I recently had the pleasure of attending a tea tasting party at my friend's house. To say that I'm not a tea person is a major understatement. I'm fairly ignorant when it comes to tea. The only time I drink tea is when we go out for dim sum or high tea. Nonetheless, it was quite an informative and relaxing afternoon.
There are many ways of brewing Chinese tea and it can be very quite comprehensive. I do not want to go into details, but basically it depends on the occasion and the type of tea being brewed. Before serving the tea, my friend (an avid Chinese tea connoisseur) warmed the cups and heated the pot. The big teapot (first photo) is an antique teapot from Japan. I love how she poured the tea evenly in a circular motion.
To accompany the tea, my friend served us bird's nest with coconut milk. DELICIOUS! I rarely have an opportunity to eat this type of delicacy (since I don't know how to make it) so I make sure I eat every bite nice and slow. For those who are not familiar with bird's nest, it is made out of species of cave swifts and are best known for building the saliva nests used to make the unique gelatinous texture for soups or desserts. My only contribution was cakes from Thomas Haas. Besides fashion, my other love is sweets. I love everything about Thomas Haas and he never disappoints me.
I'm curious how many of my readers are tea or coffee enthusiasts?