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DD loves the tea they serve in Chinese restaurants in the US. Nearly every restaurant seems to use the same kind.

Does anyone here know what kind of tea that is?

Whatever it is, I’m sure Uwajimaya carries it.

Thank you.


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Lipton, of course.

Bad joke. I have no idea.


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In broad categories there’s green, black and oolong. Also pu-erh, which is fermented. Restaurants usually don’t offer black. If it tastes rather earthy, it’s probably pu-erh. Many Chinese restaurants I’ve been in offer oolong.

They seem to use cheap varieties and brew them weak. If the tea is very light green and bitter, it’s cheap green tea brewed too hot. Good green tea isn’t bitter.


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Almost certainly oolong. I'm pretty sure we've bought some non-Chinese brand, maybe Twinnings, and it is really good. I can check when I get home.

Have her make some, if she doesn't love it, try cold-brew and then reheat. Cold-brew oolong is sooo good. We put 5 bags in a .... gallon jug? Again, I can check when I get home.


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Well, maybe it's...



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As RP said, could be one of several possibilities. The ones I like most seem to have a touch of jasmine in them.

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https://www.letsdrinktea.com/w...chinese-restaurants/


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Ok now I wanna buy the real thing!!

But for the record, PJ,
We have Bigelow Oolong Tea, very good and pretty orthodox IMO.


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Thanks, all. Oolong is probably the stuff. I could just rifle though the trash behind her fave restaurant and see what I find. But I’ll get her some oolong and see if she likes it.

Mostly, she’s been drinking some instant tea stuff from Taiwan that has gotten very expensive and has a warning label that says it contains high levels of cadmium.


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PJ, Taiwan is known for high quality oolongs. If she tries the good whole-leaf stuff (NOT instant) she won’t go back. But then I am a former tea geek…the restaurant level stuff is pretty poor.

And then there are so many types of oolong, it’s wonderful.

I can’t drink tea anymore because of acid reflux, but I really miss it. I can have maybe a cup every couple of weeks without problems. Coffee doesn’t affect me that way; go figure.


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I figure the typical Chinese restaurant buys foodservice quality tea in bulk and brews gallons of it each day.


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It looks to me older restaurants and newer restaurants tend to serve different types of tea.

An older Chinese restaurant still keeping to the practice set by its Hong Kong immigrant founders are more likely to serve pu-er, chrysanthemum, or their combo mix by default. If the old founder came from Taiwan then it has increased likelihood to serve Jasmine tea by default.

Newer Chinese restaurants seem more likely to serve green tea by default, if they serve any tea by default at all.


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Oooh!! I know what this is, I just didn't know it was a Chinese tea. It's "puu-aa" in Japanese, and I always thought it was a weird name but didn't think much about the name beyond that. It's really yummy!


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For the record, my default is Earl Grey. Stash. I get it at the local restaurant supply place in boxes of 30. They were out this week, so I got Bigelow English Teatime instead.

Every once in a while I go through a genmai cha phase. I love that stuff.


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