San Francisco | Oyatsuya, Japanese Afternoon Tea

Junko runs a Japanese afternoon tea called Oyatsuya SF on the weekends. She uses Sasaki‘s sushi space in the Mission and offers several seatings of afternoon tea (by reservation only). It’s an excellent deal at $25/person including four courses of savories and sweets. The menu changes monthly, and drinks (like matcha beer and umeshu soda) are offered separately.

February’s menu started with an umeboshi rice ball…

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Eight Treasures Tea / Ba Bao Cha

Pieces and parts for Eight Treasures Tea / Ba Bao Cha:

  • Green jasmine
  • Pearl chrysanthemum (for the respiratory system)
  • Goji berries (for the liver)
  • Lotus seeds (for the kidneys)
  • Baby rosebuds
  • Rock sugar
  • Jujube (for the blood)
  • Hawthorn (for digestion)

The above blend is from China Live in SF. I find lots of pleasure in tasting/comparing blends with the ones I make at home. I’ve also seen many variations that incorporate ginseng, licorice, and dried tangerine peels. Teakha in Hong Kong offers a Ba Bao Cha brew at the cafe…

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