I’ve spoken of Bada Forest in Pingtung, Taiwan before in a previous post. Well, I got to visit it again a second time. This time we had the chance to enjoy some tea in a forest of Mahogany trees.
I don’t mean we sat there and dipped some tea bags in a mug and called it ‘tea time’. I mean we did the whole Tao of Tea (茶道). The word Tao (sometimes spelled Dao) means “the way” or “the philosophical concept”. I couldn’t recall all the different steps, but it was something similar to the Gongfu Tea Ceremony. If you’re too lazy to click on that link, there’s basically complex procedures for:
- Preparation of the Tea
- Brewing the Tea
- Aroma Appreciation (smelled very good!)
- Appreciation of the Tea Leaves at the end
- Clean up!
Now for one of my favorite parts: Snacks!!
The snacks available from the vendor in the forest:
- Dried Shitake Mushrooms
- Dried (another type of) Mushrooms
- Dried Roselle Flowers (google image them! they’re pretty!)
- Dried Okras
- More dried snacks!
- Snapshots from Singapore: Afternoon Tea at Tea Chapter (drinks.seriouseats.com)
- Spicy tea eggs (茶叶蛋) (logatfer.wordpress.com)
- Taiwan tea a matter of passion and profit (dawn.com)