Find A Pair For Your Tea: The Best Food-Tea Combo
Tea – A Daily Need
Tea is not just a refreshing drink. It is certainly much more than that. Tea is a lifestyle. Everyday starting your morning with a sip of tea is almost like a ritual. In fact, not only in the morning but we might often prefer consuming tea with the rest of the meals as well.
Over the years, we have tried to sort out the right bevarage to pair up with the favourite food. We often wonder about the appropriate soft drinks or hard drinks to complement our food.
Well, have you ever thought about the food-tea pairing, as tea happens to be the most essential drink of the day? If not, find out the right food-Tea Combo for you.
As you begin considering coupling tea and food, usually the priority is your own personal taste. So, if you are eating a super rich breakfast, you would want to go for some tea as it contains high level of tannins.
“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”
Here are a few suggestions by tea experts that might help you choose your ideal food-Tea Combo.
It is quite subtle in taste as compared to all other variants. It is lighter in flavour. Vegetative green teas taste best when combined with seafood or light vegetables.
Smoky teas are stronger and pair well with pan-fried turkey or chicken, as they cut the greasy mouth-feel of fried meat. Also, they can accentuate the taste and flavor of potatoes, light stir-frys and even of pizza made with root veggies. In this category are included most Chinese green teas.
Fruity green teas taste really well when served with chicken, sandwiches, fruit salads and unsweetened pastries, and they’re also a great choice for a refreshing glass of iced tea.
It has the strongest taste out of all the teas and it also contain the maximum amount of tannins. Breakfast food such as cheese omelettes, cheese grilled sandwiches pair well with black tea. Fruity black teas are often considered best when served with a light chocolate dessert. The fruit flavour present in the tea prevents it from tasting bitter after a small bite of delicious sweet dessert, and the heavy presence of tannins in the tea will cleanse the palate of the existing flavour. Due to the strong flavour of this type of tea, it is also recommended to serve it with equally strong foods such as spicy meat or spicy butter chicken.
Smoky black teas – usually from China – are very strong and should be combined with intensely flavored food, like dark meat, blackened meat or even sweet chocolate.
Earthy black teas, such as those from Yunnan and Africa, are good accompaniments for blackened meat, jerk chicken, mashed potatoes and other vegetable gravy recipes.
It is extremely light in flavour so it should only be coupled with the mildest of flavours, such as light grilled fish and basic salads. The sweetness of the white tea really comes out when taken with salty pistachios.
If you choose to pair white tea with sweet fruit dishes or even with meat, you’ll most likely get the impression that you’re drinking plain water, as you won’t be able to feel the flavor profile of this tea. So a cucumber salad or a lightly flavored seafood or fish recipe are the best choices for this beverage, although drinking it alone, between meals, is also a good option. To accentuate the subtle notes of white tea, you can add some fireweed honey or wildflower honey, both delicately flavored.
It has a more complex aroma, ranging between green and black teas, so they can be paired with a wider range of foods, from lighter fish dishes to grilled meats.
Light oolong teas go best with sweet rich seafood and lobster. Fragrant and aromatic, they should be combined with foods that can bring out the floral notes from these beverages. Combinations of sweet and salty flavors can also lead to interesting culinary experiences. So you can also try pairing light oolongs with light salted snacks.
Dark oolongs have a more prominent flavor, so they work better with stronger foods, like grilled ones. Duck meat, salmon fish, trout fish are good choices for this beverage. Smoked meat or meat-based appetizer plates can also bring out the flavor of dark oolongs. As for sweets, pastries and pancakes made with maple syrup are usually good pairs for this type of tea.
They have a strong, earthy and distinctive flavor. And they make great choices alongside a chicken or stir-fry recipe, as they can neutralize the oily and greasy tastes. Thanks to their digestive benefits, these beverages are often preferred after large meals.
Whether you opt for a cup of delicate white tea or you choose a rich and aromatic black tea. Finding the foods that best complement these tastes takes more than knowing the theory. So go ahead and experiment with your favorite Tea Combo and recipes. Until you find those marvelous combinations that can turn dining into a blissful moment.