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Why Yixing Teapots May Crack in Winter: Here’s How To Avoid It

Why Yixing Teapots May Crack in Winter: Here’s How To Avoid It

As the weather gets colder during the Winter season, your clay teapot faces the risks of cracking. This may even happen to people who’re very careful with their precious teapots. If this happens to you, your first thought would be that something was wrong with […]

Tie Guan Yin Production: How Is Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea Made?

Tie Guan Yin Production: How Is Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea Made?

Tie Guan Yin (铁观音, literally translated as “Iron Goddess”) is an excellent variety of oolong tea. With a fermentation degree between 50-70%, it combines the fresh scent of green tea and the mellowness of black tea.   Tie Guan Yin can be divided into Spring, Summer, […]

Tea Market Flooded by Typhoon Mangkhut: Guangzhou Fangcun

Tea Market Flooded by Typhoon Mangkhut: Guangzhou Fangcun

On the 18th of September, Guangzhou’s Fangcun tea market, was completely ruined by typhoon Mangkhut. This is really big deal for tea shop owners who’ve a huge part of their wealth in pu erh tea.

On September 16th, between 19:00 and 20:00, the water level in the Guangyuan Tea Distribution Center and the Guqiao Tea Street continued to rise, with the highest water level between 0.8 and 1 meter.

This event follows the pu erh tea crash from just over a decade ago.

Video of Fangcun Tea Market Before and After Mangkhut Typhoon

Watch the video below:

A reporter of Mei Jing Wang news site reports:

“If you close your eyes, you will be able to smell the rich tea in the Fangcun tea market in Guangzhou; if you open your eyes, you will see many tea house owners dumping the tea soaked in water.”

The areas that suffered the most where the ‘ancient bridge tea street’ and the ‘guangwu tea distribution centre’. According to mr. Dong from Guangzhou Guqiao Maoyuan Property Management Co., Ltd. such an event is a once in a hundred year disaster.

A reporter from Jiang Wen Hua (from Jin Yang Wang Xun) states:

“The front door is full of water-immersed tea and cartons, about half a person high. The stagnant water is browned by the tea leaves, and the air smells of tea and carton.”

Pictures of Fangcun Tea Market Before and After Mangkhut Typoon

See below a collection of pictures from different Chinese social media.

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Two days after the typhoon, there were still many tea shops dumping the flooded tea leaves.

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Estimated Damage

“We lost more than 1 million yuan.” In an alley in the Fangcun tea market, a tea house owner said that the tea can only be thrown away after being soaked in water. Many tea shop owners told reporters that the economic losses will be several million yuan.

There’s currently no official estimate of the total damage, but Dong Xinwei, manager of Guangzhou Guqiao Maoyuan Property Management Co., Ltd., said the economic losses suffered by the tea market are at least 150 million USD, but far less than the billions mentioned in other sources online.

The reason for such a large figure is because this tea market is one of China’s oldest. Many sellers hold teas from even the 60s and 70s which are worth several thousand dollars per cake.

Unlike in the West, Chinese store owners generally do not buy insurance against such risk.

We wish all the tea shop owners all the luck they need to get through these difficult times.

Who’s to Blame?

The cause of flooding has not been concluded. While it’s obvious that the flooding is the result of overflowed rivers, the question remains why tea shop owners haven’t been warned.

The overflown river adjacent to the ancient bridge tea street was named ‘Kwai Phong Chung’, the starting point of the Huadi River and the terminal railway bridge, with a total length of 870 meters.

However, local officials, the tea market management office and local river management has yet to clarify the reason.

Dong Xinwei, a tea shop owner, said “We’re all that waiting for the relevant departments to give conclusions. What we can do now is to clean up the tea waste in the streets, free up space, and resume business as soon as possible, because there’s nothing that can help us, but just ourselves.

