Thursday, 4 February 2010

Warming Myself in Leh


I had an opportunity to try Sorig tea, a Tibetan herbal tea, when I visited Leh last year.


Sorig tea, Tenzin Dickey Tibetan Restaurant, Fort Rd, Leh - 22 May, 2009

I had visited Spituk, a nearby town, in the morning, and returned to Leh for a late lunch, picking a Tibetan restaurant called Tenzin Dickey Tibetan Restaurant, which I hadn't eaten at before. I noticed signs advertising Sorig tea, which I hadn't heard of before, taped to the walls. I hadn't seen it listed in other Leh restaurants either.


So I ordered a plate of fried veg cheese momos (Rs.60) followed by Sorig tea (Rs.20). The momos were good, but got boring fast. I find Tibetan food bland as a whole, and the momos seemed to be more of a snack, something to be munched on in between drinks, than an actual lunch.

And then came the tea. It was pretty good, with a taste that's hard to describe. It sort of warmed me up, and maybe even served as a laxative later on in the evening. Sorig tea can be found wherever Tibetan settlements exist, and I'm told you can buy boxes in McLeod Ganj, among other places.

Do you have any interesting tea experiences?


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9 comments:

karan a said...

Soring Tea... going by description, it sounds cool... will try sometime...

Vineeta said...

Thats a good info especially when i m planning a trip this year! Thanks!

Daniel D'Mello said...

Thanks guys, I'll be putting up a travel itinerary on Ladakh soon so people will know what to do & where to go.

salaamreaders said...

I had not heard of this tea earlier. Sounds good enough to try.

Daniel D'Mello said...

It's always good to try new things.

Pallav said...

nice

Daniel D'Mello said...

Thanks Pallav.

Asha Ramanathan said...

Hmm.... tea stories... I once ordered Turkish Apple tea at a Turkish restaurant. They served me apple juice from a tetrapak, slightly warmed. Atleast, thats what it tasted like - blech. The real Turkish Apple tea is very fragrant and delicate though - I bought some leaves from a gourmet tea shop so I can vouch for that.
The worst tea I have tasted though, has Got to be Lapsang Souchong. Its got a really weird taste - bitter and almost burnt.

Daniel D'Mello said...

I do not like apple juice, especially the soda variety. Can't imagine what the tea would be like. Something like warm apple-flavoured water? Lapsang Souchong is Chinese right?

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