Chrysanthemum hot pot. Photos: nipic.com
This is a typical river shrimp dish stewed with longjing tea leaves. Timing is essential: after stirring the prawns for 15 seconds in a wok, remove the oil entirely before adding steeped longjing tea leaves. To preserve freshness, the whole process should take no more than 10 minutes. A famous dish in Hangzhou, these prawns come with their own origin myth: emperor Qian Long traveled to the southern part of China in spring, where a local tea planter presented him with longjing tea. He brought it back to the palace, where the royal cook experimented with it in cooking until he eventually created this dish.
Green tea cooking made easy
Green tea and tomato soup is one of the easiest tea dishes to cook. All you need to prepare is 50 to 150 grams of tomatoes and 1 to 1.5 grams of green tea, depending on how many people are dining.
1. Peel tomato pieces, chop into chunks and add to pot. Stir.
2. Add the green tea and mix it with the tomato.
3. Add 400 milliliters of boiling water.
4. When the tea leaves are swollen, the dish is done. Easy it is, and healthy it will be, since it functions to tackle high blood pressure, bleeding gums and low appetite. And really, all you need to make it is a kettle.