If you want to master the art of pairing tea with food and to find out which foods and teas go great
Putting together the right food with the perfect tea is just as important as knowing how to pick the best wine for your dinner hour.
Picking the right tea can turn your whole afternoon into a unique culinary experience!
Seriously, you don’t have to be an expert to tell the difference. Your taste buds will let you know if you have made the right choice or not.
If you are just starting out and experimenting with
Don’t worry! We are going to walk through some different pairings to help you to be able to choose the perfect food and the perfect tea for your culinary experience.
White tea is one of the mildest
Because of that, you do not want to pair it with strong foods. By doing this, you’ll miss the natural sweetness of this tea. The food will overwhelm any
Delicate teas like the white tea should be paired only with lightly flavored foods, such as plain vegetable salads with no dressing.
Examples to pair with white tea are things like a cucumber salad or a lightly flavored seafood or fish recipe. These are the best choices for white tea.
Green tea has a vegetable flavor with subtle undertones, so it goes better with mild flavored foods, like seafood, fish or chicken.
You can also choose salads to pair with this type of tea. Skip the berries if you want fruit and go with a melon instead.
If you are having a meal where rice is the main dish, choose a cup of green tea to go with it.
However, keep in mind that green tea has three main flavor profiles – vegetal, smoky and fruity, and each of these accentuates the taste of certain foods in a more pleasant way.
Smoky green teas are much stronger and pair well with meats like pan-fried turkey or chicken. The reason for this is because it cuts through the greasy mouth-feel of fried meat.
Fruity green teas are best served with chicken, sandwiches, fruit salads and unsweetened pastries. This is also the best tea to use when making a refreshing glass of iced tea.
Oolong teas are the types of tea that have a more complex aroma. Because of their wide range of
Oolong teas have two main categories – light and dark teas, so when pairing with your foods, keep these thoughts in the back of your mind —
Black tea has the strongest flavor, which means it can be paired with full-flavored foods like spicy dishes and heartier meat dishes.
Pastries also pair well with black teas.
Fruity black teas go great with sweet desserts. They cleanse the residual mouth-feel and enhance the sweetness of foods.
Smoky black teas are very strong and should be combined with foods like dark meat, blackened meat or even sweet chocolate. Skip the heavily sweetened desserts since these aren’t the best pair for this type of tea.
Earthy black teas are also good accompaniments for blackened meat, jerk chicken, mashed potatoes and other vegetable gravy recipes. This tea is also not good for sweet foods, so avoid choosing such teas for creamy desserts.
Pu-erh teas have a very distinctive
Because of that strong
The strong flavour can neutralize the oily and greasy tastes. Thanks to their digestive benefits, these beverages are often preferred after large meals.
Whichever tea you choose, finding the best foods that complement these teas takes more than knowing the history behind the teas.
Get ready to start experimenting with your
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