T30 Kungfu Teahouse
30 Temple St S(058575)
This quaint little teahouse is definitely one of those hidden gems for tea lovers. My boyfriend stumbled upon this place and decided that we should give it a try since both of us enjoy drinking tea, and the ambience was more than perfect for a relaxing afternoon.
Upon walking into the teahouse, there’s a Zen-ish sort of feeling that falls over you. There’s soft music playing in the background, accompanied with soft natural lighting (if you visit in the day). The tables are few and well spread out so each customer wouldn’t be disturbing the other. The chairs are plushy and comfortable, and the staff (only one present during our visit) was extremely kind. It would be a wonderful experience for anyone looking to unwind or to do some thinking.
We went for the afternoon lunch set, and got the ginseng oolong tea. The food wasn’t great, so I’m guessing people visit for the ambience and the tea, cause that’s what I would come here for.
The brewing of the tea is the cool part cause you get to do everything yourself, from boiling of the water to steeping the tea in a small cup, filtering the tea, and drinking out of the cute tiny traditional cups. If you’re unsure of how the process goes, the staff will be more than willing to demonstrate, but you should definitely try brewing the tea by yourself at least once or you’ll just be missing out on all the fun!
Here’s a picture of the tea set which I think is super cute! I especially love drinking out of little teacups because it reminds me of the kungfu masters in Chinese/HK TV shows, where they sit around all day, stroking their beards, laughing along with each other and downing their tea in such small cups. It’s very… traditional, I would think.
And of course, the main thing would be the tea, which I believe many customers come here for. Many patrons in the teahouse looked like returning customers, and seemed very knowledgeable about the different Chinese teas and brewing methods. We chose the ginseng oolong. It was good, and I felt that there was a sweet aftertaste to the tea, which was very pleasant, but as much as I like drinking tea, I’m nowhere close to being an expert in distinguishing their tastes.
There are lots of teas to choose from, and if you are spoilt for choice, you could get the staff to recommend some to you, based on your preferences.
Here’s the dim sum set, which like I said, wasn’t all that spectacular. The items were pretty dry and the custard in the custard bun had dried up, so it wasn’t a good experience biting into that one. However, the osmanthus jelly was really really good. It had a slightly chewy texture and a very refreshing taste. I really liked that.
So, that’s all for this teahouse! I would recommend coming here for the quality teas and wonderfully relaxing ambience, but if you’re looking for some good dim sum, this wouldn’t be the place for you. However, you could always come here after your meal to chill!