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Piping hot, with the smell of sweet aniseed filling the air. If you’re in the mood for a fresh treat, serve your Shai bil Yansoon over ice. This aniseed-infused black tea is ideal for purists who prefer their tea in its natural state. However, if you’d like a taste of Syrian society, give the liquorice flavour an extra kick with sugar or your favourite sweetener.
In dainty tea glasses for some true Syrian flair. Your favourite teacups on a decorative tea tray will also impress guests. Keep your Shai bil Yansoon hot in the teapot and honour that famous Syrian hospitality by keeping the refills flowing.
Enjoy the deep, soothing tones of this liquorice delight on its own or highlight the experience with some delectable Syrian treats. Traditional favourites to look out for include barazek (sesame and pistachio treats that combine elements of baklava, shortbread, and biscotti) and ka’ak (double-baked biscuits). Special occasions call for ma’moul (rose and orange blossom water infused into a semolina cookie filled with walnuts, dates, or pistachios) and date-filled ka’ak cookies. For a more casual setting, go for the Middle Eastern favourite tea treat – a mixed selection of salted nuts and seeds.
Tea is rarely more than a minute away in the friendly homes of Syria. Since it’s synonymous with hospitality, tea is served all day and night. However, the evenings are reserved for those who love a late night caffeine buzz.
For a softer buzz
1 tsp per cup
Bring 1 cup of water to a rolling boil in a stovetop teapot. Add 1 tsp of tea. Boil covered for 1 min. Remove from heat. Steep for 2 min. Strain into cup. Sweeten to taste.
Brew it the traditional Syrian way
Bring freshly drawn ambient water to a rolling boil in a stovetop teapot. Add 1 tsp of tea per cup. Boil covered for 1 min. Remove from heat. Steep for 2 min. Strain into cup. Sweeten to taste. If sweetening with sugar, add it while the tea is boiling on the stovetop for a greater depth of flavour. Best served in traditional small tea glasses. If sharing, impress guests by serving on a decorative tea tray. Enjoy on its own or with traditional cookies such as barazek and ka’ak.