Matching Tea With Food

Matching Tea With Food

Have you ever done this? What did you think of it?

I’ve only recently started to consciously match tea with food. Usually I drink something else when I’m eating, but this experiment is leading to so much fun I’m doing it more and more.

Just the other day I matched a clean Japanese green tea with a very flavourful couscous salad made by a friend.

I also matched a Chinese green tea to a spiced pasta dish. With muffins or cookies, a nice Earl Grey balances the sweetness. For breakfast, an oolong is a mellow accompaniment to oatmeal or toast.

In general, I’m finding that :

1) Strongly flavoured food goes well with a clean, bright green tea.
2) Sweet foods go beautifully with a tea that has some bite or bitterness.
3) Heavy meat dishes seem to handle black teas.
4) Green tea goes well with cheese and savoury cold foods.

Try it! See what you think and leave a comment about what you discover!



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Maya Tea

The First Chai Try

1 Comment

The first time I tried chai was in the kitchen of my parent’s house, and served by my younger sister.  “You have to taste this—” she insisted, pushing a mug across the countertop to me.  She refused to elaborate on its contents.  The flavors, she said, would speak for themselves.

Continue Reading

Considering Water

Water quality is essential for brewing good tea. Photo by Damien A WeidnerThe quality of water affects the taste of your tea; this is beyond dispute.  The relative quantities of mineral salts, oxygen and trace elements determine the relative "liveliness" or "flatness" of a particular cup. To that simple substance we add the basic flavor of the leaf itself or an herbal substitute.

Continue Reading

Comfort and Refreshment

Comfort and Refreshment from tea. Photo by by ChicagoSageComfort is a complex idea; it evokes childhood memories, a feeling of safely and warmth. Anyone who started drinking tea when they were young, or anyone who lives in a cold climate, knows the soothing warmth of a hot beverage.

Continue Reading