Still Trying to Figure Out Kung Fu Tea
No matter how many times I read up on it beforehand, I know that I keep messing up the procedure on this thing. This was of course Kung Fu Tea, a complex Teochew process of creating a proper brew. We're not talking about a simple Lipton tea bag here...this ritual involves all sorts of nuances like pouring hot water over the little cups, intentionally overflowing the miniature teapot to get rid of the bubbles, and even sniffing the leaves at the end for extra aroma. I kept fumbling along, unsure of how much of the loose leaf tea to use, not knowing how strong to make it nor when to drain it, and scalding my fingers on the hot cups in the process.
Well, even if I messed it up, these concentrated little doses did provide a welcome palate cleansing against a bowl of pork-based bak kut teh. I probably just need to watch a master do it in person rather than just reading about the procedure. Note to self: go easy on the tea next time. Clearing a few of these little kettles on my own this morning injected so much tea into my caffeine-sensitive system that my heart is ready to jump out of my ribcage right now (why won't my leg stop shaking??).