Over the last couple of years we’ve tried our fair share of cha gao or ‘Tea Paste’. Someone we know brought some to the shop the other day. We’ve tasted his offerings before. His skill is good but the ‘yuanliao‘, the raw materials – the tea he uses, are poor quality. HM told him that the tea he used to make the tea paste was overfried. Our acquaintance suggested we co-operate – our tea, his cha gao making skills. Whatever cha gao is, it’s not tea. Kind of hard to imagine using so much good tea to make so little cha gao…..