Tuesday, 20 April 2010


Hi! everyone,

Franchising concept is becoming popular amongst the Chinese teashops worldwide. They not only sell a variety of tea-leaf products, but also provide places for customers to experience fine tea brewing and the art of Chinese tea-drinking.

These shops are run not just by retirees in the Chinese community but many younger persons and students have participated in this popular Chinese cultural art form.

The Kung Fu tea ceremony literally means brewing tea with great skill. In brewing Kung Fu tea, a person needs to focus on symbolic hand gestures as practised in the Japanese tea ceremony. Some of these teashops are not only cultural brands, but also cultural business as well. They are more inclined to an enterprise which integrates body, mind and soul.

No surprise that there is a Chinese saying that tea is one of the seven basic daily necessities of life – besides fuel, rice, salt, oil, soya sauce and vinegar.

But in the early eighties, Chinese tea-drinking seemed to only interest the elderly people in Malaysia. Many of these people have a strong desire to introduce the art to the younger generation as they feared that the art, which has been around for over 5,000 years, might face extinction.

Thanks to all these group of people for their wise move and action.

Instead of shrinking, these teashops in Malaysia eventually expanded to serve more variety of tea-flavoured dishes such as Oolong tea rice, Oolong tea-fried vegetables and Jasmine tea-steamed fish.As the time go by, more items were also added, such as tea mooncakes to widen its product range.

Today, you can even find tea bags or powder form. This is to cater for convenience of urban folks who have hectic lifestyles. We can also find tea cafe chains which runs like the Starbucks cafe concept in Malaysia.

Their wise move makes life more interesting with these additional activities. It turn out to be a real true blessings instead.

James Oh

Thursday, 15 April 2010


Hi! everyone,

In this article, I am very pleased to present you the latest product of teh tarik from Malaysia. This is none other than Power Root Teh Tarik Tongkat Ali (Ginseng). It is a well known herbal medicine "booster" for the system, to give extra energy especially for men. Tongkat Ali has a latin name Eurycoma longifolia, is a root that grows wild in the natural rain forest of Malaysia - Southeast Asia. A root that was highly cultivated thousand years ago. Tongkat ali similar to Tribulus, the extract works by effecting and lutenizing hormones in the major organs and body, in which signals testosterone and libido production.

Teh Tarik Tongkat Ali also come in Instant package, with various sizes. For instance 4 In 1 come with Nett weight 20g X 18 sticks. Some brands claimed that they consist of Quality Red Tea with imported skimmed milk and creamer from Europe country, with its ultimate objective to present a bright flavour with freshness and aroma. Ingredient Percentage % are as follows:-

Sucrose 46.8;  Non Dairy Creamer 31.5 ; Skimmed Milk Powder 2.0; Instant Tea Powder 7.0; Instant Tongkat Ali Extract 1.2;  Food Conditioner 1.5.

For those who have not try this product, I encourage you to do so. Please share with us your experience via comments. Thank you for your kind participation.

Thank you and please stay tuned for other interesting article.

James Oh

Friday, 9 April 2010


Hi! everyone,

In this article, I am going to detail the points you need to take so that you have good hot green tea daily.

1.  Green tea  "when properly packaged", has a shelf life of about 6 months. Once opened, it is advisable to consume it within 2-3 months. Here, properly packaged means that it is vacuum packed or nitrogen packaged. However, if your green tea was not packaged properly and exposed to air, its quality will be adversely affected.

2. The best green tea comes from the first harvest usually either in  late April or early May. However, you can get this throughout the year.

3. It depends very much on the variety, for instance normal Sencha, about one teaspoon to 8-10 ounces of water. Right amount of tea leaves is important to give a good taste of tea.

4. Depending on the variety of green tea again, generally it should be brewed around 175 degrees F within 5 degrees range.

5. Generally speaking, do not steep green tea for more than 2 minutes. The tea will  taste bitter if you steep it for too long.

6. Use high quality water such as mineral water so that the tea can be resolved into water.

7. Green tea is compact. It will expand and hence needs room to open up. You are encouraged to use transparent glass to brew it.

8. You may add hot water up to 6-8 times. You may eat the tea leaves after that.

It is really simple to brew. Please give it a try and share with us your experience, via comments.

Look forward to hearing from you,

James Oh