My first Sultan Center Haulage of the year! This was about 3 or 4 days before Valentine’s Day so I kinda’ went crazy over the Limited Edition stuff and also… I was hangry (which is appropriate, since I’m posting this during Ramadan, the time when people default to hangry)! Like I said in my previous Spotted at Sultan Center post (here), I hit up three different locations on my hunt for Herbal Tea. Even when I’d succeeded in averting my eyes and avoiding certain items at the first branch, by the time I hit up the final branch, my will power was non-existent (all tapped out) lol
All this time… I thought Karak was some sort of Indian Herb or Indian Plant. As it turns out, Karak Tea or Chai Karak (also known as Masala Tea or Masala Chai) is actually a blend of Black Tea and Milk and Spices. In fact, Masala Chai literally translates to Mixed-Spice Tea! The flavor can vary (obvi) depending on the Spices. Some people add Ginger, other add Cardamom or Saffron, while others prefer Cinnamon. Apparently, Karak Tea originated in India, but became extremely popular in the Gulf region around 2010 (practically every other restaurant started serving the stuff). I tried it a handful of times back then, but it never left much of an impression on me.
Since February, I’ve been avoiding anything caffeinated, because my heart has been acting up. However, I was finishing up a few errands the other day, and somehow or another, ended up at the McDonald’s Drive-Thru. I ordered Karak Tea on a whim and ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with the stuff! If I don’t get a chance to pick some up, while I’m out and about, I’ll just order some online from Karak Hut (via Carriage). They’ve got everything from plain Karak Tea to Cinnamon Karak Tea at about 500 fils a pop. People around me think I’m insane for spending that much money, especially since the delivery costs KD 1/000 and apparently I can purchase a whole box (12 sachets) of instant Karak Tea, for that price. Whatevs. I like what I like, okay?
I still can’t get over the fact that Karak is not an actual plant. I mean… LOL
I’m not very big on Tea. I’ll only drink Lipton Yellow Label Tea (that comes in a bright yellow box) when I’m sick and can’t have anything cold to drink, or when it’s that time of the month (shark week). Sometimes, when the mood strikes me, I’ll order a random flavor of Tea, when I’m out with my friends, just to try out. I’ll even purchase some flavored Tea at Sultan Center from time to time, if it looks interesting enough. Mostly though, I just drink Lipton Ice Tea in the lemon flavor (I can’t stand peach, ugh) during the summer, but that’s pretty much it.