Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Gourmet Chinese Teas at Shang Palace

Divine-ing tea choices
Shang Palace now features a dazzling array of gourmet Chinese teas. The "menu" is artfully presented like a set of divining or fortune-telling sticks - like the type you use at temples. Shake one out and that will be your fortune. How novel the way it is used here - letting the tea find its intended master?

Gourmet Chinese teas at Shang Palace
I pored over the mesmerizing descriptions, perhaps too leisurely. Hubby, meanwhile, simply decided that we will just have Tie Guan Yin. We always have that. Boring but it is safe. Hubby is somewhat allergic to floral teas, such as jasmine or chrysanthemum, the popular default at Chinese restaurants.

Divine tea - best Tie Guan Yin ever!
And our tea was eventually a fortune...costwise. Only after we had ordered, I came across a fortune stick for "Nanyan Tie Guan Yin", which at S$35 a pot, was the priciest of the lot. (Oh wait, do I hear Ladyironchef gasping in horror? "That's more expensive than the Rakuichi Bento!!")

But you know what? It was indeed the most sublime Tie Guan Yin I've ever had. Beautifully light and delicate with a mellow, almost fruity complex - it tasted like fairies had been singing in my tea! I normally know Tie Guan Yin to be a dry, robust brute great for mowing down alimentary grease. Today my eyes have been opened.

I also found a Tea Masters blog describing the Nanyan Tie Guan Yin. There is so much to learn about teas! I am quite intrigued and feel like hunting down this blend to have at home.

Shangri-la Hotel
22 Orange Grove Road
Tel: 6213-4473
Lunch : 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (Monday to Friday)
Lunch : 10:30 am - 2:30 pm (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)
Dinner : 6:30 - 10:30 pm


  1. hur hur hur.... you tickled me a bit there....

    i love tea but not gotten to the extent of immersing myself into it cos I love beer more. ;)

    I've tasted some pretty nice teas from my chinese colleagues. There's one with each individual leaf tightly rolled into a ball, very nice. Another looked like little pointy pine like leaves thats very unique "butterscotch" taste.

  2. I used to be such a strong coffee drinker hey. But recently, I've begun to appreciate tea a lot more. Everything I drop by Shanghai, I try to get to Hangzhou to stock up on my favorite Long Jing. That stuff is good.

  3. ooo... the tea sounds so tempting!

    i am currently drinking oolong. just because i read about the health benefits. :-)

  4. oh, u are teasing LIC :-)
    i saw, i read, i thought of LIC. LOL...

  5. Camemberu, deja wu, I have posted a query of Oolong Tea in my blog and just saw your posting about teas here.:))

    Been drinking Longjing tea this end (Spain) as the weather is scorching for now.

    Yes, good tea can be so expensive.
    Thanks for sharing. Hugzzzzzzzzzzz

  6. hahaha! yes, i am being teased here. lol! alright la, i guess the value of a stuff is whether you can appreciate it or not, i seen pricer tea before.

  7. Please let me know what country is this place in? Thank You.

  8. Anon: this is in Singapore. Sorry if it wasn't clear.


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