On completing the first pour, our tea sommelier presents the emptied small glass vessel for aroma appreciation. O gosh! I can get drunk on the fragrance alone. Notes of mountain orchids, complex earthy elements, and hints of wild rock drift through the nose. Long, smooth, and mellow. Lingering, sweet aftertaste…
Curly leaves roll in the bubbly reservoir. Calmly drips, a mesmerizer. The tempting liquid presents a light gold. Soothing and revitalizing.
Hand-picked, semi-oxidized, and lightly roasted, this enchanting oolong embodies a slightly complex yet elegant floral aroma profile. Benefits? Polyphenols lower cholesterols and L-theanine supports the cognitive.
Our tea sommelier prepares it with freshly shredded ginger root and Golden Osmanthus from Southwestern China — the best October harvest famous for fragrant blossoms freeze-dried for months to come. These herbs add layers to scent, flavor, and goodness. Ginger: Gut health. Osmanthus: Detoxifies, nourishes lungs.
Water selection is ultra important. Pristine.
Drip brew with ginger
Use resulting liquid to drip brew tea leaves
Filter hot tea through Osmanthus
And you have a delicate, intricately balanced tea.
Surprise! We now have a wellness garden of southern Chinese herbs. I thought it was exclusively for the university’s Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) department. No. It’s for public enjoyment.
Spices and ornamental plants turn into remedies, like star anise for tonifying yang and homalomena rhizome for strengthening tendons. Traditional Chinese wellness practices focus on improving our body constitution — it’s an art. Science has to catch up to the ancient wisdom. Herbalists tracked through mountains over millenniums in search of food and cures. This airy trail evokes the care. (Unaffiliated with links above)
Garden small. Nature tall.
Macau is only 33.8 sq km. What a gem adding to the rich cultural heritage of the gastronomic city. Her character and looks? My glimpse of Macau:
Food was scarce after the long war (1975). But Bui hardly knew the scraping since his mom always made food “glamorous”. Firm young jackfruit for soups, ripe ones for desserts. Yummm. She always prepared them with love and a story for the kids.
His carpenter dad made beautiful furniture from jack timber… Jackwood is termite-proof, better than some pretentious, expensive wood. Young jackwood is malleable …always giving.
Jackfruit, the largest tree fruit in the world, needs only minimal maintenance for its trees. The (Vietnamese) emperor Minh Mang had ordered every town and household in 1831 to plant jackfruit trees every 5 meters, for benefits in years to come.
Continue reading — My story on Bui Cong Khanh’s epic artwork Dislocate: