Thursday, July 24, 2008

My cup(s) of tea...

Cup+of+teaI've became a tea drinker since I set foot in London. Well, I was one before then but tea drinking is so entrenched in the British society that I've even acquired the British accent when it comes to ordering tea. I've became a social beer drinker as well but that's another story altogether.

Anyway, we noticed two main differences between tea drinking in Singapore and London. While Singaporean tea drinkers literally survive on Lipton, the preferred brand in the UK is Twinings and Lipton is almost despised and deemed worthy for only export purposes.

Also, Britons have the habit of removing their tea bags and discarding them a few moments after hot water is added into the cup. In other words, each teabag is good for only a cup of tea.

Well, we tend to leave the tea bag in the cup... just add more hot water and viola! You'll get another cup of tea. We're not too particular about the dilution... or am I just being cheapskate?

What about you? Do you discard your teabag just after a cup of tea?

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30 comments:

SheR. said...

Oh my dear of course it's only Twinings! My favourite is English Breakfast!!
Can I have a cup o' tea please?

LadyBanana said...

I use one bag per cup.. Not sure I'd like it topped up as it needs to be nice and strong.

As for brand I buy whatever is on offer or Sainsburys own!

Eaststopper said...

I am used to leaving my tea bag in the cup and I still enjoy my occasional wu-long or tie-guan-ying brought back from home.
Just across the Channel, the French have their own unique custom of having their café espresso. Voulez un café?

C K said...

@sher.,
Hey, that's our favorite (English Breakfast) as well!

I can totally imagine you saying that! lol

C K said...

@ladybanana,
Ok, you've just confirmed that I'm cheapskate. :P

We've got Sainbury's inhouse brand... the huge box that comes with 160 bags. We still couldn't finish it even after half a year!

Luckily we didn't go for the 2 for 1 offer...

ArticleSpecialist said...

I discard the tea bag immediately after making a cup of tea. The reason is that I heard the tea bag paper contains Chlorine (a substance that makes it white), which will dilute in your tea when you leave it more than 5 minutes. It's not good for your health.

waitingkitty said...

I love Earl Grey but never tea-bags...I like my tea made with tea-leaves in a pot and then I will pour the tea through a gauze into my tea cup. Just like the way they serve at Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong or the Raffles Hotel Singapore. I think teabags are only good for eyebags...

Fëanor said...

I soothe my black eye after the latest punch-up with my 3-year old by putting the tea bag over my eye. :-) So, no, I don't reuse the bag, heheh.

Tea bars are quite the rage in London (and elsewhere).

My Bug Life said...

I am a tea drinker and I normally do the British way (1 teabag only good for 1 cup).

I guess for drinking Chinese tea or green tea for that matter...we just leave the bag in and add more hot water.

Great post!

lina said...

If Lipton or Boh tea, I discard after one use.
For green tea/chinese tea, the teabag stays in my cup the whole day long. :-)

eastcoastlife said...

I love my teh si! But when in coffee house, I order Earl Grey.. I like the taste.

Nomadic Matt said...

Since I've been in England, I've had more tea then I've ever consumed before. I usually use the tea bag for a couple of times too. It's good a few times around! I'm right with you.

C K said...

@articlespecialist,
It didn't occur to me that there's chlorine used to make teabags, which makes sense actually. Have been discarding my teabags ever since...

C K said...

@waitingkitty,
Those that comes with teabag is indeed inferior to those loose leaves varieties.

You really know your tea don't you? :)

C K said...

@Fëanor,
So what waitingkitty said about eyebags holds true. I didn't realised that it can be used to sooth swolleness as well.

Oh no... I seem to be the only one who reuse my teabags!

C K said...

@my bug life,
But why differentiate between Chinese tea and the traditional tea bags?

C K said...

@lina,
You're not the only one apparently. Just read the other comments. I wonder whether there's a reason behind that.

C K said...

@ecl,
Eh? Another Earl Grey fan! Hmm... I don't know, somehow the flavour doesn't exactly work for me.

C K said...

@normadic matt,
YEAH!! It seems that we're the only one. But take note of ArticleSpecialists' advice... the chorine used in tea bags may be dangerous...

