Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mushroom tea

Hi, everyone! Last night, we went to Sogi Park for night viewing of illuminated trees, which is 25 minute drive from our place. It was very cold but it was worth to visit. The orange and red maple leaves were illuminated by hundreds of lights in the dark park. It was so beautiful and fantastic!! We want to come to visit next year again.

Anyway, I’ll talk about tea. There was a tea set in a hotel room we stayed this weekend. There were a hot-water pot, teapot, cups, saucers and tea bags. And there were some sweets on the table. Green packages in the picture are tea bags of sencha, Shirakawa-cha. I didn’t try them, this time. I had orange package tea, which is mushroom tea. You put the powdered tea into a cup and just pour hot water into it. I think the taste is not like a tea, more like a soup without ingredients. It doesn’t’ have any bitterness as ordinary green tea; just has supper rich umami of mushroom. Yom might not able to imagine how the flavor is like. It is difficult to explain, but if you have tried Japanese soup, called osumashi, I can say that the mushroom tea is similar to osumashi. Anyway I like really it. Have a nice day!

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