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Shopping for Oolong tea: Where to buy Oolong tea in Taiwan?

old tea store cardTaiwan is famous for its Oolong tea. Oolong is on many visitors' must buy or gift list when they come to Taiwan. In this country, tea is an essential part of everyday local culture. You will see people selling tea almost everywhere: city streets, night markets, morning markets, supermarkets, department stores, shopping malls, and tea farms.

Shopping for Oolong Tea: Is it worth paying for high priced tea?

Is it worth paying for high priced tea?

If you are very experienced in tasting tea, it is similar to being a wine expert. The region where the tea plants grow, the process of fermenting, roasting, and so on all have an influence on tea prices.

Making Chinese tea western style

It's possible to make Chinese Tea even if you don't have the traditional tea making equipment and tea pots. You just need good Chinese tea leaves, a source of boiling water, and any teapot and cups.

Enjoy your meal with Chinese Tea

Many of my guests' experience of drinking tea in some Chinese restaurants is that the tea tastes too bitter. They might even feel some stomach pain or feel dizzy after drinking it. It's because the tea leaves have been brewed in the tea pot too long, or they used too much tea. When you are served this over-brewed tea, it's better not to drink it. It's not healthy and it won't make your delicious dishes taste better. Tell them the tea is too old, and ask the waiter to bring another pot of freshly brewed tea.

Drinking tea like wine

Many of my guests have asked me, "what do Taiwanese people drink when they have dinner?". Because they notice Taiwanese people often don't drink wine or beer when they eat. I thought it's quite normal not to have alcohol when eating, like we sometimes do in Taiwan. Then I realized that although we don't drink wine, we do have tea while eating.

Gong fu tea: Taiwanese Tea Ceremony

Very often my guests from other countries like to ask me, "do you always drink tea like this", when I serve them tea with tiny tea pots, tiny tea cups and tea leaves. To them, it looks like very time consuming, and too much effort to go through just to have tea.

Yes, I always make tea with those tiny pots and cups, especially when I want to slow down and get my mind together.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Vegetarian restaurants

In Taipei's many vegetarian buffet restaurants, you'll find tables covered with delicious dishes. Many of them are almost perfect re-creations of non-vegetarian dishes, in both appearance and flavor – so don't worry about getting tasteless, warmed-up salads. The buffet style makes it easy if you don't speak Chinese.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Guanyinshan mountain hiking trails

View of Guanyin Mountain From Danshui RiverIf you like walking and you want to visit Danshui, this is a great day trip. You will see amazing views of the river, the ocean, the mountains, and the city, and you can enjoy shopping, sightseeing and a delicious meal at one of the many great restaurants in Danshui before taking the Metro home.

311大地震: 我們日本人非常感謝你們的愛心

Jodie 小姐

在日本大家都知道台湾的捐款活動。
那麼多的捐款讓我們非常感動。
我們日本人非常感謝你們的愛心。


Yoko

 

 

以上是來自日本東京的email,向全台灣朋友的仗義相助道謝。

 

Yoko小姐很喜歡到台灣玩,愛上台灣的小籠包手工麵條,2011年初還特地來上了台灣料理的課程。

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: 228 Peace Park and Museum

Following the change of governing party, the 228 Museum was closed down and then completely rennovated and redesigned after this article was written, so the exhibits described here are no longer available, and the description of it here is no longer accurate (2012).

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