Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Eight Treasures Tea 八宝茶

八宝茶 ("Ba Bao Cha") or Eight Treasures Tea
Eight Treasures Tea 八宝茶 ("Ba Bao Cha") is a beautiful tea. I love gazing at the "treasures" - the colourful fruits, flowers and tea leaves chosen for prized health benefits.

Ingredients for 八宝茶 ("Ba Bao Cha") or Eight Treasures Tea vary slightly from recipe to recipe. The cup above is from Si Chuan Dou Hua, which serves this as their signature tea :
  1. Wolfberries (full of antioxidants!)
  2. Red dates
  3. Chrysanthemum
  4. Dried longan
  5. Jasmine or Long Jing tea leaves
  6. Mai Dong (Lilyturf root)
  7. Dried lily buds
  8. Rock sugar

Acrobatic tea-making skills! Leet kung fu!

The gongfu tea masters at Si Chuan Dou Hua are also a sight to behold. Swift, graceful and extremely precise, they turn tea-brewing into a performance art. Yes, those kettles are filled with hot water. Don't try this at home - it takes years of martial arts and gymnastics training, not to mention intricate understanding of tea leaves and brewing.

八宝茶 ("Ba Bao Cha") or Eight Treasures Tea

Besides quenching your thirst, Eight Treasures Tea also purportedly reduces body heat, promotes digestion, enhances appetite and relieves fatigue. It calms the nerves, and restores vital "qi" and blood. Simply marvellous, to say the least, but I mostly just enjoy the soothing comfort it provides.

Parkroyal on Beach Road
7500 Beach Road, Singapore 199591
Tel: (65) 6505 5722

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80 Raffles Place, #60-01 UOB Plaza 1,
Singapore 048624
Tel: (65) 6535 6006

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Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: (603) 2782 8303

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Tokyo, Japan 100-0005
Tel: (03) 3211 4000



  1. ah! i was expecting the whole post, but this one only on the eight treasure tea? haha

    and u took a very nice shot of the two tea masters!

  2. Thank you! I thought their tea deserved to be singled out.

    I still got headache on how to post the 56 dim sum items leh!!

  3. Haha, I have dined there twice, and both times, I would "freeze" in my seat whenever they poured my tea. Afraid of being scalded lah! Guess I should have more confidence in the masters ;P

  4. Cool!! really like kungfu show!XD
    waiting for the dimsum post! I love dimsum!

  5. Me too. I am so scared during that time the tea will split over me.

  6. hahahaha the masters are not call masters for nothing. lol! they are good man, not easy to pour tea that way. ah i tot u say just combine everything? heh

  7. Eight Treasures tea is available in individual sachet (real dried fruits/herbs as seen in your pictures). Hock Gua medical halls do sell them and there are different combinations for different needs.About $3.50-$5 for a box of 8 packets


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