Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Chinese Restuarant tea - MING HING

Ming Hing
100 E Market St
                              Orrville, OH 44667                                                       
(330) 682-8808

I had lunch at Ming Hing the other day and they had two kinds of teas to try.  I tried them both. I was NOT of fan of the white packaged tea, but I was a fan of the Red packaged Oolong tea.  Drinking Oolong tea is really great with Chinese food!

Oolong tea is another healthy variety of tea.  It is also known as wulong (or wu long) tea and is often served in Chinese restaurants. Similar to green teas, oolong teas also originate from the Camellia sinensis plant and undergo similar processing steps.  However, after the tea leaves are picked, they are intentionally bruised by shaking.  While the leaves are drying, the edges of the bruised leaves turn reddish in color and the surface becomes light yellow due to fermentation and oxidation.  After some fermentation period the tea leaves are pan fired to create a semi-fermented tea.  Chinese oolong tea is fermented only long enough to achieve 12-20% fermentation and results in a lighter oolong, while a longer period results in 60-70% fermentation of Taiwanese oolong teas giving them a stronger oolong flavor. Loose leaf oolong tea is full-bodied with a sweet aroma and is low in caffeine, one cup of oolong tea has 10-15% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee.

Making loose leaf oolong teas tea usually requires hot water at 195º, 1.5 tsp of loose tea per 8 oz of water and steep time of 3 minutes. 

I found this on line about Chinese Restaurants and Oolong Tea:

Here in Naples, FL pretty much every Chinese restaurant serves Oolong tea that I've seen; when my son orders Chinese delivery, they always bring 2 teabags of the oolong, along with the packets of soy sauce and hot mustard. It really is great stuff, in my opinion...you can easily find out the health benefits of it and it's great all by itself. I buy boxes of oolong now from my Asian grocery store and keep some in my desk drawer at work in an effort to drink less coffee. Oh, and, in case it matters, it's Alton Brown's favorite tea, too!


Chinese-American and low end Chinese restaurants generally seem to favor oolong, with some giving a choice of oolong or jasmine. I've seldom seen jasmine as the default around here.

The best tea service I've encountered is at Koi Palace, a restaurant just outside San Francisco. They give you a choice of eight complimentary teas, or you can choose from ten premium teas for a fee. What's remarkable is that KP is not a terribly pricey restaurant (though not rock-bottom cheap, either).

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