So, Chinese/Lunar New Year recently passed and my landlord was kind enough to invite me over to share supper with her and her son on the first night – we had some really delicious dumplings, though despite her saying they were vegetarian I’m quite confidant there was some type of meat in them. I don’t think it was malicious, but more part of a language barrier…
(I ended up feeling pretty sick the weekend after, but I don’t know if that’s related or not)
While there, she served us some lemon verbena tea with the meal and the soothing citrus notes were actually really delicious with the cilantro mixed into the dumplings. For those wondering, I did eat them – I was morally conflicted, but since I didn’t know that they had meat in them for certain and I was a guest I felt like it would be really rude to refuse to eat. The thing that weirded me out about the tea, though, was that as delicious as it was it was served in a yixing pot. Like, I know I have some strange tea dedications for some of my yixing pots but I don’t know that I’ve actually seen or heard of anyone brewing herbal tea in yixing clay before? It kind of made me a little bit sad to see.
In other news I’m moving to a new apartment – one literally right across the street from the building that I’ve in now. However, more on that in a future tasting note.