Pantjoran Tea House: HISTORY PRESERVED

Inside the bustling Glodok, sits a newly revitalized Pantjoran Tea House. This place not only serves as a place for people to eat and drink, but also serves as a reminder of the glory of the past.

interior-pantjoran-tea-house

Inside the bustling Glodok, sits a newly revitalized Pantjoran Tea House. This place not only serves as a place for people to eat and drink, but also serves as a reminder of the glory of the past.

PANTJORAN TEA HOUSE is located in the corner of Glodok Market. In the glory days of old Jakarta, this place is known as Apotek Chung Hwa and was established in 1928. This building was known to be very popular on its days because it was the first building that visitors saw when they come to Batavia.

But gone are those days. It was abandoned for quite a long time before being rescued as part of project from the Jakarta Old Town Revitalization Corporation (JOTRC) and the Jakarta Endowment for Art and Heritage (Jeforah).

It took a huge effort to revitalize the building as it only had 20 percent of its original form. The idea to turn the old pharmacy into a tea house comes from the legend of Gan Djie. Gan Djie was a Chinese captain, the highest official in the semi-autonomous Chinese community appointed by the Dutch colonial administration, from 1663 to 1675 and used to lived around the Kota Tua area.

During his time, Gan and his wife were famously known to give free tea to everyone who stopped for a rest in front of his office in Kota. Every day, Gan would put eight teapots with cups in front of his office. During those time, there were not many people selling food and drink as now, which made his place popular among the thirsty and weary travelers.

dsc_7490

This two-story tea house just opened in early 2016. The architecture is a mix of old tea house that you would see in Japan and China, but it was added with sense of contemporary with industrial lamps and paintings. Aside from being a tea house, this place also housed a shop selling of t-shirts, post cards, tea boxes, traditional clutches, pots to make tea, and etc.

Since it is located in Pecinan (Chinatown), the food served here has peranakan taste. The recommended food are Nasi Goreng khas Pantjoran (the rice is mixed with beet, giving it a vibrant pink color), Gurame Asam Manis, and variants of dimsum. The food, however, might not be the best component of this place. What you should try is all the variants of tea available.

dsc_7479

The tea house has decent options of tea. Chinese teas on offer include jasmine, smoky green, jade oolong, tie gaun yin and phu erl. Also available are Japanese teas such as ocha and genmaicha, English teas such as Earl Grey, and Indonesian signature teas such as Fancy Grade and Orange Pekoe. If I may recommend, try their Orange Pekoe with its subtle citrus nuances.

PANTJORAN TEA HOUSE


Written by Tatu Hutami January 28, 2017.

Comments

Related