I think I just reached a whole new level of being such a tita after a legit tea ceremony in Taiwan. Wait. What do you mean? A tea ceremony? Uhuh. Well, who needs Fab Five’s Karamo if you have @danesomething with you? Hahaha. Been watching Queer Eye on Netflix and I just can’t get over every single episode. When @danesomething told us that we’ll be having some tea ceremony, I had no idea what it’s like. It sounds interesting anyway, so why not?
We had a pretty nice weather that day because finally the sun showed up. So after having our Christmas lunch in Addiction Aquatic Development at Taipei Fish Market, we headed straight to Wisteria Tea House in Da’an District. I did my research and found out that it’s actually a historical establishment built way back in the 1920s. It does look like an old place — a Japanese-style wooden house — but I think that’s what made it more interesting.
If you plan to go here, better call them first for reservation. We were lucky that there was a vacant table in their tatami room. In case you’re not comfortable sitting on the floor, they have tables with normal chairs so you can choose that instead. :)
I think we ordered 3 types of tea (can’t remember anymore haha) and some snacks. A tea ceremony is a ritualized form of making tea practiced in Asian culture. To make it more simple, tea ceremonies are a formalized way of making tea, in a process which has been refined to yield the best taste. The lady staff did a demo for us and at first I thought I wouldn’t be able to remember how to do it on our own because it looks complicated! Hahaha. But we survived, with a few mistakes.
Here’s a quick summary of how it’s done (if I remember it right HAHA):
- Boil water
- Put the tea leaves in the tea pot
- Pour the hot water in the tea pot; after a few minutes, pour it in the tall cup (do not drink it, you have to throw that first pour away)
- After few minutes, you may now pour some tea in the tall cup again
- Pour what you have in the tall cup to the smelling cups (yes, each tea cup has its own smelling cup)
- Distribute the smelling cups (with the tea in it)
- You literally have to smell the tea from the smelling cup before pouring it in your tea cup
- You may now drink your tea from your tea cup
HAHAHA. Gets nyo ba?? I forgot the particulars, like how many minutes per waiting time it should be, but basically that’s how it’s done. I didn’t know that there’s so much beauty and art in drinking tea. That’s why we even tried to look for a tea set we can bring home, but it was so expensive so nevermind. Hahaha!
I mentioned earlier that we spent Christmas in Taiwan. On Christmas Eve, we went to the New Taipei City Plaza to see the Instagram-famous christmas lights. Haha. We didn’t know (although we should have known) that there will be a lot of people because apparently, they have this celebration in the plaza. We joined the crowd for a bit just to take some photos.
Ending this post with those photos!
Other Taiwan Posts:
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- Random Thoughts on Top of What Used to be the Tallest Building in the World: Taipei 101
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- [Photos] Jiufen – Pingxi Tour
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