November 27th, 2011. Sunday with Mom & Dad
죽향 차문화원 (Jook Hyang Traditional Tea Culture Centre) is a little oasis in the condensed city area of Jinju.
It’s a multiple story building with one floor being a gallery and another floor designated as a cozy tea room where a resident tea master presides over tea ceremonies and educates patrons on the ways of tea and tea ware.
After looking through Mom’s friend’s photo exhibit we were treated to an elegant, cozy tea time in the tea room. Ever since working at Franchia I’ve had an even higher appreciation and love for tea and the art of tea.
The tea master brewed for us a pot of tea special to the centre called 죽향미인 (Jook Hyang Beauty).
The tea leaves are from nearby Mount Jiri and it’s a delicate tea. Honestly, I can’t really describe distinct nuances of the tea…but it’s supposed to be good for you 😉
We were also served some delicious treats that were so natural, pure, and just delicious. Each of the snacks were delicately made and while fragrant still subtle in flavor so as not to compete with the tea.
We started off with some Sweet Red Bean Porridge. Not too thick, not too thin, with the natural sweetness of the red bean shining through.
We also had some Pan Fried Rice Cakes. I love how the exterior gets this great thin crust and then when you bite in it’s super soft and chewy! Dip them in the beautiful pot of honey that came with it and it’s divine!
The Candied Ginger was also such a wonderful treat. Without being too acrid with still a slight and pleasant tang playing with the delicious sweetness. Yummy! Not to mention so incredibly beautiful!
We also were served this Bean Paste Jelly. Subtle in taste, but great texture. Simply beautiful!
There were so many gorgeous tea pots & teaware.
I really enjoyed and appreciated the afternoon 🙂