Pantjoran Tea House
Dedicated for tea lovers
A Leaf of History
“We built our tea house in the heart of old town Batavia (now Jakarta), the busiest trading port in Asia during the 17th – 18th century and the symbol of enterprise that nurtures the fighting spirit of Indonesia until today. In the capital of Indonesia that bustles with activity, we sought to provide a place of refuge for a man of any background to rejuvenate the soul.” – Pantjoran Tea House.
Today we will have a great tea journey with the peaceful ambience around one of main tourism destination in old town area. What will be pop up first in your top of mind when we talk about tea? Twinings or TWG? Neither the British nor Singaporean tea. There is no chamomile tea for today’s menu. Let’s try this Chinese traditional tea.
This building divided into two floors, the first floor there are tea ceremony table, tea shop gallery, and cashier spot with traditional drug store’s ornament. Move forward to the second floor there is more spacious dining room that could also either use for tea ceremony or private event that will be separated by partition ornament.
When we go up to the second floor, we will see this portrait above the stair. Anyway, I’ve ever saw this image in one of temporary exhibition held by Indonesian National Gallery. Then somehow this portrait more likely invite you to the other place far away from the real one.
We tried some chef recommendation menu that are Black Pepper Beef, Sapo Seafood, Beet Root Fried Rice, Hakao, and Refreshing Oolong. For me Black Pepper Beef here was the most tender I’ve ever tried and Beet Root Fried Rice was really tasty moreover there was no oil flavor left.
Beside the first portrait above the stair, there are the others ornament that support calm ambience that will make you want to stay longer here. There are several big windows which is you can enjoy your dining while staring at the street. Accompanied by hanging light bulb and red lantern side by side harmoniously with some portraits and display of tea ceremonial set.
Glimpse into Chung Hwa Pharmacy which founded in 1928 right at the entrance of Chinatown. Precisely in December 2015 the former Chung Hwa Pharmacy building has been revitalized by the Jakarta Old Town Revitalization Corporation (JOTRC) with architect Ahmad Djuhara, this is to support the Old Jakarta area as the world cultural heritage site by UNESCO. And make this building as a tea shop with the name Pantjoran Tea House.
Gaiwan is chinese lidded bowl without handle used for the infusion of tea leaves and the consumption of tea. This Gaiwan has a fish pattern.
A teapot is a vessel used for steeping tea leaves or herbal mix in boiling or near-boiling water, and for serving the resulting infusion which is called tea. This teapot is made of clay.
P.S. If you interested with the merchandise but still didn’t have a time to visit yet, don’t hesitate to visit Pantjoran Tea House website then visit their Merchandise page. The further contact of Pantjoran Tea House available in the below section.
Pantjoran Tea House at a Glance
The free tea presentation, known as the Patekoan tradition (eight teapots), began with Kapitan Gan Djie and his wife who always put eight teapots for traveling merchants and people who were tired and wanted to take shelter. This tradition is again carried out by the tea house owner to pour back the spirit of diversity and sharing solidarity.
What do you know about tea types? What tea have you tried? Each type of tea has different efficacies. Pantjoran Tea House is ready to provide knowledge and experience of drinking tea that will not be forgotten.
Definitely, I will try tea ceremonial for my next visit. Nevertheless, I still didn’t have decision which one type of tea will be selected due to all types of tea have their own great benefit for health.
Black tea is a type of tea that is more oxidized compared to green tea, oolong, and white tea. In general, this tea has the strongest flavor. In Chinese, black tea is a classification commonly used for post-fermented tea, such as Phu Erl tea.
South Yunnan Province specialized in growing types of Phu Erl tea. This tea is taken from a large, old tree. The leaves that fall around the tree will become fertilizer for the tree itself. Because it is grown without the help of chemicals, Phu Erl tea is called the best tea of all kinds.
Black tea’s benefit: Prevent diabetic, reduce cholesterol level, and reduce the risk of stroke and blood pressure.
Colored between green and black, Oolong tea is also known as Dark Green Tea. Oolong tea is a semi-oxidizing tea, which is dried in the hot sun and aerated to wither. Shredded during oxidation and then formed to stop oxidation.
The name Oolong, which is read by Wu Long, means "Black Dragon", which is derived from the legend of the discovery of a good and docile black dragon on a tea tree that has never been cultivated. The farmer who saw the black dragon became curious and then picked the tea and processed it into Oolong tea.
Oolong tea’s benefit: Protect skin from the sun and cigarettes, facilitate digestion, prevent tooth decay, and helps in losing weight.
Green tea is a type of tea that does not undergo an oxidation process. This tea has a high antioxidant content and is useful in preventing cancer. In addition, green tea is also beneficial for increasing metabolism and bone density. Moreover, the other benefit is to reduce brain damage after a stroke.
In the Heart of Pantjoran Tea House
Find Pantjoran Tea House in old town Jakarta for an authentic journey into tea.
Jl. Pancoran No.4-6 Glodok Tamansari 9, RT.9/RW.5, Pinangsia, Kec. Taman Sari, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11120
Monday: Closed |
Tuesday – Friday: 11 AM – 8 PM
Weekends & Holidays: 7 AM – 9 PM
For further information or reservation:
Phone: +6221 – 6905 904, WhatsApp: +62812 9765 4000
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