You’ve got your sweet and savoury mooncakes prepared, but what about the tea?
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The Mid-Autumn Festival is once again almost upon us, and with it, mooncakes!
While mooncakes come in deliciousness of all kinds, what about drinks? Mooncakes are traditionally eaten with hot tea, but what kind of tea is best?
Light green tea is best for richer sweet mooncakes like red bean, lotus paste, or even thick pastes like chocolate.
The refreshing lightness of tea will help to cut through the richness of the mooncake. Not only that, green tea also aids in the digestion of sugars.
So if you’ve got green tea like matcha, or even herbal tea like peppermint tea, they would be the perfect match for your sweet mooncakes.
Black tea has an earthier flavour with some astringency, which makes it great for cleansing the oily taste of mooncakes.
Traditional baked mooncakes with salted egg yolk, mixed nuts, or meat-based mooncakes can often taste rather oily and jelak after a while, so chasing it down with some black tea will help keep things refreshing and enjoyable.
Did you know that oolong tea is neither considered a black tea nor a green tea? Oolong tea is in its own distinct category!
Oolong is full-bodied and fragrant with warm tones, with a light aftertaste. It helps to balance flavours and is versatile for both sweet and savoury mooncakes.
So if you happen to have savoury mooncakes such as spiced sesame or salt-and-pepper, oolong tea will draw out the savoury richness of it.
Mooncake is usually eaten at night, so some people may want to skip the tea entirely due to caffeine.
In that case, give floral fruit teas a try! A popular one is chrysanthemum tea, but you can jazz it up with red date tea, goji berry tea, or any kind of cut fruits.
Pair these light floral teas with something light like an agar-agar jelly mooncake or an actual “cake” mooncake!
In general, bubble tea isn’t recommended because mooncakes are already quite heavy desserts. However, we’re not here to tell you how to live your life, so if you want bubble tea to go with your mooncake, why not?
Go full out and pair your bubble tea with sweet desserts such as ice-cream mooncake for a truly saccharine high!
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.