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Initial post: 8 Dec 2013 13:28:55 GMT
Or at least been around Japanese people? My question is, how strong do they make their green tea? I know that the Barry's teabags of black tea that I buy are about 2-3 times the tea you get in the individual teabags they sell here in Spain.
I'm interested in making Ochazuke, which is rice seasoned with various things and then a cup of green tea poured over it. Japanese comfort food! But I can't find out how much tea to use per cup of water.

On the Chinese TV channel we have, I've seen "tea bars" where they basically just toss a pinch or two of green tea in a glass of hot water. But NHK doesn't discuss tea at all beyond the ceremonial kind. I'm wondering about the everyday cuppa.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2013 14:28:38 GMT
Have you googled it, Ori? There seems to be several websites with step-by-step guides and a few YouTube videos. I don't know how good any of them are.

Posted on 8 Dec 2013 16:38:52 GMT
pixie says:
I believe they drink it weak Ori..check out there is some info on there about how they drink and prepare it.x

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2013 18:39:02 GMT
Yeah, I did, but the websites I saw seem to think that 1gramme=one ounce, which it does not, so the rest of their info seems rather suspect....

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2013 18:42:37 GMT
Thanks, that's better than the info I had found by just Googling.

Posted on 9 Dec 2013 09:23:34 GMT
Bearman says:
I have had tea with a Japanese family and it was very very weak Lapsang Souchon (spelling?)

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2013 09:31:31 GMT
pixie says:
My elderly friend used to love smokey!

Posted on 9 Dec 2013 12:20:18 GMT
Well, for ochazuke, you certainly don't want tea that rings the bell, I shouldn't think. I'll try something rather weak. I saw nothing like the green tea a friend gave me (which was supposed to be very good and pricey)--it was in little curls! I looked online at all the different kinds and saw nothing resembling it.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2013 13:43:18 GMT
pixie says:
Was it this Ori...

100g Gunpowder (Zhu Cha) Premium Loose Leaf Green Tea - Chiswick Tea Co

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2013 14:39:21 GMT
Hmm, you might try Mariage Freres. They have an amazingly wide range of teas from al over the world in their shops.

The last several times we've been to Paris we've invested heavily at their tea-shop-in-front/tea-room-behind in the Marais. They have outlets in many places and sell on-line. BUT, they are not cheap, top quality means top prices. :^(

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2013 15:15:17 GMT
pixie says:
Do you enjoy that area of Paris R F? We stay on the left Bank but have visited the Marais and wonder what it's like to stay there?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2013 16:27:38 GMT
A friend of ours used to have a loft apartment (ie space for a shower/bog, cooker, fridge, big bed and a table) that we camped in when we visited, a fifth floor pied-a-terre, it's just off the Bvde Raspail and five-ten minutes walk to the Rodin museum.
We've also stayed in many other places, some good, some awful. But never in the Marais, and not been back for a couple of years now.
The French Open Tennis was a regular birthday treat for SWMBO at a time when tickets were easier to get than Wombledon and Paris was still an adventure.
Now it's only outings to Queens Club, easier, closer, much cheaper, less stress.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2013 16:42:46 GMT
No but I've had that before. Mine is a rather bright green, actually.

Posted on 9 Dec 2013 21:00:27 GMT

Further in this site they explain how much tea to use.

P.s. it's expensive but it is fantastically good tea.

Posted on 10 Dec 2013 13:41:33 GMT
I showed my tea to my botanist and he turned green with envy. Apparently it's what's known as a "blue" tea. He sermonised on how to make it properly: weak by Welsh standards, but also NOT to boil the water. Only make it as hot as say for yerba mate--about 70º or 80ºC. So I made a cup after lunch. At first, thinks I it's way too weak, tastes like nothing! But then after the first sip when my palate was cleansed, I began to taste it. Yum! A delicate flavour indeed, but quite interesting.
I realise that tea that is made too strong is not pleasant. Eduardo said if you boil the water for green tea, all you get is the astringent bitterness of (insert scientific names of enzymes etc here, he is after all a botanist!). I'd been making cheapo supermarket green tea in a bag, and using boiled water, and letting it stand for 5 min. Doing it with a gramme per cup, with water at the right temperature, and letting it stand 2-3 min, gave me a whole new perspective.

The supermarket green tea always made me retain water like mad. I remember one summer when I was drinking 2 c. a day of the strong cheap GT, and it seemed like the more I drank the thirstier I got. Another scientist friend (chemical engineer) suggested I stop the GT for a week and see what happened. I stopped being so thirsty, and lost 5 lbs of retention! But then as Eduardo says, I don't actually know what was IN those bags, do I? Locally the "white tea" they sell in Mercadona (local chain) 90% cheap green tea.
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