Monday, October 04, 2010

Turkish Çay (Tea)

Ceylon tea sweetened with white sugar, enjoyed at home.

JS and I are back!

Of course, don't expect any posts about Turkey anytime soon. As you know, it will probably take me about 6 months to a year to get to them. ;)

As it so happens, my person was quite unwilling to leave Turkey without carrying with it a Turkish tea set. Teehee. I was quite content having the set in my possession, despite having to carry them on my lap on the plane.

So, here it is, my cup of çay (pronounced "chai").

Tea in Turkey was usually (perhaps always) sweetened, but milk was not added.

To my surprise, Ceylon tea was quite common in Turkey. More often than not, we were served Ceylon.

At times, I added milk and sugar to really strong Ceylon tea during breakfast to make Hong Kong Milk Tea! =)

(Or, faux HK Milk Tea, as there was usually no evaporated milk available.)

We will resume posting once the final vestiges of jet lag has worn off.

eatingclub vancouver
in Turkey (September 2010)

Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque) (Istanbul, Turkey)
Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia) (Istanbul, Turkey)
Topkapı Sarayı (Palace) Museum (Istanbul, Turkey)
Turkey Flora
Hierapolis Ruins and Travertines (Pamukkale, Turkey)
Güray Pottery (Avanos, Turkey)

For Turkish dishes:
Turkey (the country, not the fowl)

eatingclub vancouver Beverages, a selection
Matcha Latte (Japanese Green Tea Latte), Hot and Iced
Caffè Latte with Almond Milk
Cilantro Horchata
Salabat (Ginger Tea)
Turkish Çay (Turkish Tea)
Squash Churros with Orange-Sage Hot Chocolate
Avocado Shake

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  1. He he he ... 6 months to a year is not too long a wait. Why, I had not yet blogged about Madrid since summer of 2009. Good to have you back home. Ben

  2. Can't wait to hear more about your trip - even if we have to wait a bit! :)

  3. So pretty. I would've carried it on my lap too. And I'm still working on June 2009 Portland posts before I can do later travel posts so 6 months is nothing. :P

  4. I traveled through Turkey in the late 80's. I remember being served Apple Tea everywhere I went.

    More pics please!

  5. that's exactly how we drink tea in indonesia :D

    just sugar, no tea, no lemon ;)

  6. Welcome back! I can't wait to read about your trip!


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