Bocha (Tibetan Tea) - What's It Like?
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Nov 12, 2012 9:46 PM
Bocha (Tibetan Tea) - What's It Like?Am going to a Tibetan restaurant tonight, and thinking of trying the Tibetan tea. I did read somewhere it tasted revolting (full of butter and stuff). So - have any of you gourmands here sipped it, what is it like? Nice, or would you file it under "Y" for the Yuk Bin?
Nov 12, 2012 11:19 PM
Nov 13, 2012 2:06 AM
2I found it something of an acquired taste...I really didn't like it the first 50 times ;-)
Still when you are in Tibet it is 'forced' on you everywhere (and every time you drink some your cup is refilled...you need to hold your hand over the top to stop them!)
After a week or two I started to think it was ok and after another week even to like it (a bit).
Not to the extent that I seek it out now though......
Nov 13, 2012 2:27 AM
Nov 13, 2012 2:57 AM
Nov 13, 2012 3:56 AM
Nov 13, 2012 6:15 AM
Nov 13, 2012 6:17 AM
Nov 13, 2012 7:29 AM
8What I had in Tibet was regular tea that was churned or shaken up with salt and yak butter. Milk optional.
Tibetans also drink a milk tea where tea, sugar & milk are boiled together. Or tea is boiled with sweetened condensed milk.
Now, Mongolian tea. That was different. Salted milk tea served with parched millet and mare's milk butter, preferably on the rancid side.
Nov 13, 2012 7:40 AM
Nov 13, 2012 9:45 AM
Nov 13, 2012 10:47 AM
11i think, unless you drink it at the source, they most probably tone it down! do try it and let us know what you found.
i enjoyed my pure yak butter tea experiences in Tibet (and Tibetan enclaves elsewhere in China), not sure how it's made elsewhere though.
speaking of which, i still have powdered yak butter tea brought back from Tibet!
Nov 13, 2012 4:52 PM
Nov 13, 2012 10:58 PM
Ha! One of the girls ordered it (asked for a small cup), was served in a mug. Took her a while to drink it. She didn't much like the first sip but said it wasn't so bad after a few sips. She also said it's better if drunk hot. She felt sleepy after.
Nothing like Chinese food. Much better - the food was wonderful. I had Sha Nyamo-Kyurmo, Tingmo followed by Ladu and a mango lassi. We had a great night.
Nov 14, 2012 5:14 AM
Glad you enjoyed it.
I don't know what these are, but when googling, the only hit I get is this restaurant in Northcote, Victoria, Australia.
Momo and lassi from their menu are typical Nepalese and Kashmere dishes/drinks. Still very close. Northern Kashmir is an extension of Tibet.
(0 star Hotel)
From US$16.00 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$72.00 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$150.00 per night