There is a little teahouse deep, deep, deep in Seoul’s Bukchon folk village where one can order steaming cups of mulberry tea, persimmon tea, chocolaty raisin tree tea, sappy-sweet pine needle tea, and mistletoe tea made with mugwort and organic buckwheat. Or, if they want to get really crazy, they try the ultimate in kitchen-sink experiments: wild enzyme tea boiled up from fermented kale, kudzu, carrot, celery, water parsley, Shepherd’s purse, deodeok, Japanese apricot, jujube, and too many other strange and wonderful ingredients to name. For dessert, there is steamed pumpkin rice cake and icy milk patbingsu with red bean sherbet. This magical teahouse is tucked into a pretty manicured garden. It goes by the name Cha Masineun Tteul and, yes, you want to go there.
35-169 Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea; +82-02-722-7006.