Eating Gyokuro leaves

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Eating Gyokuro leaves

Postby Maneki Neko » Feb 8th, '13, 01:05

Because it would be such a pity to throw away the precious Gyokuro leaves after steeping, I always eat them. Anyone else doing this? :D

I think they're really tasty on their own, but also combined with rice.

I'm SLIGHTLY concerned about potential traces of Fukushima radioactivity though... But I get my teas from Yuuki-Cha and they have a section on the safety issues. Besides, my Gyokuro is from Uji, which has apparently not been affected.

Another simple and tasty recipe I make is rice noodles + Gyokuro leaves (+ nori seaweed flakes if I'm in the mood) + bouillon from a vegetarian stock cube. A healthy afternoon snack :wink:

You guys have some more recipes? Let's share them here :mrgreen:

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Re: Eating Gyokuro leaves

Postby Chip » Feb 8th, '13, 01:24

I usually will just serve them up right after brewing around 5 steeps with a little soy sauce.

I will also add them to homemade steamed or fried rice. And have added them to eggs, homemade Asian soups.

Pretty basic recipes.

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Re: Eating Gyokuro leaves

Postby Maneki Neko » Feb 8th, '13, 01:40

A Gyokuro omelette... yummy :!:

That's gonna be on the menu tomorrow :wink: Thanks for the inspiration Chip.

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Re: Eating Gyokuro leaves

Postby Tead Off » Feb 8th, '13, 06:10

pickle 'em.

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Re: Eating Gyokuro leaves

Postby Maneki Neko » Feb 9th, '13, 01:03

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Re: Eating Gyokuro leaves

Postby Maneki Neko » Feb 9th, '13, 01:06

And even the laptop is Japanese!

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Re: Eating Gyokuro leaves

Postby Maneki Neko » Feb 9th, '13, 01:23

Ohh, awesome! The mixing with the rice has brought out the 'oceanic' side of Gyokuro! It smells like Matcha :P

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Re: Eating Gyokuro leaves

Postby Chip » Feb 9th, '13, 01:27

Yummmm ... :P

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Re: Eating Gyokuro leaves

Postby aeflo » Feb 14th, '13, 08:59

i usually eat the leaves adding some of this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponzu :)

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Re: Eating Gyokuro leaves

Postby Chip » Feb 14th, '13, 12:24

aeflo wrote:i usually eat the leaves adding some of this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponzu :)

Yeah, I hear Ponzu is the way to go if you can find it ... or the ingredients to make your own.

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Re: Eating Gyokuro leaves

Postby Maneki Neko » Feb 14th, '13, 21:08

I felt like I should try that, since I am Dutch.

But I'm also a strict vegetarian and it contains tuna... :(

However, the combination of tea leaves and citrus sounds delicious, and it's said the nutrients in tea are more easily absorbed when combined with lemony/acidic stuff. So for me lemon juice or syrup would be a great alternative to try out :)

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Re: Eating Gyokuro leaves

Postby SlientSipper » Feb 15th, '13, 03:42

Maneki Neko wrote:I felt like I should try that, since I am Dutch.

But I'm also a strict vegetarian and it contains tuna... :(

However, the combination of tea leaves and citrus sounds delicious, and it's said the nutrients in tea are more easily absorbed when combined with lemony/acidic stuff. So for me lemon juice or syrup would be a great alternative to try out :)



It does sound delicious but, I also heard that if you mix it with anything else it will alter the chemical harmony ruining the nutrients.

At least with milk it will do that.

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Re: Eating Gyokuro leaves

Postby Maneki Neko » Feb 15th, '13, 09:24

How about soy milk I wonder? These days I make my chai with that.

In Austria and Switzerland you often get a little sachet of lemon juice with your (black) tea. I assume lemon is kinda suited to tea and doesn't mess with the nutrients that much.

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Re: Eating Gyokuro leaves

Postby Suutej_Tsaj » Feb 15th, '13, 13:09

Maneki Neko wrote:I felt like I should try that, since I am Dutch.

But I'm also a strict vegetarian and it contains tuna... :(


Combining soy sauce and lemon juice works just fine. You can also add coriander if you like the taste.
Regarding milk or lemon messing with the nutrients, I know caseine blocks the effects of catechins therefore soy milk should be okay. Vitamin C in lemons, oranges and the like helps the body absorbing iron but I don't know of other possible side effects.

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