Thursday, June 25, 2009

Blossom Tea @ San Francisco

"San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal. That is the whole truth." ~ William Saroyan

During our recent trip to San Francisco, one of our very close friend, R took us to a very quaint restaurant - The House of Nanking. The restaurant located on Kearny Street (between Jackson St. and Columbus Ave) is a quaint, tiny, no frills restaurant. The finest part of this restaurant is the space is hardly two-room setup, the place has stacked boxes of pantry within the eating space and around the cash register. The ambience is very rustic. Lights are dim and give you a feel of the old-world charm.

We found this amazing drink there known as the Blossom Tea. Served in large beer mugs with abundant helpings of warm water, the tiny blossom blooms as time passes and within half an hour, there is a mighty jasmine blossom staring in your face. One of the best things I have experienced in my culinary journeys thus far. The tiny plant oozing out bathing happily in warm water is truly a sight to see. I checked with my friends later and came to know that the Chinese Blossom Tea - Blossoms are available at Chinese grocery stores like Lion.

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