Invaded Chinatown yesterday to pick up teas. I went in for unflavoured tuocha and “honey” phoenix dan cong, came out with a bit more.
And also books. But I got those at Chapters downtown, after I’d left Chinatown. Photos under the cut.
Overall, a very enjoyable trip downtown. I stayed a while at the Chinese Tea Shop, and got to try a green style iron buddha, as well as a green puehr, both prepared gongfu style; it was very interesting to watch. And the tea was delicious. A touring German family came in about the same time as me and sipped tea as well. One of the daughters didn’t pick up her cup from the rim though, and accidentally burnt her fingers.
There was also a toddler running around with tea saucers, and would steal your saucer and replace it every time you picked up your tea to sip. It was pretty cute.
Also discussed yixing teapots, and asked what he’d recommend for a dan cong, since I love them enough to consider dedicating a pot to them.
Meanwhile, it’s rather tricky to add these teas to my Steepster cupboard, as there are half a dozen different “Chinese Tea Shop’s, and the tea from Jane’s Tea and Art doesn’t even have a name or label. Think I might take on the lofty task of separating and organizing all these “Chinese Tea Shop” teas. “Chinese Tea Shop (Vancouver Chinatown)” and different names, or something.