The ‘Gong Dao Bei’ (Fairness Pitcher) Was Originally Made for Liquor

The ‘Gong Dao Bei’ (Fairness Pitcher) Was Originally Made for Liquor

When we prepare tea the ceremonial way, a tea pitcher is a must. This pitcher is also known as ‘Gong Dao Bei’ (fairness cup). In modern times, this tool makes sure the tea flavor is distributed evenly among each served cup. What even long-time tea […]

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 tea
  • 1 grapefruit (250 g)
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of honey

Instructions:

  1. Boil 600 ml hot water and let it cool down for 2 minutes. Steep the green tea with hot water for 15 minutes, discard the leaves and let the tea to cool down.
  2. Wash and cut 2/3 of the grapefruit. Then remove the peel and keep the flesh.
  3. Put the green tea, the grapefruit flesh, white sugar and honey into the blender. Blend for 2 minutes.
  4. Put the mixed grapefruit tea into the ice tray and freeze for more than 4 hours.
  5. Cut 3 thin slices off the the remaining 1/3 of the grapefruit, and peel the rest of it for the flesh.
  6. Crush the frozen grapefruit tea ice cubes with a suitable blender. Put the grapefruit slices in a glass, pour the crushed ice into the the glass until it’s half full. Add in the remaining flesh in the glass, then fill the rest of the glass with the crushed ice.
  7. Enjoy this zingy and fresh drink, and don’t get a brain freeze!
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 […]

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. One is to fry them directly, the other is to coat them in flour/cornstarch, or dip them in the batter and then fry, just like the way to make tempura.

The Taste of Fried Tea Leaves

How about the taste of fried tea leaves? It is simply amazing! Depends on the way and the degree of frying, the taste can be different, but a magnified tea fragrance and crunchiness guaranteed. The enjoyment doesn’t end after you finish eating – there’s an interesting aftertaste – similar as what you get when you are drinking tea. Unlike other fried food, the astringency in tea leaves “neutralizes” the greasiness which gives your palette a sense of balance.

The fried tea leaves can not only be eaten as a snack, but also can be added to some dishes to “elevate” their flavor, for example scrambled eggs, braised ribs, shrimps, etc.

Fried Tea Leaves Recipes

Are you already thinking about trying it out now? Let’s take a look at a couple of fried tea leaves recipes!

Fried Tea Leaves With Shrimps

Fried Tea Leaves With Shrimps
Fried Tea Leaves With Shrimps

Ingredients:

  • 8g of dry Tianguanyin tea leaves
  • 300gof fresh shrimps
  • 80mlolive oil
  • 1 small piece of ginger, thinly sliced
  • 3 garliccloves, finely chopped
  • Soy sauce
  • Salt

Instructions:

  1. Brew all the tea leaves with boiling water for 5 minutes.
  2. Take out the tea leaves, place them on a paper towel to dry. Cut into small pieces.
  3. Heat the oil in thefrying pan with medium heat, gently place the tea leaves in the oil right after the heat is on.
  4. Fry the tea leaves until they start sizzling, remove them with a frying sieve and place on a paper towel-linedplate to absorb excess oil.
  5. Leave the oil in the pan, turn the heat from medium to high, then put in the shrimps. Make sure to dry excess water off the shrimpsbefore frying.
  6. Fry the shrimps until the shells are crispy and slightly apart from the meat.
  7. Place the shrimps on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil.
  8. Leave around 10 ml oil in the panwith medium heat, sauté the ginger and the garlic until fragrant.
  9. Put fried shrimps and tea leaves in the pan and quickly stir with the ginger and garlic, add soy sauce and salt to taste.
  10. Place the dish one a plate. For a more enticing flavour, try sprinkle some roasted white sesame seeds on top!

Fried Tea Leaves With Egg White And Cornstarch

Fried Tea Leaves With Egg White And Cornstarch
Fried Tea Leaves With Egg White And Cornstarch

Ingredients:

  • 15g of dry Huangshan Maofeng tea leaves
  • 1 egg white
  • 50g of cornstarch
  • 45 ml olive oil
  • Sugar/soy sauce/chilli sauce

Instructions:

  1. Brew all the tea leaves with hot water for 5 minutes.
  2. Take out the tea leaves, place them on a paper towel to dry.
  3. Place the wettish tea leaves in a bowl, put in the egg white. Mix well.
  4. Put in the cornstarch and mix well. Make sure all tea leaves are coated in cornstarch.
  5. Shake the excess cornstarch offthe tea leaves with hands.
  6. Put the oilin the pan on medium heat.
  7. Place the tea leaves in the pan to fry, turn the heat up slightly.
  8. When the tea leaves turn light golden, remove them with a frying sieve and place on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil.
  9. According to your own taste, choose sugar/soy sauce/chili sauce as the dipping sauce. Now it’s time to enjoy this crispy and fragrant snack!
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 […]