December 15, 2015

yak butter tea pot

photo by Styrous® 

Butter tea, also known as po cha (Tibetan: བོད་ཇ་Wylie: bod ja, "Tibetan tea"), cha süma (Tibetan: ཇ་སྲུབ་མ་Wylie: ja srub ma, "churned tea"), Mandarin Chinese: sūyóu chá () or gur gur in local Ladakhi terms, is a drink of the people in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, India and Bhutan and most famously, Tibet. Traditionally, it is made from tea leaves, yak butter, water, and salt.    

 making butter tea in Tibet 
(see link below

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Yak butter is butter made from the milk of the domesticated yak (Bos grunniens). It is a staple food item and trade item for herding communities in south Central Asia and the Tibetan Plateau. Many different political entities have communities of herders who produce and consume yak's dairy products including cheese and butter – for example, China, India, Mongolia, Nepal, and Tibet.

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If you're drinking yak butter tea, you need a tea pot for it . . . 

yak butter tea pot
photos by Styrous® 

Michael Yamashita the making of yak butter tea       

butter tea recipe       

Styrous®  ~ Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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