Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Goodbye Thai... Tea
The other afternoon, with a heavy heart, we just about finished our stash of Thai tea. Since moving away from Thailand about eight months ago, we've more or less been without anything Thai. A quick explanation of my feelings on this issue can be read here.
Before leaving Thailand, our friends in Saraburi bought us a bag of Thai tea and a sock for brewing. Seeing the end of this bag arrive gave me pause. It's not that we can't buy the same or a similar product here in Oakland, it's that we can't enjoy it with our friends in Thailand at some morning market or side of the road somewhere. Our location has changed, and we've moved on. Once and a while this fills me with great sadness.
This tea here was a bit unorthodox, but it was still wonderful. While the tea and coffee sock works fine, I use a french press for the tea, as it works just as well and clean up is very easy. Instead of the traditional sweetened condensed milk, I used what I had: a dollop of sweet whipped cream went into each glass.
After a very strong glass of tea, I did something questionable: I brewed a second press with the same tea. This time I used lots of sugar and fresh Meyer lemon from the tree in our back yard.
It tasted something like a hot version of iced lime tea from Thailand. It tasted great, but no matter how good it was, I dare say it did not nor will it ever be quite good enough.