How to make the Yunnan three-course tea?

Updated: Apr 22, 2021

The traditional three-course tea is a tea that you must try when you travel to Dali, Yunnan. Follow us to get the recipe and make it home.

three-course tea from Bai people in Yunnan
three-course tea from Bai people in Yunnan

Most of the tea-producing areas in Yunnan are located in areas alongside ethnic minority communities. Producing many great local cuisines. Next, we will share with you how to make three-course tea, a speciality amongst the Bai people, it begins with a bitter tea, followed by a sweet tea, and finished with a tea with a good aftertaste. The teas are enjoyed as part of a tea session one after another, enjoying a small cup of each.


The first tea in this trio is a bitter tea. A strong and bitter tea caused by roasting the tea leaves on low heat, it’s ready when the leaves become slightly yellow and fragrant, the boiling water is poured into the teapot to make a rich tea infusion. The tea is strong and bitter.


The second tea is sweet tea, which is made from tea buds and walnut kernels, roasted Yunnan goat cheese, candied sugar candy or honey, etc., and is brewed in boiling water. This tea is sweet and light.


The third tea is for the aftertaste. It is made from tea leaves and ginger flakes, pepper, cinnamon powder, brown sugar, etc. and brewed in hot boiling water. This tea has spicy, sweet, and bitter tastes.


Bitter tea

Ingredients:

3g Dianhong

100ml water


Method:

1. In a dry pan, toast the tea leaves until fragrant, and slightly yellow;

2. Add boiling water;

3. Brew and infuse for 1 minute;

4. Strain and serve.


Sweet tea

Ingredients:

3g Dianhong

5g walnuts

1 tablespoon brown sugar

100ml water

Method:

1. In a pan add water, brown sugar, and walnuts, bring to boil over medium heat;

2. Add tea and brew and infuse for 1 minute;

3. Strain and serve.


‘Aftertaste’ tea

Ingredients:

3g Dianhong

A thumb of ginger

5 peppercorns

5ml honey

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

100ml water


Method:

1. Add water to a pan, followed by everything except the tea;

2. Bring to a boil on medium heat, and then put it onto simmer for 5 minutes;

3. Add the tea and let it brew and infuse for 1 minute;

4. Strain and serve.


Note: The above methods are simple versions.

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