9 BEST EATS TO GO WITH YOUR TEA

Tea is the second most consumed drink in the world after water. The globally admired, non-alcoholic, caffeinated beverage is an all-weather drink, usually served hot or iced depending on one’s preference. But what’s tea without an accompaniment? Still the best beverage but with a missing piece. Here under are popular tea accompaniments across the globe.

1.Croissants and Crepes

In France, it is common to find ‘Tea Houses’ or ‘Salon de Thé’. This is a peaceful, serene place for people to enjoy their tea. Only the highest quality tea is served and this setting is way more serious than the typical English Tea Room. The most popular tea accompaniments are croissants and crepes. Yummy!

2.Nabat

Accompanied by a bright yellow rock candy called Nabat, a silver tray customarily carries in the drink. Iranians love tea so much, they keep the kettle on the stove all day. Since this tea is bitter in taste, instead of adding sugar, they generally place the sugar cube between their front teeth and suck the strong brew through it.

3.Sheermaal, Kandir Tchot, Bakarkhani and Kulcha

A mix of pistachios, almonds, salt, milk, and spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and star anise, ‘Noon Chai’ is an element of Kashmiri culture. If pink is your favourite colour, there’s no way you wouldn’t like the look of this tea. The colour is enhanced with a bit of baking soda and it is served with sheermaal, kandir tchot, bakarkhani and kulcha

4.Bubble Tea

‘Taiwanese bubble tea’ is a high calorie treat with its base as an iced tea with powdered milk and sugary syrup. The bubbles to which it owes its name are small balls of starchy white grain making it a refreshment and a snack. Two birds, one stone!

5.Peanuts

Thailand’s tea culture is a standalone because of the unique way the tea is brewed. Thai iced tea or ‘Cha Yen’ is a blend of Assam tea with sugar, condensed milk, and spices with ice in a tall glass. It’s served with evaporated milk creating an appealing ombre effect.

The first thing that crosses your mind when you think “Thailand tea accompaniments” are the peanuts, if you are not allergic. They’re prepared in different flavours which is music to the ears of those who have adventurous taste buds.

6.Vatrushka Buns

A loose-leaf tea concentrate is brewed in a small metal container called a samovar. Black tea is brewed and then served in large mugs. As guests start sipping tea, warm water is added as desired.

Russians love their tea with vatrushka which is a pastry formed as a ring of dough with quark in the middle, sometimes with the addition of raisins or bits of fruit. Vatrushka buns are the Russian tea snack of choice.

7.Po Cha

While other countries argue about what goes best with tea – milk or lemon, Tibetans believe the real deal is salty butter. ‘Po cha’ is made by boiling a brick of Pemagul black tea, adding milk, salt, and yak butter, and churning it all together. This tea is loved by people in high altitudes.

8.Msemmen

Msemmen are the favorite accompaniment for the tea. They’re usually offered at breakfast or in the late afternoon. They can be served sweet with honey and butter or made savory and stuffed with onions and spices.

If you like your tea extremely sweet, it’s best to have a cup of it in Morocco. ‘Touareg or Maghrebi mint tea’ is a mix of mint leaves, green tea leaves and a lot of sugar. The tea is poured from high above into slim glasses. It is served thrice to guests and each time the taste varies a bit. Remember that refusing the beverage is considered rude!

9.Cookies, Sandwiches and Scones

When tea was first introduced in England in the mid-1600s, the concept of afternoon tea did not exist. Many years later the British started celebrating the afternoon with tea and cookies, sandwiches and scones are their favourite accompaniments.

There you have it, tea accompaniments to try out on your next cup of soul beverage!