Hello friends! I hope you’re doing well. My friend Su is hosting a virtual tea party and so today I bring you a simple tea with toast.
What do you like to spread on your toast? Since I was young, I’ve always liked orange marmalade on a slice of wheat toast because of Paddington the Bear. (I faintly recall reading that was his favorite.)
Unfortunately nice, hearty wheat bread is a bit hard to come by in Korea. There are bakeries a plenty, both franchises and independent ones, but I feel they lean more towards sweet baked goods and rolls. Which are of course delicious. Sometimes nicer bakeries will have wheatish offerings or ciabattas, but not really big loaves of hearty bread. In recent years I have been seeing more breads with assorted nuts or grains. I got these little slices on sale at my local department store. If you go before closing around 7:30 PM, all the vendors start selling their foods in bundled discounts. Inevitably I end up getting more than I need, but I fool myself into believing it’s still a good deal.
Today I’ve also added a generous spread of Kaya jam, another toast topping favorite. I discovered kaya toast for the first time a few years ago and have never looked back. Kaya jam is a coconut spread popular in Southeast Asia made from coconut milk, eggs and sugar. It is divine in kaya toast (toasted sandwich with butter). In the past few years I’ve always tried to bring back a jar of Kaya jam from my trips to Singapore. Alas this jar is just a generic brand from the No Brand shop here, but it was still good.
The tea I’m drinking is called Orange Cookie, composed of Roobois, marigold, pear slices, “tropical fruits” (from Thailand), orange peel, cacao nibs, orange and almond scent. It is from Two Teagers, an independent tea and bakery I discovered at a Flea market last year. And yes, the tea is as yummy as it sounds.
However, the star of today’s post is my tea strainer. I love it so. I prefer my tea weak and I never steep my tea for very long (less than a minute). So this little pour-through strainer is perfect for me. I just slowly pour hot water from my electric kettle through the strainer once to make the perfect brew.
I’m actually not a huge tea person, but I have a pretty decent collection thanks to my travels. (Single bags saved from hotel breakfasts, boxes and tins bought from local stores.) Now that I won’t be travelling for the time being, I guess I’ll finally start making a dent in my supply.
How do you all like your tea? Strong or weak? Black, green or herbal? And what do you like to nibble on with your tea? I’d love to know! Hoping you all are safe and well. ❤