Dutchie said...

ck, making optimum use of resources is a good thing lah ! I find it a terrible waste to dispose of tea bags after such a short encounter with hot water in a cup ! In Sg we use only tea leaves. Here I just cut open the bag, deposit the contents in a small container n use it like I would with chinese tea leaves. On average, I get abt 5 cups of tea from 1 bag :)

Hv u tried drinking ur tea with cream or lemon like the Brits ? Am curious what kind of melk they use ?

We only hv various house-brands n Pickwick - 20 x 4 grams in each box. I use alot of green tea (sans sucre), just wished I could get my hands on 160 bags in a box like u do ! That would lower my food bills somewhat ! I really missed good quality chinese tea here.

Has anyone tried all kinds of fruit or herb scented teas ? I got some mint n apple tea from my hubby's visit to Istanbul n they r really nice.

Better Interpersonal Communication said...

Haha, when i read this post, you took the words out of my mouth. I always get multiple cups of tea from one tea bag...

Highly amusing.

C K said...

@dutchie,
I've never tried adding cream or lemon to my tea. The former sounds sinful and the latter seems like lemon tea to me. I think there's a general preference to use full cream milk for the tea here as it taste so much better. But then again, I've got to watch my weight. Oh well...

But I like your idea of cutting the tea bags open. Why didn't I think of that? I mean, that sounds like a simple enough solution. Thanks!!

I've not really tasted many varieties of herbal tea but I like camomile... it tastes rather refreshing. But I would kill to taste durian flavored tea. Hey, durians are also considered as 'fruits', isn't it? :)

C K said...

@wenbin,
Hey, since when you changed your blogger name to "Better Interpersonal Communication"?

I think the both of us can just stay in a coffeeshop the entire day the way we're going. lol

Dutchie said...

Durian tea ! Now, why didnt I think of that ? If it can be packaged, I'll buy it for sure - man, what an experience that would be huh !

Pickwick boasts of 30 odd flavours here. Honey dew, cherries, mango, blue berries are good. The rest doesnt work so well, flavour-wise. Some are just awful - mint orange, cinnamon-apple, to give u an idea.

Just an after thought - would socialising in a tea house - like the men in Turkey (erhm .. not the bird hor !)n other Arab States decreases the drunkenness in European Pubs ? It's a problem here, so much so that a midnite curfew is in place to keep all drinking guests within the premises to curb nuisance on the sreets !

Come to think of it, the older generation in Sg - playing chess n having a cuppa in the kpoi-tiam were kinda serene, wasnt it ?

C K said...

@dutchie,
I'm just curious, those tubes that Turkish men smoke from... are those intoxicating? It does seem so to me. Although it's not as strong as opium, but those devices do seem to calm the men down by quite a bit.

Dutchie said...

ck, the water pipes r calld hookah in Europe. In the Persian Gulf, it's called the Shisha.

I hv a dutch acquaintance (one doesnt presumed to call another a friend that easily here .. sigh ..)who was transferred from Sg to Dubai - he n his latina gf both had the experience of smoking a hookah (with fruity tobacco) n got high from it ! Since then, cocktail drinks r synonymous to a shisha to those two ! They would ask each other for a shisha whenever they want a drink ;->

Then again, with some folks, it has no effects whatsoever, I'm told !

U can google on hookah if u want to know more abt it ;-)

london soon said...

Once you become a serious tea drinker, you tend not to have the second brew. I used to think the English people such a waste having the tea bag for only a few seconds, now not any more. I've around 10 types of tea selection at home, to be consumed at different mood times. i used to have a whole box finished before buying another one. Cheers.

C K said...

@london soon,
Old habits die hard I would say. I am used to leaving my tea bags in the cup AND then add water to top it up after I'm done. lol

Gypsy said...

I use two tea bag for one cup, it has stronger taste. I discard the tea bag immediately, I feel good to dink a cup of tea without tea bag in the cup. By the way, Singapore have many other brands are sold in NTUC. I like twinings too.

C K said...

@gypsy,
So what's your favorite brand at NTUC then? When I left, there was no 'NTUC' brand of tea yet, is there one now?

I guess my habit of leaving the tea bags in the tea stems from the 'tiao yu' I used to get from local kopitiam. lol