Tales from the Tearoom 11

Welcome to a cooler Sydney in the blazing hot sun and a welcoming pot of tea to all who are reading this!

As I pour you a cup of Fujian (Fukian) oolong, do you ever wonder if there is a better way to do things?

wuyi shui xian oolong

Wuyi Shui Xian Oolong

Sometimes, when I talk to builders, I get the feeling that beneath their ever agreeable faces that they are more governed by habit then Heaven or Earth. For example, we live in Australia, where it can regularly reach over 40 degrees in the summer and yet we keep building houses that require air-conditioning to stay cool.  Sure, some of them have water features in their gardens. But that only encourages the wildlife to make their home on our lawns.

So what’s to be done about it?

I reckon those round Tulou clan houses in Fujian will be a good start. With a few modifications, they would be good at keeping the heat out. And if there was a fire nearby, the fire would go around it. The heart of the Tolou could house a swimming pool or garden pond and this could be a ready supply of water for putting out fires. Now is that a good idea?

I think that it is but you are welcome to give quality feedback or savour the thought over some well deserved Wuyi Shui Xian oolong from Northern Fujian.

But don’t just drink the stuff. Nooooo…. Please take the time to brew it properly and treat yourself to some real Kung Fu Cha. You truly deserve to treat yourselves right: The oolong tea does not have be made strong. You can make a light cup, if you want.