The Time of Tea

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IlliterateFoodCritic
London, UK91 contributions
Time for tea: 
It was raining so we ducked in the time for tea, a beautiful tea shop In china town. They served us the most delicious oolong and green tea. Not bitter at all it just kept on coming as I sat and relaxed listening to the calming music it was like a little sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of china town. Then the lesson began........I came out around 2 hours later after learning so much about tea, what's good for you what's not the health benefits, how to brew different teas it was great. I learned that I shouldn't be drinking green tea every day, I was also doing the exact opposite of what I needed to for my health and digestion. I came out after trying around 6 teas with the perfect one for me and my budget. With more questions regarding my health than ever before and a new found fascination with tea. Who'd have thought! 
Written January 12, 2012
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RoamATW
Austin, TX174 contributions
My 11yo daughter and I were on a 2-day stopover in Singapore. Headed straight to Chinatown, and we got SO lucky. We came across a tea house called The Time of Tea that offered lessons in the ancient--very serious!--art of tea ceremony. They had several students in there working, but they were so gracious about serving us some tea and giving Catherine a small lesson. It was very clear why people have to study this for so long--every single movement is prescribed and precise, and must be performed smoothly and gracefully, in a particular order. There was a surprising amount of geometry involved, because the position of everything (the cups, the teapot, the spout on the teapot, etc.) in relation to everything else (the fingers, the saucers, the elbows, etc.) is dictated by precise angles.

The teacher, Beijean Ong, was very nice, and obviously well respected by her students. They told us admiringly that she is very strict! Cat definitely learned that if she didn’t perform just so, the teacher would be quick to push her hand around with a chopstick! Cat had a great time and said she’d like to learn more about it.

Update December 2010:
We are home now and wanted to report that when we visited The Time of Tea, we purchased a tiny tea set as a memento of our great experience there. The ladies in the shop were happy to oblige our request to ship it home, as we were afraid to drag it around Australia with us for the next 5 weeks. The tea set arrived in perfect condition, and the ladies even telephoned us to make sure it was safe--we were so impressed and appreciative!

If you’re ever in Singapore, this is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon

If you want to see pictures, there are quite a few on our blog:
http://web.me.com/laurieorman
Written December 9, 2010
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sylvia2006
North Lakes, Australia230 contributions
Couples
After reading the reviews, my husband and myself made The Time of Tea a "must do" whilst we were in Singapore and we were not disappointed.

We sat down in this beautiful tea shop, whilst relaxing music played and was treated to an array of teas such as Green, Oolong, Yellow, White....followed by delicious traditional tea biscuits.

Beijean was a true artist in tea preparation and pouring and was a pleasure to watch, taking note to what we liked to drink/taste etc

We learned much about tea pouring, tea brewing and health benefits of each different tea, as different teas have different healing properties, but if you are not into that side of things, don't worry, they taste delicious - not bitter as some teas can be and also are aromatic, even a non tea drinker can be reformed here!

We walked out with an array of teas, ( no pressure into buying) and happily been tea brewing at home since returning to Australia.

Will I be back?
Yes!
Written April 25, 2012
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xiaochami22
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
Solo
Just to let all know, the shop is still at Blk 53 Chin Swee Road, #03-11...and with good teas.......;)
But the shop shall be closed on every Friday from 1st of June 2014. Perhaps it's better to drop them an email or call Tel: 6220 5620 before visiting?
Written June 1, 2014
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Seth G
New York9 contributions
Time of Tea moved from Lucky Plaza to Mosque Street in Chinatown. They have so much more room and are more wonderful than ever. It is one of the few places you can stop in to chat about tea. But more importantly, you can taste teas of excellent quality. I believe that they have the highest quality tea in Singapore.
Written May 24, 2010
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JohnP55
Liverpool, UK132 contributions
Friends
This little oasis of calm as well as good tea. This is a must for anyone who likes tea. Maybe you don't like tea, but if that's the case, are you making the tea the right way?
We spent a very enjoyable hour here, sampling so many teas as well as seeing demonstrations go making the tea as well as how to drink it.
As previous reviewer says, it is a relaxing experience too. And the chance to buy at reasonable prices too.
Written November 9, 2013
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Seth G
New York9 contributions
Business
I have been back to Time of Tea a few months ago and can report that they are as good as ever. Bel Jean's tea is a first quality and her recommendations should be followed.

They have moved to a new location which I am looking forward visiting on my next trip to Singapore:

53 Chin Swee Road
#03-11
Singapore 160053
Tel: 65 62205620
Written November 30, 2012
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MrYuthakon
Bangkok, Thailand1 contribution
We tried many kinds of tea in Asia, but when we came to Singapore and walked around China Town. Many tea... we tried some tea here, it was great. We bought some as a gift when we come back to Thailand

Really good tea
Written May 26, 2011
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lorenzosg
Singapore, Singapore4 contributions
Solo
Was looking to buy some tea but found it closed. The space is taken over by another business.

Anyone knows where they've moved to? Hope they're still around.
Written March 6, 2016
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michalka757
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
Friends
unfortunatly this place is not there anymore.. someone should write it here so nobody will walk aroud looking for this place.
Written April 29, 2014
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