spohkh said

Food Pairing

Hello all, I tried finding a discussion about tea/food pairing, but didn’t see anything related.
Are there any teas you prefer to eat with certain cuisine? Italian, Tex-Mex, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, etc.

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Mine is case by case, really…
I LOVE vegetarian anything, really…Mexican, Thai, Indian, Italian, Chinese, etc. I have tried different teas with different foods – sometimes I mention my attempts in my posts, actually!

Great topic!

Looking forward for more chatter about this!

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Cofftea said

For unflavored teas, I prefer to eat food of the same origin as my tea. I had raw pu erh w/ my chicken in peanut sauce tv dinner for lunch. For flavored teas, I typically eat something w/ the same flavor as the tea.

S said

…isn’t peanut sauce Thai? All Asians are not the same >:[

Cofftea said

Ha! You’re right. I actually did know that, my ex ordered Pad Thai every time we went out. I just had a stupid moment lol. It wasn’t that good anyway.

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fcmonroe said

Basically, I’ll eat any food with any tea.

Japanese green tea with southern bar b que, Chinese green teas with Mexican food, just about anything.

I guess I’m into fusion cuisine.

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Janefan said

Adagio just ran in article in their newsletter (TeaMuse) about food at tea pairings. Of course, they use their specific blends as examples, but much of the guidance seems like it could be generalized:

http://www.teamuse.com/article_100201.html

Thanks…I’m going over to read it now!

spohkh said

Thanks!

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I’m pretty typical and like oolongs with Chinese food, classic black “British Legacy” type teas with “afternoon tea” type foods, I loved roasted barley tea with Korean food this weekend :) and I have a favorite tea for desserts: French Breakfast by Premium Steap. I don’t take tea with most of my lunches and dinners, though.

spohkh said

I will have to search out some barley tea, sounds yummy, perhaps it will go with my grape nuts in the morning :)

gmathis said

Barley tea is interesting and grainy—-I found some at a mom-and-pop Asian grocery store.

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Cofftea said

Some ideas from Den’s Tea:
Sush: Mecha, Fukamushi Sencha
Tempura, Teriyaki: Genmaicha, Houjicha
Sandwich: Kukicha, Flavored Sencha
Sweets: Matcha, Sencha, Gyokuro
Hamburger, Pizza, Fried Chicken, Tacos: Genmaicha, Houjicha

spohkh said

Have to try these :) grazie!

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I thought I’d post this easy and tasty recipe since I’m making it today :) Excellent paired with any British Afternoon type tea. Major Grey’s Chutney is a type of chutney, but not a brand – there are several brands available in the market – usually near the jellies, or if you have an “international” aisle it would be with the British foods. I love the stuff and eat it on so many different things (on cheese and crackers, put on chicken or pork before broiling, etc.).

Major Grey’s Egg Salad

Nice Bread That You Like (I really like toasted Pepperidge Farm bread – either white or 12 grain, but you can get fancy and serve with the extra thin bread, cut off the crusts, cut in triangles, etc – you get the picture :)
4 hard boiled eggs, peeled
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
2 teaspoons Major Grey’s Chutney
Black pepper to taste
Salt to taste

In a medium bowl, mash the eggs with the mayo, curry powder, and chutney. Chill for at least a half hour. Taste – the chutney and spice might be enough for you, but if not, add a little freshly ground pepper and salt to taste.

Toast your bread (or not!) and put in as much as you’d like to make a sandwich. Sometimes I serve it with lettuce and tomato in the sandwich, sometimes I eat it on a bed of greens. Have a nice cup of blended British Afternoonish tea too :)

spohkh said

mmm, that sounds good, shouldn’t be too hard to veganize it; substitute tofu for eggs and use veganaise…I will have to try that this weekend. Thanks JaquelineM =)

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Cofftea said

I have yet to try Pi Lo Chun, but I’ve heard it tastes like seaweed. If that’s true, even though it’s a Chinese tea, I think it’d pair well w/ sushi. Adagio’s white cucumber might as well.

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I love sushi and I usually order a jasmine green tea with it.

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