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Could this be the end of free tea in Chinese restaurants?

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Could this be the end of free tea in Chinese restaurants?

Flynn | Feb 7, 2003 01:01 PM

Stopped in for a quick lunch at Master Wok on 53rd Street and 2nd Avenue. Had a combination lunch special of vegetable bean curd soup and sesame chicken which was tasty and a good notch above the generic combo lunches served all over town. Anyway, I requested tea and the waiter asked if I wanted jasmine, green tea or house tea. He showed me the menu and the jasmine & green tea were $1.00 and the house tea was 60 cents. No big deal. I ordered jasmine.

When the tea arrived, it was served in a tea press; very similar to a coffee press but smaller. The waiter used the plunger to push the fresh tea leaves down. I had never seen this type of press before and on the bottom it had Chinese writing so perhaps it came from a restaurant supply house. This got me thinking that perhaps in the not-so-distant future these tea presses will become more common in Chinese restaurants and no more free tea.

Has anyone else been served the tea press?

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