Teh talk

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Teh talk

Postby sparks » Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:15 pm

I am referring to the kopitiam kind of teh.

My gripe is that many kopitiam drinkstalls & coffee-chains (even big ones like ya kun , kopi alley,etc) do not bother to make a decent cup of teh nowadays. if I see a foreign worker, I most definitely won't buy from that stall. Then, even some locals, they shortcut the process of making it. I don't know why, but I noticed, to make a good cup of teh, you need at least 2 pots of teh (different temp I suppose?) to mix & intense stirring & pouring from a height at the end to get that frothy teh. Many directly pour into paper cups which makes intense stirring difficult.

At least I managed to find (finally!) a chain that has the passion to do a good cup of teh. Yes, it takes more steps, higher risk of scalding, more time- consuming esp during lunch time, but customers like me will appreciate their sincerity & passion & will go back for more. I am curious why chains like coffee & toast & kopi alley can continue to attract crowds even though their tea is so sub-standard. Maybe everyone going for coffee?? :shrug:

I like teh gao siew tai-teh lok (no water added), how abt you?

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Re: Teh talk

Postby Nebbermind » Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:16 pm

Strong teh must have enough milk or else very 'siap'.

I buy durian brand tea leaf to make my teh :wink:

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Re: Teh talk

Postby TravelMummy » Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:02 am

Hi Sparks, mind sharing what is this chain of the stall that you found that serves decent teh? I love teh si and teh Tarik but have been bothered by the decline in quality as well.
Dear Nebbermind, what is this Durian brand tea leaf - where to get them? Does it come in bags like Lipton, or in loose leaves like Chinese tea?

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Re: Teh talk

Postby Nebbermind » Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:38 am

Durian brand....not in tea bag.

Probably can find in sheng siong.

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Re: Teh talk

Postby Mawar » Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:16 am

I like teh siew dai & teh c siew dai. I like teh tarik less sweet. I hardly order teh these days because I find most disappointing.

I thought the problem lies in the blend of leaves. Most newer stalls do not know how to blend the tea leaves. Or they just use generic brands that we get from supermarkets.

More often than not, a cup of tea leaves a siap after taste that make me feel ill.

Think the evaporated or condensed milk also tasted different. Many don't get the milk ratio right. Overdose or weak.

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Re: Teh talk

Postby Bluebottle » Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:49 am

sparks wrote:I am referring to the kopitiam kind of teh.

I like teh gao siew tai-teh lok (no water added), how abt you?


wow you are a true teh connoisseur. I think foreign workers who hear that also blur.

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Re: Teh talk

Postby TravelMummy » Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:57 am

Nebbermind wrote:Durian brand....not in tea bag.

Probably can find in sheng siong.

Thanks, I will check it out. Anything would be an improvement over my Lipton's!

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Re: Teh talk

Postby Nebbermind » Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:10 am

All use sweetened beverage creamer and not real milk product these days so taste not as rich as old days.

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Re: Teh talk

Postby Bluebottle » Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:12 am

I love Teh C siew dai. I find the larger the chain, the more CMI the teh. agree?

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Re: Teh talk

Postby keroppi » Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:22 am

I like teh siew dai too.

I still like to have a cuppa at Yakun now and then but I think they are adjusting the price upwards again. Sigh.

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