No tea party is complete without the delicious savories to go with the world’s best beverage!
Whatever be the choice of tea, the right snack/dish can only add to the taste and enhance the tea drinking experience. Just like wine or beer, tea with the right accompaniment can taste way better than any other beverage.
As explained by a tea expert, “Each tea has its own characteristics and complexities, and experimenting is part of the enjoyment”. So, in order to pair up your cuppa with the right food item, do try out a lot of flavors and types of savories. You'd find just the right one to keep the cuppa company for your next tea party.
To understand what goes well with different types of teas, it is important that you’re fully aware of the taste and the qualities that make it different from rest of the teas. For example, among the most common teas, white tea has the most delicate flavor marked by its light aroma and flat taste, green tea has a grassy taste and comes in a range of flavors, black and oolong teas are strong and have a defined aroma- this understanding comes handy when you pick dishes for the respective teas.
We have tried a range of dishes with our teas and boy, was it interesting!
You’d be surprised to find how wonderfully different spices blend with individual flavors of teas. So, without much ado, here is a list of tea pairings made by Goodwyn after exclusive tasting of teas with various dishes and food items.
Tea Pairings that rock:
White Tea: White tea is known for its soft flavor and mellow aroma. It’s important that you choose food items that are mild and doesn't overpower the light taste of the beverage. If you have white tea in the menu for lunch or dinner, we suggest that you go for rice based dishes like basmati rice preparations, dressed salads and chicken or fish dishes on the side. You may also go for light veggies like mushrooms or cottage cheese. For afternoon tea parties or tea ceremonies, go for shortbreads, flat cookies or plain muffins.
Green Tea: Green tea has a unique flavor of its own that’s grassy with smoky notes. Green teas are also available in a range of flavors. To complement the flavor and aroma of green tea, it’s important that you choose dishes that have a distinct taste of their own like poultry items, seafood, salad and veggies and rice. Items like pepper chicken or fish in basil sauce make great pairings for green tea. For evening tea or tea parties, go for cup cakes without cream, cookies and fruit salad to go with the flavored green teas.
Oolong Tea: For teas like Oolong rose teas, seafood makes a perfect pair. Go for lobsters, scallops and crabs. Foods that are on the saltier side make wonderful accompaniments with strong and fruity oolong teas. You can also go for smoked meat with the fruity oolong teas. For tea parties, if you’re planning to serve oolong tea, go for cakes, muffins and pastries to match the dark oolongs. Sandwiches make great pairings for Oolong teas. You may also go for cinnamon flavored food items that taste wonderful with oolong teas.
Black Tea: Black tea is the strongest among the lot. This robust, full-bodied tea can only be matched with the pungent spicy dishes and sweet savouries. Go for intensely flavored and cooked meat, heavy rice preparations and cakes for dessert. For tea parties, pastries, lemon tarts, custards and chocolates work fine. Buttery food or heavily spiced fish and poultry items go great with the flavored teas for example peanut butter tartlets or meat quiche.
Herbal Infusion: Herbal infusions are so varied and are available in so many flavors that it becomes difficult to settle down with particular food items for the same. Herbal Infusions work great for cleansing the palate and can make a great inter-course beverage that can be consumed between courses to neutralize the taste buds.
So, the next time you plan a tea party or invited guests over lunch or dinner, set up a wide spread for teas and food that matches each cuppa!
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