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Eight Treasures Tea (Ba Bao Cha)

ingredients for eight treasure tea

Eight Treasures Tea Recipe

Eight Treasures Tea (Ba Bao Cha) is a soothing Chinese herbal tea consisting of a special blend of 8 ingredients. Feel free to tweak the recipe by substituting or adjusting the quantity of ingredients to suit your preference.

Serves: one 350ml tea pot (4 tea cups Servings)

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 5 mins


  • 300 ml hot boiling water

(A) Teapot ingredients

  • 1 tbsp jasmine green tea leaves (香片) placed in filter bag
  • 1/2 cup chrysanthemum flowers (菊花/朵朵香)
  • 1 tsp rose buds (玫瑰)
  • 1 tsp wolfberries (杞子)
  • 4 red dates (红枣)
  • 4 ginseng slices (花旗蔘片/洋参片)
  • 4 dried longan (龙眼)

(B) Teacup ingredients

  • 4 chrysanthemum flowers
  • 4 rose buds
  • 16 wolfberries
  • 4 red dates
  • 4 ginseng slices
  • 4 dried longan
  • 12 small pieces of rock sugar (冰糖) to taste


  1. Add (A) into a 350ml capacity tea pot. Pour boiling water and allow the tea to infuse/seep for a few minutes.
  2. Divide (B) equally into four serving tea cups.
  3. Pour hot tea from tea pot into serving cups. Make a second pot of tea by topping up with hot water and rock sugar as needed.

Noob Cook Tips

  • Apart from the above ingredients, other commonly used ingredients in Eight Treasures Tea include dried lily buds, long jing or oolong tea leaves, orange peel, dried raisins and licorice roots. Feel free to substitute the recipe with your favourite ingredients.

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12 Responses to “Eight Treasures Tea (Ba Bao Cha)”

  1. Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! — October 9, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

    This is such a n interesting and I bet delicious tea. I must go to y Asian market and see if I can find the ingredients. Also, your pctures are so perfect.


  2. B — October 9, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    A refreshing and healthy drink. The wolfberries and longans are still tasty after the brew.


  3. Little Corner of Mine — October 9, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

    Sounds healthy! Wondering how it tastes like.


  4. Ann@Anncoo Journal — October 9, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

    I love 八宝茶, so good for the body. Your pics are awesome, so pretty :)


  5. Shirley — October 10, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    I have never tried brew by buying separate ingredients as there are always those ready ones those medical halls packed for you. However, I would like to try this recipe one day as I love jasmine tea leaves and even have those premium ones. I’m also quite aware of sweetness, hence by making it on my own, I can reduce more sugar.


  6. elaine chan — October 10, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    I love this tea too. I bought those pre-packages from Guangzhou but I could remove the rock sugar.


  7. TasteHongKong — October 10, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    This is good! To admit, however I had made it with 5 or 6 treasures as some are run out of stock.


    • wiffy replied: — October 10th, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

      I do that too! ;)


  8. lisaiscooking — October 16, 2012 @ 2:58 am

    What a pretty cup of tea! The name suits it perfectly.


  9. Anita @ Daily Cooking Quest — September 16, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    My family in Indonesia always prepare this for weddings and is always served during the (Chinese) wedding tea ceremony. But I think we use candied winter melon instead of the rose buds, not sure where I can find rose buds here, would love to give your version a try. ♥


  10. ester — August 1, 2014 @ 5:55 pm

    Hi, do you know where can I get rose bud and jasmine green tea leaves in sg? Tks =)


    • wiffy replied: — August 2nd, 2014 @ 11:52 am

      Hi, rose buds from Fu Hua medical hall, green tea leaves can be found at supermarkets or Daiso or any tea shops.