Thursday, April 23, 2015

AtoZBlogChallenge:T is for Transportation, Tea and Tea Salad


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My theme this year is Burma AKA Myanmar. I used to live in Laos, so I looked forward to returning to Southeast Asia. I spent a little over three weeks exploring this country, learning a bit about its culture: its history, religion, and language. I thought others might enjoy some of what I learned and see some of what I saw.
Taxi Along the Irrawaddy River
Somehow I missed getting the side of the wagon that had the sign painted on it. The driver had a very large dark one that said TAXI. I could see it as the boat pulled up to the shore. Photographer fail!




But I got this one from a friend!


It was a bumpy ride, but we got to where we wanted to go and back to the boat safely. The driver told jokes, but I didn't get them. I'm not good in Burmese.


Burma has no shortage of Tea! And it's delicious. 



So is the Tea Salad. I ate that for every meal. 


Answers to what do you know about stupas?

T 1. The origin of the stupa is India, and at the center of these there's usually some kind of holy relic. (Usually it's a Buddha statue, but in ancient times they often put precious stones or other items that lured looters. Bad Karma for them.)

T 2. Pagoda is an umbrella term that includes stupas along with temples and other Buddhist structures. (The stupa usually has distinctive bell-shaped dome, but it's also considered a pagoda.)

NOW what do you know about tea in Burma?

T/F 1. When ordering tea, you should know what kind you want:sweet, strong, sweet and strong. There are many different combinations. 

T/F 2. You can order tea by the cup or bowl.


Answers tomorrow.

40 comments:

  1. Tea in my food. Not sure about that.
    I bet those are some bumpy taxi rides.

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  2. I love tea of all kinds, but I've not heard of tea salad! Nor experienced such a taxi - it might be bumpy, but I bet it was interesting.
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  3. Tea salad! I am not an adventurous eater at all, but I would try that! How cool!
    Katie @TheCyborgMom

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  4. Now that Taxi is what I call rustic :) Much more environmentally friendly than your average cab in London ;)
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  5. Tea and Tea salad? Sounds like Heaven.

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  6. Love that funky taxi. And I love tea. I will never forget the tea market in India.

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  7. Hi Lee - would love a ride in one of those ox wagons, while the tea leaf salad looks delicious ... while cups of tea when we feel like - always a good thing .. cheers Hilary

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  8. Tea salad? It sounds strange and strangely delicious!

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  9. Not much of a tea drinker (hot tea) but the salad looks delish! Love the fact that TAXI is in English. Get those tourists!!

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  10. I bet all that tea smells delicious. I love tea.

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  11. And why not tea salad? It is, after all, a green leaf when freshly picked. Don't know if you have to know what kind of tea you want when you order, but I bet it comes in both cups and bowls.

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  12. We recently hosted Japanese exchange students and they prepared quite a bit of food for us. Amazing how much green tea goes into every meal.

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  13. I love tea and I love salad, but I've never heard of tea salad. It looks delicious.

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  14. Okay, now I'm hungry! The stupa looks delicious too.
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  15. Tea Salad, that goes on my to try list. Nice pictures.

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  16. Tea salad? That sounds interesting! What's in it?

    Cute taxis. ;)

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    1. This is the recipe I got from a local Burmese restaurant.
      ½ cup loose green tea leaves
      2 lemons
      6-8 cloves garlic, divided
      1 jalapeno
      1T fresh ginger
      3 green onions
      1 tsp galangal
      1T sesame oil
      3T peanut oil,divided
      Pea shoots
      6 cups chopped romaine lettuce or cabbage
      Grape tomatoes
      Moong dal
      Roasted peanuts
      Sesame seeds
      Vegan fish sauce, optional (3T vegetarian oyster sauce+ 2T pineapple juice)
      Salt

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    2. YAY! I was going to ask this!! I HAD to know what would be in tea salad. Totally my kind of thing :)

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    3. Wait. Followup question. How does this all come together? I assume the tea leaves aren't crunchy? Do you soak them in the lemon juice and oil? It looks like everything up to the sesame oil would be for dressing, yeah?

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  17. Mmm tea. Better than coffee. But I'll take either, I'm easy.

    Love that taxi. What an experience going abroad must be.

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  18. I would love to go for a taxi ride in that:) The teas would be so good there and would try the tea salad. Hmmm so far 50% but I will say true to both of these questions:)

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  19. That's a lot of tea. That taxi looks like a rough ride and not very fast. I'm going to say true for both.

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  20. I have never seen so much tea in one place in my life! How cool! Never heard of a tea salad but since you had so many of them, I'm assuming they are better than good! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

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  21. Tea salad sounds fascinating! I think I'm going to try to make it! Had a cookbook w/ recipes for using green tea, because some people find it easier to take in with food rather than drinking it for the medicinal benefits. Food = medicine. I had the chance to listen to a tea talk by Kahu Lyons Naone, a Hawaiian cultural practitioner. The Hawaiian approach to tea and medicine was kind of mind blowing. He stressed the importance of protocols when picking medicine for tea, and not carelessly mixing teas for flavor without considering the effects of intermixing on the body. I'm going to include the direct link for this. www.mauijungalow.com/2015/02/hawaiian-healing-and-tea-with-kahu.html I know it's not part of the A to Z Challenge, but you might find it interesting. Your posts have been fascinating!

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    1. I loved reading what he had to say about healing and balance. This is wonderful. Thank you so much for posting the link here. I'm going to share it with others and maybe some of the people here will find it interesting, too.

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  22. That tea salad sure looks interesting!

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  23. Cool and informative post. To think, I've lived this long without tea salad. Ugh.

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  24. I enjoyed this so much I read it twice through. Made excellent reading.
    Yvonne.

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  25. Tea, yummy. I drink a lot. The salad looks delicious. The taxi looks like a bumpy way to travel. Better than walking though. Great pictures.

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  26. Those photos look great, and interesting read!

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  27. This sounds like an awesome place. Thanks so much for sharing all of this.

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  28. I love tea -- I would like to try tea salad!

    Yvonne

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  29. That taxi is awesome, with or without the taxi sign. Tea salad is new to me--thanks for giving us the recipe in the comments. I've added it to my "to try" list, the one that's not seeing any action until the end of April.:

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  30. Thanks for the tea salad recipe! What an adventurous taxi ride!

    Julie

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  31. Saved by a friend - the taxi on the side makes the whole cart! I LOVE tea, so that would be a bit of paradise for me.

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  32. with your colourful description and Yummy Tea Salads you have painted a beautiful picture of Burma

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  33. Tea salad? I'm not a fan of the taste of tea, so I probably wouldn't like it.

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  34. I can't get over that taxi! Love it. Had to pin.
    Great post.

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  35. I love my tea in liquid form.
    Tea salad? I'm not sure about this...
    Some really quaint transportation...

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