How to combine tea with various dishes and snacks?

How to combine tea with various dishes and snacks?

Sometimes a cup of tea may not be enough . When this happens, it's a good idea to start experimenting with pairing it with different types of food . Infusions go very well with snacks - the obvious ones, such as cake and rolls , but also the less obvious and, for some, strange ones, e.g. hummus . From this blog you will learn what food pairs perfectly with different varieties of tea .

Does matching the intensity of the dish to the tea matter?

Teas have a wide range of flavors - from delicate white aromas to rich and deep black ones . When combining it with food, it is important that the weight and intensity of the accents of the infusion and the dish with which you combine it are at the same level . For example , black tea goes great with red meat because both examples have an intense flavor . However, pairing white tea with a rich curry can be counterproductive , as the intense flavor of the dish can overshadow the subtle notes of the drink .

Tea in a beautiful glass and freshly baked muffins

What food goes perfectly with which type of tea?

Black tea – due to the way it is processed, it is characterized by tart , woody and malty notes . The intensity of the tea makes the infusion go well with food , with rich and heavy flavors , such as;

  • Red meat
  • Desserts
  • Spicy dishes
  • Chocolate
  • Cakes

Green tea – because it is processed to extract its raw flavor , this tea has an earthy and vegetal flavor range . Thanks to this , it goes well with live, fresh ingredients , such as;

  • Salads
  • Sushi
  • Fish with white meat
  • White meat
  • Rice
  • Steamed vegetables
Cups of green tea served with sushi

Oolong tea – generally has a smoky flavor . But depending on how it is processed , it can be strong or light . Lighter oolong teas should be paired with lighter flavors , while darker ones should be paired with stronger notes .

Light oolong: seafood, fruits

Dark oolong: smoked meat, granola, baked vegetables, pancakes


White tea - has the mildest notes of all teas. Therefore, the infusion should be combined with food very carefully , as it can easily be overshadowed by strong flavors.

  • Mild cheeses (e.g. Chevre)
  • Fish with white meat
  • Light desserts
  • Cucumber

Fruit teas - due to their complex and lively taste , they go well with many different dishes, such as;

  • Dark chocolate
  • Complex desserts


Pairing tea with matching foods can be a real game changer. Experimenting is the best way to find additions to infusions that will not only delight your taste buds, but also diversify your meals.

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