Hue’s lotus tea is hailed as “Tea for the King” (Photo: VNEXPRESS)
With the history of planting tea for over 2000 years, tea is still plays key role in spiritual life of Vietnamese. It is a refreshing beverage believed not only to calm and centre the mind, but to help ward off a number of common illnesses.
In Vietnamese tea culture, Hue’s lotus tea is hailed as “Tea for the King” base on the exquisite fragrance and delicate taste.
Hue’s Lotus Tea: A Fine Art In The Making Itself
Lotus is the symbol is the symbol of purity and integrity (Photo: VNEXPRESS)
Lotus is a part of daily life in Hue. You can see lotus everywhere, from landscapes to architecture, culture, and cuisine.
Besides the gorgeous beauty, lotus also makes lotus tea – one of the most elegant specialties in Vietnam. Hue’s Lotus Tea is not only famous for delicate taste but also is a fine art in the making itself.
Lotus tea is made from the nearly blossomed lotuses because they retain all the essence in the bud. They usually use the highest quality green tea to put inside lotus bud. After that, the bud is wrapped in the middle of the lotus leaves. Finally, they leave it overnight so that the tea could absorb the essence of the bud. You can enjoy it on following morning. However, the lotus tea should be kept in the fridge for at least two months for more flavorful and fragrant taste.
People put green tea inside lotus buds (Photo: VNEXPRESS)
And and leave it overnight (Photo: VNEXPRESS)
Besides, lotus tea can also be embalmed the “rice” way with the small white seeds from the lotus bud. The white seeds are taken quickly out of the bud to retain its color, fragrance. Those white seeds will later get embalmed with green tea, wrapped inside lotus leaves for one or two days. The tea is then dried over charcoal or in a bain-marie to keep the scent of the lotus.
The white “rice” will mix with green tea (Photo: VNEXPRESS)
Hue’s Lotus Tea: Delicate From Tea, Pure From Lotus
When you taste this noble tea, a rich floral of the lotus blends with the pleasant scent of tea that might wake up the quiet room in one summer morning. A cup of high-grade green tea combined with lotus’s luscious fragrance gives us a crisp, sweet, vanilla hinted flavour with scent of Lotus flower lingering in the mouth.
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