It’s a simple thing, but I appreciate it. In many Asian countries, local restaurants provide a pitcher or pot of tea for every table. In the cold north of China, Tibet and Vietnam, hot little teacups warm the fingers on frigid, foggy mornings. Closer to the equator in Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, the tea comes hot but accompanied by glasses of ice. A cup of local coffee comes with a chaser of tea. And so it is in almost all simple, local cafes. The more expensive the restaurant, the less likely it is to offer this little perk for free. It is not, however, commonplace in Thailand; you’ll rarely find complimentary teapots on Thai tables (though it is customary at Chinese, Muslim and hilltribe cafes). I miss it there.
It’s a simple thing, but I appreciate it immensely.