Want something taste-tea?
Looking for your next caffeine fix? Switch up your routine with these Asian options.
Liang teh, meaning “cooling tea” in Mandarin, is a range of herbal tea, sometimes referred to as oriental herbal tea, and can be found at herbal stores and medical halls specialising in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Flavours include water chestnut, whet grass and an assortment of herbs — each to serve different nutritional purposes.
Made with dried chrysanthemum flowers, water and a little sugar, this flower-based drink is known for its health benefits and is a coolant to bring down body heat.
Believed to increase energy levels and strengthen the immunity system, ginseng is widely used in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
This herbal drink is made by simply boiling ginseng root in hot water and adding a bit of honey for taste.
Oolong has a dark color and rich aroma because it is fully oxidised at varying levels during processing.
Although it may seem like just another powdered green tea, matcha (also spelled as “maccha”) is actually a purer form of green tea leaves and is known to have antioxidant elements. During green tea processing, the tea leaves barely oxidised at all and matcha, in particular, is grown in the shade.
There are even restaurants in Singapore with entire menus centered around Matcha, such as Tsujiri Tea House!
This subset of Japanese green tea is special because it is roasted at a high temperature (possibly in porcelain pot over charcoal).
It has a very unique taste and it makes a great cheesecake and bubble tea flavour too!
This “brown rice tea” is a combination of green tea and roasted rice (not necessarily brown rice) resulting in a sweet flavour and nutty aroma.
This scented tea originated from China and is usually made with green tea.
You can find jasmine white tea, jasmine oolong and jasmine black tea but jasmine green tea is the most prominent, and it gives green tea a sweet flavouring.
A little bit similar to chai, teh halia (ginger tea in Malay) is brewed with ginger root and tastes slightly spicy yet sweet at the same time.
You can even get instant Teh Halia that comes in satchets in supermarkets, and variations of this drink in the form of Teh Susu Halia (Ginger tea with condensed milk), and Teh O Halia (without milk or sugar).
Great for rainy days!
By Muneerah Bee, July 2016 / Updated by Muneerah Bee, January 2020
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