Chinese New Year at Comins Tea House - Bath

 

I will be completely honest with you, I don’t know much about Chinese New Year. With this in mind, I decided to put forward a few questions to Google before I commenced my blog post today. Skim over this paragraph if you are already better informed than I, and, I’ll meet you in a moment at Comins Tea House! But, if you are singing from the same hymn sheet as myself, then, did you know…

Chinese New Year officially begins on the 5th February and the festival concludes on the 19th February. The Chinese Zodiac (known as; Sheng Xiao) is based on a 12 year cycle (the zodiac cycle repeats itself all over again once the 12 years have passed), and, each year in that cycle is related to an animal sign. These zodiac animals play an integral part in Chinese culture - they can be used to “determine your fortune for the year, marriage compatibility, career fit, best times to have a baby, and so much more.” This year marks the Year of the Pig - the twelfth of all the zodiac animals, which happens to represent the symbol of wealth in Chinese culture. According to my online research, they also “have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life!” With this in mind, it’s time to raise a glass cup of tea to Chinese New Year 2019!

Comins Tea House Bath

I can’t think of a better destination to enjoy my mid-morning cup of tea than at Rob and Michelle Comins wonderfully calm and soothing tea house on Monmouth Street in Bath. I was excited to discover that they are celebrating Chinese New Year with a specially designed set menu featuring homemade pork and prawn wonton dumplings, followed by gorgeously sweet and sticky slices of coconut rice cake…

Comins Tea House Bath

If you haven’t experienced the art of tea preparation at Comins Tea House, then you simply must make a beeline for them the next time you plan a cake date in the city! In the meantime, take a peek, if you have a moment, at a prior post of mine, featuring a Japanese tea tasting class I attended there last autumn…

Comins Tea House Bath

Right, it’s time to get our chopsticks at the ready!

Comins Tea House Bath

I was really excited to introduce my sister to this wonderful venue earlier in the week. It wasn’t long before we were catching up over a week’s worth of hot gossip, whilst simultaneously putting the world to rights! In between sipping and chatting, we were soon presented with these melt-in-the-mouth wonton dumplings.

Comins Tea House Bath

There’s not much that will stop us both mid-conversation, but bring us these dumplings, and then, well…!

Comins Tea House Bath

We both happily polished off every last morsel before moving onto our sweet treats…

Comins Tea House Bath

When Rob brought over our ‘Nian Gao’, he explained that this cake is considered one of the most important cakes consumed during Chinese New Year. It is made with glutinous rice flour, which is symbolic of family unity, and, the auspicious diamond shape is meant to represent future prosperity.

Comins Tea House Bath

My sister and I both agreed that it reminded us of the best kind of brownie - all gooey on the inside with a crispy, crunchy surface? Yum! We concluded that the flavour was nutty with hints of caramel too. Deliciously unusual in both its taste and texture - when I next head back in, I am going to ask Rob for the recipe!

Comins Tea House Bath

It would be outrageous of you to visit Comins Tea House without ordering one of their homemade white chocolate matcha cookies from the counter! You may decide to eat the cookie alongside your tea (and this delicious set menu, like us!) or, rest it in your shopping bag for your trip home. Either way, don’t leave without one!

Comins Tea House Bath

Although I believe this ‘Lunar New Year Special Set Menu’ is on for a limited time only, I would definitely suggest popping in pronto to lock your lips around those irresistible wonton dumplings and immensely pleasurable Nian Gao, if it’s still available!


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