Tea, the world’s most-consumed drink alongside water, has a fair amount of history in every place it grows. You must have heard that how Chinese and Japanese make tea cults. But you knew Vietnam’s tea traditions were similarly unique? We’ll bring you, in this post, Vietnam’s fascinating tea culture. A comprehensive guide prepared by Danh Tra.
About Danh Tra
Danh Tra is a tea brand owned by the Tien Vu company. We are a family business that has been cultivating, processing, and manufacturing tea in Thai Nguyen green tea for three generations. We are delighted to be Vietnam’s “first name tea.” We, the Vu family’s children, were also the first to brew tea here.
Vietnamese everyday tea drinking
Besides the Boba tea craze, Vietnamese generations drink tea every day. After breakfast, lunch, supper, etc., you may order tea. For example, individuals will drink a cup of Danh Trà green tea after a Pho bowl. Or after lunch, office employees congregate on small stools, sipping tea and munching sunflower seeds. If you get an opportunity to visit Hanoi, folks here will inform you how proud of their tradition of iced tea. Either cold or hot, people are constantly seen drinking tea.
Understanding Vietnam Tea Stream
Vietnamese tea typically grows in three different regions: west-north, Thai Nguyen, and highland Bao Loc. To make sure you don’t get lost, here’s a Vietnam tea-growing area map:
The magnificent mountain Hoang Lien Son gifted this area with an alpine environment, clean spring water, and old wild Shan tea plants. Exclusively hand-picked by ethnic group inhabitants, this region’s tea is known for its clean, mild flavor.
Thai Nguyen Green Tea
Thai Nguyen’s tea-growing heritage goes back to the early 20th century. Now it’s North’s biggest tea-growing region. Thai Nguyen provides a range of small-leaf teas, specializing in curly-hooked tea leaves.
Ha Noi – Noi
Although Hanoi has just a few tiny tea-growing regions, it is nevertheless renowned for the lotus-wrapped tea. Lotus flowers’ delicate, seductive fragrance mix perfectly with the fresh tea smell. From the West Lake region, the distinctive tea remains a favorite till now.
Being on a wide plateau tends to make Bao Loc excellent for producing tea. Now, it’s one of Vietnam’s top tea areas and highly appreciated for flower-scented teas.
How to enjoy Vietnamese tea
Vietnamese can always drink tea year-round. People savor a cup of tea at a tiny street stall, over family tea time, or even at a classic tea house. In Vietnam, it’s like drinking tea every day. Many jokes it as simple as breathing.
How to Select Water
Knowledgeable tea consumers think ‘Water first, tea second.’ That’s why they’re water so particular. At dawn, or from natural springs, tea drinkers gather dew on lotus leaves.
Choosing tea leaves
Tea fans have established a 5-standard guideline for choosing excellent tea: sắc (shape) – khi (timing) – thanh (color) – thần (smell) – vị (taste). The most valuable type of fish-shaped tea leaves.
How to choose your tea set
Vietnamese select tea sets depending on the tam bôi rule. In detail, a teapot, four tiny cups to sip, and one jar holding tea. The tiny cup should be somewhat larger than a jackfruit. Plus, selecting the jar must rely on how many visitors are there for the tea party.
How to brew tea?
Heat teapot and glasses with boiling water. Choose a wood or bamboo cup to pour dry tea into the kettle. Next, add water and drain quickly. To rinse off any dust and dampen the dry tea leaves. On the next pour, add more water to the pot’s mouth. Close the lid and pour over it boiling water to preserve the teapot’s high temperature. Wait about a minute and savor the rich, enticing tea taste.