I just wanted to write a short post about one of my favourite places in Hong Kong – Teakha.
Tucked away on oh-so-trendy Tai Ping Shan Street in Sheung Wan, Teakha is the very definition of small but perfectly formed. It’s one of those places where you can just step in and feel the love – the cosy neighbourhood vibe, the jars of homemade scones perched on the counter, the pot of tea brewing on a stove and most importantly, the feeling of genuine heart and passion that has been poured into the place from start to finish.
Even better for non-coffee drinkers like me, there’s not one dreaded cocoa bean to be found inside! Teakha is all about the tea! Well… and some totally scrummy desserts too.
One bite of Teakha’s wonderful scones and you’ll be hooked. There seems to be a bit of debate as to whether these are scones in the traditional sense (some folks claim they’re too biscuit-y) – so let me just say as a Brit who lived in a house where scones were consumed on a daily basis for over twenty years, they sure taste like scones to me! Dense, buttery and very, very yummy… I don’t know if you could ask for more.
On my first visit, I tried the ginger scone and it’s just perfect. Served warm, it slips down in just a few happy, homely bites. Not too sweet, not too savoury, with little golden chunks of moreish candied ginger studded in a rich buttery base – a teeny spicy kick finishing off a taste of pure comfort and love. I’m one of those people that, when they love something so much, sees little point in exploring anything else… and I’ve been having the ginger scones ever since. I’ve since managed to get my auntie hooked on the things too; it may well have been the first time someone’s ordered ten to take away!
With the scone? A mug of masala chai. Always. As far as teas go, this is really something special – a magic brew of spices and herbs that gives you warm fuzzies that last all day long. I don’t normally like milky teas but this blend totally works for me; it’s a buzzy but mellow kind of spice, rather than being socked over the head with intense flavours (tea is farrrr too lovely to ever be so overbearing). Like the best cups of tea, it soothes the soul.
Tai Ping Shan Street is currently just at the tipping point where it still feels charmingly like old Hong Kong (even dodging the occasional hipster), and hopefully it can cling onto that for a few more years yet – with its lovely homemade feel, Teakha compliments the area rather than detracts from it. Prices are about your average coffee shop fare – around $35 for a drink and $20 for a scone, except I’d much rather support an independent venture built with soul rather than yet another identikit chain store.
I’ve spent many a morning setting the world to rights over my cuppa char here. Teakha is tiny and gets packed quickly so try and visit at non-peak hours, grab a table outside and watch the world go by. Alternately, get a scone to take away and enjoy a little piece of love wherever you desire.
Love tea? Check out my review of another Hong Kong tea heaven, TWG
Teakha, Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2858 9185
P.S. If you’re interested in finding out more about Teakha’s lovely founder Nana and the inspiring story behind how she started the business (she loves tea even more than I do!), read my interview with her here.