Take a look at this picture and tell me what’s wrong with it?
I don’t want to m
ention which tea place in Manila this picture was taken from but I do hope they figure this out soon because it is a misguided and confusing setup.
So what is the big deal?
I ordered for an Oolong. Using glassware or porcelain tea ware is correct for this type of leaf. But, in this picture you find TWO serving vessels, a British style teapot and a Gaiwan. Both vessels are actually used for steeping tea leaves. Notice that the teapot has a receptacle inside for the tea leaves to swim around. The Gaiwan is traditionally used to steep the leaves as well. Just like the teapot, when using a Gaiwan, you would put the leaves inside the gaiwan cup and then use the cover lid to strain the leaves when pouring to your drinking cup.
So what’s missing?
The cup from which you should sip from! Two serving vessels of different styles. Sadly, the Gaiwan is being used as a drinking cup.
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