Tea traditions of Asia
In my childhood I lived in Central Asia and in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. And when did the idea of writing about tea traditions, I really wanted to go back in time, to memories of twenty years ago. To find something new about these peoples
and their customs and to remember the forgotten old. I hope this article will allow you a little bit to plunge into the world of Asian tea traditions and to feel the harmony and hospitality of Eastern culture, although a true tea house is impossible to find in the metropolis.
Teas in Central Asia
Familiarity with Central Asian people this wonderful drink would have happened earlier than in Europe. Through the East of the country caravans of the silk Road that carried lots of strange items, tea was one of them. This led to the fact that thirst-quenching drink, has acquired a special place in the culture of the peoples of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
The mentality and customs of each country of Central Asia, has left its mark and formed their unique tea traditions: tea green tea, tea with butter and salt, using camel milk and cream, and many more unique recipes.
In Uzbekistan, the predominant consumption of green tea, only in the capital city of Tashkent, more popular black. Before drinking the tea in a thin stream poured from the bowl back into the pot, the procedure is performed 3 times. This ritual allows the drink to pass entirely alcoholic your taste and medicinal properties. Next, in a bowl filled with a small amount of tea. The more honorable the guest, the less the owners of tea he poured into a bowl, the uninvited guest will be offered the Uzbeks filled to the brim bowl.
Green tea among residents of Uzbekistan is accepted to drink pure or with milk, black tea and mostly drink with honey, pepper and milk. With the filing of this drink starts and finishes any meal. The peculiarity of serving dishes in this region is that the guests are treated to tea, then, pastries and dried fruit, followed by a served main course, accompanied by tea.
A tea party for the Uzbeks and representatives of other Asian Nations — is first of all communication. But when there is a General resemblance there are differences, for example, in the Caucasus in such institutions served only tea, I can offer sweets or candy, but, in any case, not going. Tea in Azerbaijan is not so much the drink as the indicator of friendship one person to another, the factor of mutual respect. Always treat them, even if the guest came in for a minute. Tea will not be offered, only if the landlord does not want to see the person on the doorstep.
But despite the differences, one way or another, in the East, the teahouse was one of the most popular and visited places after the Mosque.
Teahouse is a favorite gathering place for tea lovers, here they can talk on various topics and relax. It is here that the harsh Asian warriors could lose the mask and communicate on a worldly theme. Besides, for a long time, in many villages it was the only building where the inhabitants are leading a settled way of life can meet up with travelers and learn the latest news. A typical tea house is an open space, with Oriental rug in the middle and low tables, this design allows visitors to settle down, reclining or sitting, cross-legged. Comfort, uniqueness and at the same time, the simplicity of the tea house made it popular not only in the East Asian diverges stronger traditions around the world with her native. In many cities of the world, tea lovers in the East, can find the teahouse. Most of them convey a unique Oriental flavor, with a rich decoration: the carpets and the cushions are handmade, embroidered, screens, curtains and other accessories.
The contemporary tea house menu consists of traditional Eastern Nations dishes, as a rule, it is pilaf, lamb kebabs and beef, Oriental dumplings manti, lagman, samosa or pasties, jam of roses, baklava, fruit, honey and a great variety of tea black, green, and blending teas and herbs. In teahouses, you can still mentally to sit with friends, discuss news or just to chat.
The magical atmosphere of a tea-house did not leave indifferent citizens of Ukraine. Now, many of Crimea’s often have their own teahouse, where guests can discover the history of the East and a nice time.
The chef himself
In addition to the “classic” tea-house, there are other variations of the establishment. Most interesting, perhaps, is one in which visitors can enjoy not only the food but also its preparation. In such places usually cost 10-15 pots. Each Kazana — its company f formiruetsya as a rule, back in my youth, but remains unchanged in composition for many years. Even people in society did not depend on social status, and in whatever company he in the teahouse. From teahouses escorted into the army, where people usually gather on the second day after the wedding to eat “janikowski pilaf.”
The most popular dish which is cooked in the teahouse pilaf. If visitors don’t want to bother yourself cooking your meals, they will always help promovare invited.
Traditions of Central Asia diverse, but it does not matter whether you drink tea by the fire in the steppe, on the rug in the tent or at the tea table in the tea house – special respect for, and provided to the guests the unique taste of tea you provided!