Dim Sum — Teahouse Style

Dim Sum – Teahouse Style
We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Shang’s Tea House. Dim Sum is a small selection of gourmet food patterned after authentic teahouse-style food originally served in ancient teahouses.

Dim Sum Menu available
Monday—Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

No food served on Sunday.

Our Lunch
My husband and I had the chicken with rice, the salad, and dumplings. The freshness of the ingredients stood out. The chicken with rice was our favorite. The meat was tender and lean. The salad had a strong cilantro flavor, which not everyone appreciates. The dumplings were delicious. They were served with green onions and a dash of soy sauce—just the right touch.

A small shaker of Shang’s personal spice blend was provided at each table. Add some to your food if you like an extra kick of flavor and spice. Again, the flavors were fresh. If you’ve never tasted freshly ground spices, you are in for a treat!

Favorite Tea
As I mentioned in last week’s post, Shang served us samples of several tea varieties. With our lunch we were served one more variety: Ginseng White Tea Chai.

After our lunch Shang asked me which tea was my favorite. Much as I enjoyed the Honeysuckle and Tangerine Blossom teas, the Ginseng White Tea Chai was my favorite. (Chai is the Asian Indian word for tea. Cha is the Chinese word for tea.)

Since I enjoyed the flavor of the Ginseng White Tea Chai so much, Shang suggested I should add one or two slices of fresh ginger root when I brew a pot of this tea at home.

So which was Shang’s favorite tea? The fermented white tea.

Farm to Cup – the Healthiest Tea
All the pure white teas offered in Shang’s Tea House are organically grown at high elevations in the Fujian mountains of China. Shang personally oversees the harvest twice each year on his return to China.

No sugar was served on the tables in Shang’s Tea House. Nor is it served in China.

Shang explained why. “If tea is served with sugar in China, customers will ask: ‘Is this not good quality tea?’ ”

He told us quality tea tastes clean. It makes your throat water. Poor quality tea or over-processed tea with chemical additives leaves a bad aftertaste and makes your throat and mouth feel dry.

Health benefits of tea varieties appreciated by the Chinese people were mentioned in last week’s post. (Please click on this link to review them.)

How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea
• Prepare Water
Always use filtered or spring water for best flavor.

Bring water to a boil and reduce to appropriate temperature of 195 – 205 degrees F
Reduce boiling water temperature: Slowly pour boiling water into a glass pitcher or a big cup: the water will cool as you pour. Allow water to sit for 10-20 seconds, then pour on your tea.
• Why?
-Proper brewing insures the quality tealeaves can be re-steeped multiple times.
-Too hot: Boiling water can scald (overcook) tealeaves and will cause tea to lose freshness.
-Too cool: Less flavor, healthful tea compounds may not be immediately activated; tea can take longer to complete brewing.
• Specific brewing instructions for each tea variety are available at Shang’s Tea House.

Travel Tips
• Shang’s Tea House is on Level 1 of the Crown Center Shops
2450 Grand Blvd, Suite 106, Kansas City, MO 64108
• Hours: Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m
(No food served on Sundays.)

Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
• http://www.shangtea.com
• Dim Sum served Monday—Saturday 11:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
(No food served on Sundays.)

• Tea Parties for up to 25 people by reservation only.
At least two weeks advance notice needed.
Interested parties should call ahead
for prices and to schedule the event:

(816) 421-2588.
• Parking Information: https://www.crowncenter.com/visitor-information/parking
Have your parking ticket validated in the shops before returning to your car.

By now I hope I’ve convinced you to take a trip to Shang’s Tea House. I have one more blog post about our visit there. Please join me next week.

I know I’ve used the word “fresh” quite frequently in this post. It was the word to describe everything we tasted. What other word could be used to describe fresh taste? Tell me in the comments below.

Meanwhile: Tea, anyone?

Until next time . . . Travel Light,

© 2019 SuZan Klassen

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