You don’t have to look hard to find a tea house in Hong Kong. An authentic tea house, though, takes some sleuthing both online and offline. House of Life Teahouse, located in an industrial building in Kwun Tong, is one such tea house that provides a genuine experience of Chinese tea.
House of Life Teahouse gets its name from Ren Jian Shi, the fourth chapter of an ancient Daoist text called the Zhuangzi. The concept of the tea house echoes Daoist values and aims to provide a calm environment with emphasis on healthy and spiritual nutrition through artisan tea, vegetarian and pescatarian food and refined desserts.
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With a spacious venue, you would expect House of Life Teahouse to be filled to the brim with people. But on weekends, the tea house is quiet, usually with only one or two diners. Tatami-style tables are spread along the outer edge of the room, providing a comfortable atmosphere next to the window to people-watch while enjoying a cup of tea.
The decor is minimalist, with wooden accents and natural elements laid sparsely out around the space. Near the entrance of the tea house, a line of display shelves stands, showcasing a sizable collection of tea supplies that are available for purchase at a premium price. If you have plenty of cash to spare, you could walk away with your own traditional handmade teapot after your meal.
Like typical teahouses in Hong Kong, House of Life Teahouse offers full course meals in addition to artisan teas. Main courses include options that are mostly Japanese-inspired, featuring rice plates topped with eel and scallop. In the late afternoon, only salad and dessert is served.
House of Life Teahouse rotates between several varieties of cheesecakes on a weekly basis. Pictured is the Tofu Cheesecake, which proves to be the perfect accompaniment to the Lavender Tea, a light and delicate brew suitable for those who can’t take caffeine in the afternoon. If you’re interested in the stronger Chinese teas, make sure to come early as they will no doubt keep you up all night.
Forget the plethora of more popular tea houses in Hong Kong. If you’re looking for an authentic experience of Chinese tea in a quiet environment, then there’s no better place than House of Life Teahouse. Just be sure to visit during the weekend as lunchtimes on weekdays are crowded with office workers grabbing a meal!
House of Life Teahouse
Room A, 6/F, South Asia Commercial Centre, 64 Tsun Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
+852 3702 1526
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