When I lived and studied in Japan I joined the tea ceremony club of my high-school and while I always enjoyed tea before that, the ceremonial preparation and presentation aspect made me appreciate tea in a way that is probably very unique to Asian culture.
I have a weird love for tea and tea houses- it’s very calming to me. That said, I haven’t visited a tea house since I lived in Japan so I was more than happy to explore Hội An’s tea culture a bit more.
Could it really be THAT good?
I didn’t actually take the time and read any reviews, otherwise I would have probably known beforehand why Reaching Out is so popular and such an amazing place.
“Reaching Out was established in 2000 with the vision of providing opportunities for people of disability (PWD’s) to learn skills and gain meaningful employment so that they are able to integrate fully with their communities and lead independent and fulfilling lives.”
When you enter the tea house you’ll notice that it’s quiet apart from the occasional whispers here and there and the busy outside noises.
Most of the servers have a hearing or speech impairment so you communicate by pointing to blocks of wood that are labelled with single words such as “cold water”, “hot water”, “thank you” or “bill, please”, which are provided on every table.
There are also paper and pen if you need to convey more than that to your waiter.
The concept, in my opinion, is absolutely amazing!
How good is it tough?
I ordered the Vietnamese Tea Tasting Set. For around 4 Pounds this was an absolute steal (I paid more to some fruits ladies on the street to just take a photo with them…).
Plus points for including Oolong tea in the set, which is one of my favorite teas dues to its health and weight loss properties. It’s also quite expensive to buy in the U.K.
The quality of the tea is great and I absolutely loved the sweets that were chosen to perfectly match each flavor of tea. I would have probably ordered more if I hadn’t still suffered from some mild food poisoning.
If tea isn’t really your thing but you like the concept of peace and quiet while supporting people with a disability, try some of their Vietnamese coffee’s or coffee tasting sets. They also have a range of delicious fruit juices and of course you can buy some of the coffee and tea sets which you see there as well as a range of locally sourced teas and coffee packs.