Authentic Chinese Boiled Rice in Chinese Tea

Boiling rice with Chinese tea has become a novelty especially in Yun Nan, China. Chinese tea is believed to have slimming effect and has been used as a balancing agent for diet with high fat food intake. The Chinese tea will give the boiled rice an aromatic flavour, whilst the carbohydrate in the rice will help absorb the bitterness in tea. This Tea Rice will be great teamed with higher cholesterol food like Dong Po Braised Pork Belly or curry dishes.


  • 1 cup long grain rice, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oolong tea leaf


  1. Put the rinsed rice in the pot you want to boil the rice in.
  2. Place the tea leaf in a teapot, boil the water and pour it over the tea leaf. Leave it to brew for about 5 minutes.
  3. Drain the liquid into pot containing the rice, by pouring it through a clean cotton cloth placed over the pot.
  4. Bring to a boil, turn the heat to medium and keep boiling for about 10 minutes. Stir it every now and again.
  5. Then simmer it on low till water and rice reach the same level, turn heat off.
  6. Fluff the rice with a pair of chopstick or fork to make sure it does not stick to the base.
  7. Cover the rice and let it simmer for another 10-15 minutes till all water is absorbed.
  8. Fluff the rice again before serving.
  9. Serves 2 with other dishes.

Versatility Note:

  1. Always use freshly brewed tea.
  2. You can pick any type of Chinese tea leaf: Oolong, Jasmine, or even Green Tea.
  3. 5 minutes of brewing time will give a flavour that is not too strong or overpowering taste of other dishes. But should you prefer a stronger taste, just prolong the brewing time as desired.
  4. Should you run out of gas and you don't have a hot plate or induction hobs, try using an oven to cook the rice.