My very first Chinese Tea Ceremony
I recently got invited to a tea ceremony at Vivian’s home. Vivian is a Beijing-trained tea master based in Singapore who has recently launched her brand of organic Chinese tea.
My Chinese tea experience to date was drinking tea when I was younger with my father whenever we have Bah Kut Teh Sunday breakfasts. Bah Kut Teh is a peppery pork rib soup Teochew style popular in Singapore. My dad and I usually had the soup with Oolong tea brewed in the “gongfu” style – strong tannic tea somewhat similar to Italian espresso. I was both curious and excited as to how different the tea from the tea ceremony would be from that in our usual Sunday breakfasts.
It was 10h30am when we got to Vivian’s home. As I have arrived sweating, I was not really in the mood to try any hot tea. I was so glad that Vivian had put the air-con to a pleasant 23 degrees. Vivian unexpectedly served a cold-brewed Bright Red Robe tea, just the perfect drink to cool down!
Big Red Robe Cold Brew