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Looksee Looksee - December Menu

This month we are pairing tea with Adzuki beans. Adzuki beans are small red dried beans often found in Chinese and Japanese cuisines. The name comes from the Japanese language and is pronounced as "azuki".

Adzuki beans are commonly paired with Japanese green teas because the natural sweetness of the beans complements very nicely the strong umami profile of the green teas, creating a very complex and enjoyable pairing.

All teas are single estate green teas from Shizuoka, Japan.

1. Gyokuro 

2. Fukamushi Sencha 

3. Kukicha 

4. Hojicha

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At Looksee Looksee you'll find titles curated by the top thought leaders across Singapore's creative industries such as F&B, art and design as well as a selection teas and tea accessories for sale! 
Tea service at Looksee Looksee operates on a gratuity basis only. We depend on your generosity to keep the tea salon going! 
We hope to see you #looksee2 soon!
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Looksee Looksee - November Menu

This month we are pairing tea with Calbee's 4 Fruits Maple Flavoured Fruits Granola (seasonal edition). 

Calbee's Granola is Japan's #1 best selling cereal. This nutritious Fruits Granola is a great start of your day because of all the mixed dried fruits. 

Ingredients: mixed dried fruits, walnuts, maple sugar, sweet potato, cornflour. 

1. Single Estate Green Tea | Hojicha

2. Single Estate Oolong | Tie Guan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy)

3. Single Estate Black Tea | Black Tea Premium

4. Pu'erh | Ripe Pu'erh from Yunnan

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At Looksee Looksee you'll find titles curated by the top thought leaders across Singapore's creative industries such as F&B, art and design as well as a selection teas and tea accessories for sale! 
Tea service at Looksee Looksee operates on a gratuity basis only. We depend on your generosity to keep the tea salon going! 
We hope to see you #looksee2 soon!
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Bi Luo Chun Junbucha

Recently one of our tea loving customer reached out to us via Facebook messenger and us asked for some green tea recommendation for brewing Junbucha.
A little on Junbucha ... also known as Jun Tea - a ferment made with honey and green tea instead of black tea and sugar (which is what Kombucha is made of). Fun fact: Jun Tea is also known as the “Champagne of Kombucha”!
We recommended Annie the Bi Luo Chun from our Pure Tea collection as we felt that it was a very delicate but yet flavourful green tea and based on it's flavour profile, it would work well with some fermentation. 
We were so pleased to hear back from Annie that her version of Junbucha ( Please Note: Annie feeds her scoby with raw sugar instead of honey. Officially, Junbucha is made by feeding scoby with honey) made with Bi Luo Chun turned out well! In her own words, “Bi Luo Chun is a very nice tea. It’s very smooth and sweet. It does not have any bitter after taste. I did a second fermentation with apple … very nice when chilled. My family like the taste and it tastes better with Bi Luo Chun than the Japanese green tea I tried previously.” 
We were even more thrilled when she told us her children loved it too! She was extremely kind to even share with us her homemade recipe and we thought for the sake of spreading the love of tea, we’ll share it with all of you too! 
Here you go!
Annie’s Recipe
Please Note: Annie feeds her scoby with raw sugar instead of honey. Officially, Junbucha is made by feeding scoby with honey. 
Ratio:
700ml @ 90°C hot water
3grams of Bi Luo Chun (Chinese green tea)
3 tablespoon raw sugar (for authentic Junbucha, replace with honey)
100ml starter
1 Jun Scoby
Instructions:
Leave for 4 days (or hints of sourish).
Remove scoby and add 1 apple for another 2 days
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Looksee Looksee - October Menu

This month we are pairing tea with Hainanese Kaya by Glory

Glory's Hainanese Kaya with Honey is a sweet and creamy coconut jam, suitable for tarts and pastries or topped on glutinous rice as a dessert. It's sweetened with honey. It's a perfect kaya spread to be paired with tea and toast! 

Ingredients: Coconut extract, egg, modified tapioca starch, honey, pandan juice and pandan flavour. 

1. Pu'erh | Ripe Pu'erh 

2. Single Estate Green Tea | Hojicha

3. Single Estate Oolong | Tie Guan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy)

4. Single Estate Black Tea | Black Tea Premium

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At Looksee Looksee you'll find titles curated by the top thought leaders across Singapore's creative industries such as F&B, art and design as well as a selection teas and tea accessories for sale! 
Tea service at Looksee Looksee operates on a gratuity basis only. We depend on your generosity to keep the tea salon going! 
We hope to see you #looksee2 soon!
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Why drink pure tea?

Pure teas refer to any tea that comes from only one tea estate or garden. Also known as single-estate teas.

In the words of Mary Lou & Robert J. Heiss, “Single-estate teas are the “single-malt Scotches” of the tea world – unblended.”

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For those of us who have been around in the world of tea recently, we have taken note that the pure tea (a.k.a single-estate tea) movement is spreading fast in Singapore

How Is Pure Tea Different?

Pure tea (a.k.a single-estate tea) is different from blended tea (e.g. Earl Grey / Breakfast Tea) because pure tea leaves come from only one tea estate or garden while blended teas is a combination of various teas, flowers, herbs and spices. For pure teas, there is nothing added to the leaves and you get to enjoy everything that it has to offer, without the flavours of other “mix-ins” interfering, like as in a blended tea.

Now, if you’re wondering which is better: pure tea or blended tea, the answer comes down to preference. Think of it this way: blended tea is like a good mixed drink or for some, a good cocktail. You get to enjoy the flavours of various teas, flowers, herbs and spices in one, and they combine to create flavour notes that you might not be able to enjoy when drinking a beverage created with just one ingredient.

On the other hand, pure tea (a.k.a single-estate tea) is a pure experience (hence the name), experience the most natural and unique flavours created by each tea estate. Pure teas are also sometimes marked with the name of the teas estate on which they were grown (e.g. Assam Dejoo), allowing you to dig a little deeper to understand and learn about the history of the tea and its growing region.

The Benefits of Pure Tea

Pure tea has many benefits, so there’s no excuse to not add in a cup of tea to your daily regime. To name just a few:

  • Exercise: When consuming tea, studies have found that participants have increased endurance during exercise and have an improved ability to burn fat!
  • Heart: It's been shown in studies that drinking tea regularly can reduce the risk of heart attacks.
  • Antioxidants: Studies and research have shown that antioxidants in tea could help prevent many different kinds of cancers and other body issues.
  • Free Radicals: According to studies, tea helps fight free radicals, which lead to quicker ageing and damage to your DNA.
  • Hydration: Obviously, tea is a great way to get hydrated any time of day and take in a little more water.
  • Parkinson’s: Studies have shown that regular tea drinkers are thought to have a reduced risk of Parkinson’s Disease.
  • UV Protection: Studies have shown that it could be possible for certain things in tea to help protect your skin from UV rays.
  • Diabetes: According to research, tea is possible beneficial to those with Type 2 Diabetes, suggesting that compounds in tea can help them process sugars better.
  • Bones: Tea has been found in studies that drinking tea does improve bone strength and mineral density, leading to better bone health!

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