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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Lotus aroma in a cup of tea

Text & photos by Hieu Truong

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Lotus flowers are grown all over the country, and preparing lotus tea is popular nationwide. However, Hue-style lotus tea is something special thanks to its aroma, cool and sweet taste.

Tran Thi Thanh Nhi comes from a family with a tea tradition spanning generations. Working as a researcher and teacher of Vietnamese culture and a tea artisan, she realizes that preparing and enjoying tea is a way of preserving traditional values.

She has opened a tea house on Nguyen Thien Thuat Street in Hue City to promote traditional tea to locals and foreigners alike.

The panoramic view of blooming lotus flowers at Tinh Tam Lake in Hue City
Blossoming white lotus flowers at Hue Imperial Citadel
Tea artisan Thanh Nhi poses with a lotus farmer
Put tea in lotus flowers
Classify types of tea before preparing lotus tea
Prepare lotus leaves for packing the flowers with tea inside
Pack lotus flower tea
Finished product
Teapot used for lotus tea
Tea artisan Thanh Nhi enjoys lotus tea at Tinh Tam Lake
The tea artisan shares her expertise on how to prepare lotus tea
Thanh Nhi won a prize at a tea competition in 2019

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