in room temperature for 4 hours.
  4. Now store the tea in the fridge for at least another 4 hours until it’s fully cooled. Make sure the bottle is closed so that the tea doesn’t absorb any scents from your fridge.
  5. Peel and slice the peaches in flat pieces.
  6. Serve the tea in with ice cubes and sliced peaches in 4 glasses. Sweeten the tea with agave syrup as according to taste.

We hope you like recipe. Please share your comments below if you’ve tried this recipe.

 

Is Tea Acidic? Factors Affecting PH Level in Tea

Is Tea Acidic? Factors Affecting PH Level in Tea

The PH level of tea is important for those who suffer from heartburn and acid refluxes. In such a cause it’s important to understand what affects the acidity level of tea. Tea like other foods and beverages have an acidity level. Unless your doctor told […]

Intriguing Facts (and Myths) Behind Champagne Bubbles

Intriguing Facts (and Myths) Behind Champagne Bubbles

You thought you know about champagne? Think again.Not many things will get a party started like the pop of a champagne bottle. Everyone loves the drink, and it seems to lend itself well to use with any food, as long as you avoid nasty episodes […]

Green Tea Chicken Recipe

Green Tea Chicken Recipe

Tea-scented chicken (茶香鸡) is a traditional dish from Hangzhou cuisine. Tender chicken is cooked with assorted spices, yet the flavour is not too strong, but rather refreshing and well-balanced because of the unique ingredient: Hangzhou’s very own Dragon Well green tea (Longjing).

It’s a dish that takes time, but surely you’ll have fun making it!

What you need

  • 10g dragon well green tea (longjing)
  • 10g dried goji berries
  • 3g dried orange peel
  • 2g of ginger slices
  • 3tbs of soy sauce
  • 1tbs of dark soy sauce
  • 1tbs of sugar
  • 3tbs of rice wine
  • a teaspoon of each of the following: fennel, clove, cinnamon bark, sichuan peppers.
  • sliced turnip
  • scallion
  • garlic

Don’t let it discourage you when you can’t find dragon well green tea. Try use another green tea that you can buy locally. Make sure not to use tea bags, instead try to find a pure loose leaf green tea.

How to make:

  1. Place dragon well green tea leaves, dried goji berries, dried orange peel, fennel, clove, cinnamon barks, bay leaves, Sichuan peppercorns in a pot.
  2. Pour boiling water into the pot (which can fit a whole chicken) over the tea leaves and spices.
  3. Massage the tender chicken with more than the usual amount of salt.
  4. Wait until the water cools down, place ginger slices, dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, a little sugar, and some rice wine in the pot. Apart from the tea leaves, rice wine is also a secret ingredient in this marinade!
  5. Soak the chicken in the marinade and put the pot in the fridge overnight.
  6. Get the chicken out of the pot. Discard the marinade.
  7. Spread sliced turnip at the bottom of the pot. It will prevent the chicken from getting burnt. Also it tastes great with the chicken!
  8. Place the marinated chicken, a pinch of Longjing tea leaves, scallion, ginger slices and a few cloves of garlic on top of the turnip slices in the pot.
  9. Add boiled water into the pot till it fully immerses the chicken. Wait until the water is boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for two hours.
  10. Turn off the stove when time’s up. Heat some oil and pour over the chicken.
  11. Time to enjoy this appetizing dish!

Oolong tea variation

For a stronger tea taste you may also replace green tea with a dark oolong tea, such as da hong pao.

Pu Erh Tea Blends: 8 Ways to Spice up your Pu erh Tea

Pu Erh Tea Blends: 8 Ways to Spice up your Pu erh Tea

Although pu erh tea has a history of more than one thousand years, it is by no means too old to adapt. When you drink Pu erh, we can in fact add different ingredients to spice it up. Here is a list of 8 great pairings for you […]