Tea is inseparable from Indonesian culture. Historically, tea’s second home was Indonesia, after the Dutch smuggled the prized Chinese plant (fifty years before the British did the same for India). Java became the site of the first European colonial tea gardens outside of China.
While there was no indication of a formal ceremony, my association with tea in Bali was deep-seated. I awoke each morning on the island to the sound of wild tropical tones and unambiguous rooster calls, thereafter gazing out upon the rice farmers as they began their long unabating days. Tea became a natural accompaniment to that opening backdrop. Thusly, our meal begins.


Begin by selecting a fresh, high-quality aromatic Indonesian tea, such as a West Java Green or Sumatra Oolong Barisan. Heat a pot of water to desired temperature (140°F for Green or 185°F for Oolong), remove from heat, and splash a small amount into a tea pot to shock and “awaken” the leaves, pouring water out immediately. Keep the ratio to about 1 Tablespoon (or 3 grams) tea leaves per 8oz. water. Serve warm.


from Sensus Presents: Malaikat - The Bali Project, released January 31, 2016


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SENSUS is a multi-sensory experience in which specific music and food are composed in order to relate to each other. These studio albums are the recorded music that is performed alongside their dishes, as explained in the individual track descriptions. The accompanying menu is provided with recipes for your own re-creating enjoyment. Thank you for supporting this multi-art synchronizing concept. ... more

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