Let's Know About Vietnamese Tea!
Vietnam is a diverse country - its diversity is evident in its tea industry, which has grown rapidly in the past decade. The unique geography and various climatic zones of Vietnam offer a variety of ecosystems for tea growing, producing over 60 indigenous cultivars. The history of tea in Vietnam is not steeped in ancient lore. It is a young and exciting industry where the strong hands of agriculture shape a thriving future for tea. Let find out some information about Vietnamese tea.
Farmers seek higher quality tea crops, while producers increase specialty production with careful attention to processing methods and technology. With over a century’s experience as cocoa producers, Vietnamese farmers have used their knowledge to give the tea industry an impetus to grow.
What is a Vietnamese Tea Ceremony
Vietnamese Weddings are a magnificent culmination of historical and contemporary traditions. The Vietnamese Wedding Dress is an excellent representation of beauty and richness within Vietnamese culture. While this is typically just a fun event, some aspects are culturally priceless. One such aspect is the Vietnamese Wedding Tea Ceremony to honour the family’s ancestors and relatives.
An elegant tea set is set out - with porcelain teapot and cup with matching saucers, a trivet for the teacup, a tea tray to display the complete set of items, stainless steel utensils for serving delicate items like boba or jelly, and bamboo pick to stir the beverage. The newlyweds serve tea to their parents, new in-laws, and elders by serving them tea.
Dressing Up For A Vietnamese Tea Ceremony
The wedding tea ceremony is a very important custom in Vietnam, and improper dressing may seem disrespectful. So the question arises - What to wear to a Vietnamese Tea Ceremony?
Ao Dai is the quintessential Vietnamese garment. Its roots go back to the beginning of Vietnam's history when the ao dai was worn by royalty as their only form of dress. Ao dai is still widely used in most Vietnamese wedding ceremonies. These royal attires come in red or pink colours with a khan dong headdress for the bride. Red is the most popular since, according to Vietnamese folklore, it signifies luck and happiness. A 'Ninh Hoa' pattern design is painted on white fabric, then weaved with a silk thread and hand-stitched onto the center back of each piece.
Beautifully tailored, these red Ao dai with accessories allow you to be a part of and experience the rich Vietnamese culture. The Ao dai ensemble is a symbol of traditional Vietnamese beauty and style.
How To Brew Vietnamese Tea
A popular summer drink in Vietnam, bia is refreshing and thirst-quenching. The name comes from the sounds of ice cubes clinking in the glass. This iced tea is made with green tea but may also be served with oolong or Jasmine tea. In Vietnam, tea is usually served iced, and it is customary to add jasmine tea to green tea. After this, large ice cubes are added, turning it into a cool and refreshing drink. After having tried several different options, we at TeaSwan love using oolong tea to make Vietnamese iced tea or jasmine tea.
Vietnamese iced tea:
There are several ways to make Vietnamese iced teas - it is very different from either hot or cold brew. The Vietnamese understand that some drinks have more health benefits than others, so they have developed techniques to make iced teas that are both tasty and refreshing. The process of extracting the flavor from the leaves is also different from how the beverage is packaged in the West.
Here's a simple recipe for deliciously sweet and refreshing Vietnamese iced tea that you can make in about three minutes, using store-bought tea and a bit of elbow grease. The secret is using boiling water rather than microwave or freezer cold water. Add a generous spoonful of powdered ginger to your hot cup before you pour in your hot water. Add TeaSwan Vietnamese loose tea leaves and boil them for 10-12 mins. For a stronger flavor, let it boil for another 3 mins. Add some sweetener and let it cool for some time. Here comes our hero "The ice", add some ice cubes and enjoy the Vietnamese iced tea.
Vietnamese green tea:
A deep, rich, and naturally sweet green tea has notes of chocolate, nuts, and honey. The strong sweet taste comes over those same gentle aftertastes and a hint of coconut to complement the floral notes from the tea. It’s a lovely delicate cup that will leave you wanting more. There are several different green teas in Vietnam, but Vietnamese Green is a general favourite.
Vietnamese Green Tea is different from western green tea in its taste and flavor.
Do not expect instant or near-instant gratification from hot cups of tea. Allow 2-3 minutes of steeping time during which you should taste the tea to determine whether it is sufficiently infused with flavor and character. Green teas often have substantially different feelings depending on the time and temperature used for steeping, so experiment with water throughout the range. Try 2-3 steeping's. You want the tea to be fresh but not too hot.
Tea is a significant export of Vietnam, but it remains an under-risk product for international markets. Vietnam has therefore developed several strategies to ensure its export potential remains intact, including focusing on mass-market commodity product development and a focus on the quality sector. However, the nation's domestic market remains largely undeveloped, with small-scale producers limited in scale and capacity. Tea production in Vietnam is concentrated in select high-risk areas such as Phuoc Tien Bay and Lao Cai in southern provinces facing the Laotian islands.
Some fine green tea-growing regions lie to the east of these main areas, particularly in South-eastern provinces bordering China. However, most of this tea remains unprocessed or unaged. It requires great skill and dedication to turn high-quality tea leaf material into top-quality tea. These characteristics are evident in the exceptional quality of Vietnamese green teas from Phu Quoc Island. The leaves are taken from plants that have been carefully cultivated over many years in the clean seaside air. Replicating this expertise on a mass scale would not happen overnight - but companies with the incentive, desire, and resources can make it happen.