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Chai masala (spiced tea). [Jun. 5th, 2009|03:37 pm]
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Hello! I have a puzzle, and perhaps you can help me with it!

I had dinner at one of the Indian cafes on East Ham High Street the other day, and I had a cup of masala tea afterwards. It came in a vessel like the ones pictured — a metal cup inside a metal bowl/saucer.

That wasn't the confusing part, though; the confusing part was that the tea had been poured into the cup so it overflowed into the bowl. Is this normal? I know some British people like to drink their tea out of the saucer, and I seem to remember that there are various drinks around the world that are customarily poured to overflowing (e.g. sake served in a cup inside a cedar box). I haven't heard of this for masala tea before, though. It also made it a bit awkward to drink, since the bottom of the cup dripped every time I lifted it up.

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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-06-05 03:34 pm (UTC)
Fantastic, thank you! So I should take the cup out of the saucer, set it down on the table, and then just drink from the saucer?

Incidentally, I am feeling the urge to visit Ilford again... would you like to either talk me out of it or meet up with me somewhere in the area, preferably the latter? :)
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[User Picture]From: rozallin
2009-06-05 03:48 pm (UTC)
Yep. It seems counter-intuitive, since the main point of a saucer in this country is to avoid covering the table/tablecloth in rings and drips, but that's how you drink it. It's perfectly acceptable to abdandon drinking from the saucer after a while once the chai in the cup has cooled enough, if you find the saucer awkward to drink from.

Funnily enough, I was just about to write a post about meeting up with friends, since I've been non-social for a couple of months and I feel the need for company. I'm busy with "the book", work (upcoming AGM on Monday) and revising for a Java exam in mid-June, but after that I have a pretty clear calendar. Is there anywhere in Ilford you wanted to try?
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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-06-05 04:28 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks so much for the info.

Re meeting up — yay! I have my eye on Mandarin Palace, but Kanchans also needs a proper RGL review. Some time in the latter half of this month would be good for me. I can't do Monday evenings, and I'm busy on Thursday 18th, Saturday 20th, and Sunday 21st, but apart from that I'm free.
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[User Picture]From: pippaalice
2009-06-10 12:50 pm (UTC)
There is also a p;lace called, um, elephant royale in gants hill too that is lovely (It has a stream running thru it!) but expensive.

If you do go ilford eating let me know when (Um if you don't mind me joining you! ;))
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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-06-10 01:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, Elephant Royale — I just read a review of the Isle of Dogs one the other day, and it mentioned they had a Gants Hill location too!

Will definitely let you know... it would be great to have you along.
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