12 August 2012

1.6 Chai

Tea vendors were a common sight at The Grand Bazaar or in other public places in Istanbul. They walked around the market asking people if they would like a cup of Turkish tea, which most likely they would, for their sweet taste buds. A tiny cup of tea with two sugar blocks would satisfy them. 

A reason why the cup is in that shape is so that people can hold the cup by its rim to avoid the fingers from being burned. The tea itself got its popularity after the WWI when coffee was scarce and expensive. Atatürk recommended tea and people turned to it. I say, it is best enjoyed with lokum or other Turkish sweet delicacies for afternoon tea. 
Chai is tea, so chai tea equals tea tea. Empty cups. Don't let me be.
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