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Sheung Wan, famous for its historic shops, is no short of knowledgeable visitors. Mr. Yiu Chung Kuen, the second generation owner of Yee On Tea House, would treat his guests with the shop’s signature “Best Puerh” while showcasing his father’s special puerh cakes collections – such as the HKD 550,000 red seal and the HKD 400,000 blue seal, both aging back from 1945.
An auction price of half a million for a piece of Hong Kong-stored puerh cake is no big news. “Hong Kong’s hot and humid climate provides a special environment for puerh’s fermentation, hence creating a unique flavour that only belongs to the city,” Mr. Yiu says.
“It has an initial taste of almond, followed by a smooth jujube aroma,” he says while treating us with a freshly brewed cup of trademarked “Best Puerh”. “We mixed the 20-year-old puerh with a bit of new tea in order to create such complicated flavour of freshness and bitter aftertaste.”
Mr. Yiu shows us a secret jar of tea powder, which he jokes that it’s a rare type of tea he recently found in his warehouse. The tea has a unique jet-black colour, along with a fresh aroma and almost medicine-like bitter taste. “It’s called Black Pearl Bug Shit Tea. But don’t worry! It has long been documented that it is not tea, but a precious type of Chinese medicine,” he says. In fact, this bug shit tea, nobly named as Dragon Ball, has been seen as a valuable tribute since Qianlong period.
“This tea can only be found in a warehouse stored with huge amount of aged tea,” Mr. Yiu says. “There are only a few grams of Dragon Ball from over hundreds of aged tea bags, which makes it extremely rare. The tea you just drink, which is created by tea bugs after eating a half-million-a-piece puerh, usually costs HKD 3,000 for 38 grams.”
義安茶莊Yee On Tea House
地址 Address : 香港上環德輔道西147 號
147 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
電話 Tel : +852 2548 6242