Speaking of Vietnam tea art often prompts people to enjoy tea of Hanoi. Elegance, elegant, sophisticated in the cuisine of Hanoi improve the aesthetics of the tea cup on a very high level.In particular, lotus tea is a tea that you just warmly to his guests or as gifts.
Although, lotus flowers can be found almost anywhere in Vietnam, lotus from Hanoi’s West Lake has long been regarded as the best for scenting tea.
The smell of the West Lake lotus tea is special, complex, and fresh. The tea helps people relax. So, every summer season (around June and July), lotus ponds next to West Lake are a meeting place for a lot of Hanoians who want to relax and cool off.
Lotus ponds are assigned to households to grow lotus and do business. Hence, in afternoons, when the weather is not so hot or on weekend mornings without the sunshine, people gather here to enjoy the cool air.
You can take photos, hire a small boat to see lotus blossoms, enjoy a cup of lotus tea or simply enjoy lotus fragrance at West Lake in Hanoi.
While sipping tea, you also have a chance to see people here separate the pistils to marinate tea in the traditional way.
Recipe to make lotus tea
Hanoi lotus tea with the characterized fragrant lotus so the marinated lotus tea is selected to the West Lake lotus. Each tea weight must be used from 1000 – 1400 to marinated lotus, customized to the small and must be picked before dawn. The lotus flower still keep mist on it is extracted and then take the “rice grains of lotus – called Lotus Rice ” , one tea layer on a lotus rice layer.
Lotus Rice is the lotus scent bag, grab the lotus rice seemed to make simple but not crushed lotus rice, no drying, retains the pure lotus flavor is an art. Finally the tea is covered by paper. Marinate 5-7 times so repeatedly, each time re-marinated and then dried again. It is so hard elaborately only for ten of lotus tea teapot.
The tea leaves ater pick is dried to remove the acrid , then use banana leaves and incubated in soil jars from 3 to 5 years.
And Hanoians use morning dew or rain water to brew the tea because mineral water can ruin the lotus or jasmine fragrance. Some people use boiling water to clean the pot and cup before drinking. Take the right amount of tea, about 4-8gr/100ml, pour hot water and soak the tea about 4-5 minutes before enjoying. So, it can be said make delicious lotus tea is very sophisticated and elaborate.
Remember: If you have the opportunity to visit Hanoi, Vietnam, do not forget to try this delicious tea !!!