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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.


[User Picture]From: therealdrhyde
2009-06-09 08:55 pm (UTC)
There's some weird hippy tibetan thing on the corner of St James's Market and St Albans Street, in the bunch of grotty little back streets between Haymarket and Regent Street.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2009-06-10 01:49 pm (UTC)
I think that's the Tibet Foundation... though Google Streetview suggests there's a shop of some kind there, I think it's more about art/crafts than food. A shame; the Wikipedia article on Tibetan food makes it sounds quite interesting — barley is the staple rather than rice.
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