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Longjing Green Tea

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Known for its exceptional health benefits, longjing green tea has become massively famous and has given a boom to the city of Hangzhou – the green tea capital of China.

Visiting a green tea plantation, guides took you through the harvesting processing and how tea leaves are prepared for sale. Going through a tea service, a small amount of hot water is added to the leaves in each glass and the guide asks to take a whiff, which gives off an odor very similar to spinach. As more water is added, you’re asked to place your eye near the glass and to cup your hand around, to keep in the steam, which offers a refreshing sensation to your eyes.

The guide goes through an experiment to illustrate the differences between water and green tea when it comes to cleansing. Placing iodine on rice, soaking it in water showed, virtually, no difference with the iodine-coated granules; whereas the green tea left the rice bright white.

Longjing green tea is offered in both a traditional tea form or in tablets.

Longjing Green Tea

Written by Paulo Loreto

April 25, 2015 at 5:45 AM

Wontons

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Wandering around Raffles City Shanghai, the pangs of hunger started and seeking food with a multi-lingual menu and/or with illustration began. Not one to frequent fast food establishments on vacation, tried to steer clear for the time being. Walked down a small street and found the place.

Opening the menu pointed to a page featuring a large bowl of dumplings in soup. It looked like just the thing for lunch and it was less than US$5.

The order arrives and it is beyond expectation. Having lived in the US for years, ordering a family sized wonton soup, this was exceptional – especially the price. There had to be, at least, 15 meaty wontons floating around a huge bowl of delicious, hot broth. Everything about it was delicious and satisfying; with the taste amplified because of the amazing deal.

Wontons

Written by Paulo Loreto

April 17, 2015 at 5:12 AM

Hairy Crab Dumplings

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A visit to the Din Tai Fung location at Grand Gateway 66 in Shanghai, browsing the menu, eyes honed in right on the Pork an Hairy Crab dumplings. Primarily, the name hairy crab conjures an array of puns, but it was absolutely something that had to be tried.

After selecting an array of dumplings, when the bamboo steamers arrived, the waitress pointed out which ones were which, but the hairy crab dumplings came with a specific marker; an orange-colored crab shaped item sitting between dumplings.

It turned out to just be flour.

The dumpling, itself, explodes with crab flavor. Definitely something worth ordering again, in a larger size.

Din Tai Fung is a Taiwan-based dumpling shop, with numerous locations in the region, including several in Shanghai, alone.

Din Tai Fung is a Taiwan-based dumpling shop, with numerous locations in the region, including several in Shanghai, alone.

Written by Paulo Loreto

April 1, 2015 at 7:48 AM