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KPTL Express Corp


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4545 47th Street
Zip Code
(718) 784-3240
In New York, when you order Himalayan butter salt tea, more than likely you'll be served a pot of bocha (or pocha) made with butter from a cow, perhaps a sheep. This is just as well: Yak butter is not only difficult to obtain but also legendary for its rancid aroma. As for the tea itself, one can brew a palatable bocha using loose leaves or teabags, but back home in the high country it's more common to pluck an appropriate portion from a pressed-tea "cake." Pu-erh, the famous fermented tea associated with nearby southwestern China, also is commonly sold in cakes of various shapes and sizes; nowadays they're typically compressed by machine. The irregular domes seen here, however, suggest that they were pressed by hand. Much more than this I can't tell you, owing to a language barrier; the shopkeeper hails from Bhutan. --Eating in Translation KPTL Express Vegetable Grocery 45-45 47th St. (Greenpoint-47th Aves.), Sunnyside, Queens 718-784-3240



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