This is especially for the tea lovers among us. When we go for mamak, tea is for sure one of the popular drink orders (hi teh ais, teh tarik and teh o’ ais). Those passionate about their teas will notice the aromas, notes and flavours certain tea leaves give off.
You can find us Malaysians having tea just about any time the day, whether it’s during breakfast, lunch, tea-time, dinner and even supper.
Did you know that there are specific teas that go really well with certain foods? Well, we’re spilling the tea on everything you need to know about tea pairing, thanks to the peeps at Dilmah Tea who have done the hard work. Scroll for the different types of teas that are best paired with your food and will make your taste buds flutter.
Within the green tea family, there are different tastes that you might get depending on what kind of green tea you’re drinking. The most common notes are vegetative, fruity and smoky flavours and as you’d notice, they’re all entirely different.
Dilmah’s top three green teas are jasmine green tea, sencha green tea and Moroccan mint green tea.
Jasmine green tea has a fruity, fragrant aroma. It’s best enjoyed with steamed fish cooked with minced garlic and bird’s eye chili. Steamed fish can be packed with flavour so pairing it with a fruity tea like jasmine can bring out the freshness of the fish.
Sencha green tea is also known as Japanese green tea and it has a distinctive vegetative flavour. No surprise that it’s known to pair well with sashimi and green, creamy salads. Since Sencha green tea has a vegetative flavour, it brings out the taste of sashimi in a way that doesn’t feel too overpowering.
Moroccan mint green tea is great for those who want a lighter green tea flavour note as it’s refreshing to drink! It’s best had with chocolate-flavoured desserts because it doesn’t compete too much with the richness of chocolate. After having your rich chocolate-y dessert, cleanse your palate with peppermint and spearmint teas. These minty teas also go really well with chocolate desserts.