Hello! I hope there are still people out there reading my blog. I know it has been a long time since the last post because I was busy with school and family issues and of course a little bit of laziness. Anyway, I’m back and that all matters, right? I came back to Vietnam for my long long long winter break. I’ve only stayed in Hanoi for 3 days and flew to Da Nang right away with my family to reunite with my brother for the holiday. I thought it would be hot in here but the weather is cool and kind of freezing at night. It rains too, it’s like Hanoi’s weather during Tet. Knowing that I have to stay here for a week, I started to look for places to go in both Da Nang and Hoi An and Reaching Out Tea House got my attention immediately. We probably know that Hoi An is beautifully ancient and very unique. I, myself has traveled here so many times but never noticed this place. Located on Tran Phu Street (one of the main street in Hoi An), Reaching Out Tea House is not hard to find at all but compared to other houses, restaurants, or shops next door, it is not prominent because of the dim lighting and the sudden silence. To be honest, I almost missed the destination because I was too busy looking and taking pictures but gladly, the smell of tea and coffee pulled me back.
It was a full house today, there were so many people but mostly, tourists and foreigners. I had to move to the back to be able to find a table. Sadly, all the tables at the garden are wet since it was drizzling non stop for a couple days. My table was close to the back where the kitchen’s at so I can see how busy the staffs going in and out serving customers. Reaching Out Tea House is different and significant because the most of the staffs there are people with disabilities (some cannot hear, some cannot talk, some are both). Still, this doesn’t mean that they did not welcome me with a big smile on their faces. So to communicate with them, the house provides a box that has small blocks that have words on it such as: “Thank you”, “Bill”, “Hot Water”…or we can use our body language. Unfortunately, they were super busy that’s why I couldn’t get any picture of their beautiful faces. Me and my mom decided to order the Vietnamese Tea Tasting Set so we could try 3 out of 4 different kinds of tea: Jasmine Tea, Oolong Tea, and Herbal Tea.
When the staff brought us this set, what amazed me the most is the beautifully made teapots and teacups. Those are all handmade by disabled craftspeople. I mean, just look at the gloss and the details of the pots.
Green Tea Coconut
The art of having tea is the patience while waiting for the dry tea leaves to absorb the hot water and then create the perfect balanced tea. While waiting, I got some green tea coconut snack and ginger cookies. These sweets are also made by physically impaired Vietnamese people. Coconut treat is a traditional sweet during Vietnamese’s New Year aka Tết but green tea coconut sounds a little bit more exciting. At first, I thought the green tea was going to be the matcha green tea powder from Japan, which everyone loves but when I had the first bite, the taste of the green tea was so light and not-so-sweet; it was something more Vietnamese-ish. I’ve never had anything quite like this before. The ginger cookies are made in the form of “Langues de Chat” but to spice things up, they put ginger in it and create the impeccable combination.
By the time we were done tasting the appetizing snacks, the tea was ready. For the Herbal Tea, it is made from the tiny little seeds instead of the dry tea leaves so to separate the seeds from jumping in the water, we use a tool and in this case, the gold lotus leave.
Different than the atmosphere outside in the garden, the inside with low lighting was so antique and vintage with the advantage of Reaching Out Tea House is already located in an ancient townhouse in Hội An. All those items are available for purchasing. Stay tuned until the end for more information.
The main bar although was very busy but it hardly made any noise. Everything moved in a quick pace and in silent.
I’ve read so many reviews about the coffee here therefore I made myself comeback to Reaching Out Tea House the second time to have a taste. I got a better sitting and the view this time since the weather got so much better from these rainy days.
I ordered the mocha coffee and look what I got! A beautiful set of coffee. If you don’t know, Vietnamese coffee is very distinctive. The thing above the coffee cup is called “phin” where we both grounded coffee in with hot water and put it above the cup for the coffee to slowly drop down. It collects the best quality of coffee.
It smelled incredible! The smell already wakes you up. I prefer what American called “latte” which is coffee that adds milk in it but in Vietnam, we put condensed milk instead of whole milk or 2 percent or half and half.
I took the first sip and it was everything that I need in the morning. My energy boosted up very fast and with a good book like “Pride and Prejudice”, I could not be any happier. Lost in the reading, I forgot that time has passed so I got myself a Zesty Tasty Lime Juice. When the staff brought me my juice, like normal, I expected it to be mixed with sugar already but it was extremely sour. In this case, it is a good thing because in Vietnam, they barely fill you cup all the way with fresh juice and water; it is usually half of ice cubes, 3 squeezes of lime and 3 tablespoon of sugar.
I told myself that I could’ve stayed for hours because I don’t usually get my own private space living in a dorm or with my parents at home. Let’s take a tour around Reaching Out Tea House with me.
I know that in the future I will comeback to Hoi An and Reaching Out Tea House always has a place in my heart for its exclusive and full of warm love. If you happen to be around and need to be in silent for awhile, you will be pleased coming in.
Location: 8/10 Delivery: No
Service: 10/10 Take out: No
Food: 9/10 Price: $$$
131 Trần Phú Street, Hội An.
You can also visit the Reaching Out Craft House where you can buy all the pretty pottery at 103 Nguyễn Thái Học Street. For more information, please visit Reaching Out’s website.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Until next time, stay freaky.