The other day I was exploring the restaurants in
Herbal tea shops in
Traditional Cool Tea Shop at Hollywood Road Hong Kong
My Sesame Drink was only HK$8
But why cool tea is called cool tea while it is not cool? It is believed that these herbal teas will provide cooling effect to the body, hence some of the minor defects could be cured without consulting a doctor, such as sore throats, flu, hangover or ailments.
There are many kinds of cooling tea. Most popular being 5-Flower Tea, 24-Taste, sugar cane juice, sesame drink. The 24-Taste is actually quite bitter. But as they are believed to be good to our bodies, it remains very popular among people of all ages. You can find these in almost any cool tea shop. The price is usually between HK$6 and 8 per cup/bowl. The other day my sesame drink at
Middle photo - the 5-Flower Tea costs HK$7 per bowl
Right photo - 楊春雷 in Wanchai
Although traditional herbal tea shops are close to extinction, the culture of drinking cool tea remains popular among Hong Kong Cantonese. New generation cool tea shops are everywhere in the city. However if you want to have an old Hong Kong feel and drink a cup of cool tea at a very traditional cool tea shop, here are the two oldest in my knowledge: 春回堂at the corner of Stanley Street and Graham Street in Central; 楊春雷at Spring Garden Street in Wanchai. The one at
Hollywood Road is also very old, but I
don’t recall it’s name.
春回堂 on Stanley Street
See people just pay, drink and go
New Generation Cool Tea Shop
Hong Kong Food Blog - Old Hong Kong Cool Tea Culture