Something’s Brewing: Hong Kong’s Green Tea Put to the Test
Naturally, as a Brit, I have a tendency to drink a lot of tea. I’ve always been a little skeptical about the oft-sung wonders of green tea, however, doubtful that this seemingly “hippie” hot beverage could bring my body anything more than my beloved English Breakfast has to offer.
So I set myself a task: two weeks, green tea, no coffee, no builders’ tea. I committed to four cups a day.
Needless to say, I was hooked! So much so, that by the end of the first week I added green tea infused water to my two-litre bottle and started to drink both iced and hot tea throughout the day.
In the second week I gained my confidence and started trying a broader range of teas, and found the health benefits varying between them. For example, ginger tea improves circulation and aids digestion, peppermint tea soothes the stomach, and chamomile tea has a natural calming effect on the drinker. These teas are also known to lower the risk of both cardiovascular problems and Alzheimer’s, and are touted as weight loss aids. Plus, they’re delicious, to boot!
I also found the health kick inspired by my new found love for these teas started to spread into my consumer life in general, with a lot more fruits and veggies being added to my diet, and my daily desire for Snickers being eradicated almost completely. Whether or not I can attribute that solely to the tea, however, is up for debate.
On this occasion I ordered the Taiwan Golden Oolong tea and some Green Squash Dumplings, a perfect combination, as it turns out. The tea was light, refreshing and well worth the relatively hefty price tag of HKD60, having been brewed professionally in front of me and coming with as many refills as I could handle.
Lock Cha Tea House in Hong Kong Park
The dumplings were also quite possibly the best I have had so far in Hong Kong, with the fresh squash providing a warm and sweet bite of comfort inside the lightly fried, thick doughy pastry. Perfect for the colder weather!
For those who lack the time or desire to go to a tea house, it’s quite possible to sample as many as 100 teas at home given that the local supermarkets stock masses of flavour and variety.
A good green tea from Wellcome can come as cheap as HKD12. Practically nothing! Although, some advice given to me by my tea waitress: the more expensive the leaves, the better the health benefits.
But maybe she’s not a true tea enthusiast like me and just works on commission.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: http://hongkong.coconuts.co/2014/12/12/somethings-brewing-hong-kongs-green-tea-put-test