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Tea & Mooncake Pairing Tips

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Mid-Autumn Festival is upon us, and what better way to enjoy the festivities than to sit down with your loved ones and taste some delicious mooncakes while admiring the beauty of the moon?

Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival

This year, the Mid-Autumn festival will take place on Friday, 13th September, the 15th day of the 8th month according to the lunar calendar. Celebrating in Singapore will promise a day of fun and excitement. You will be at the height of the festive activities, surrounded by a warm, bustling community and dazzled by lights and lanterns as well as spectacular lion or dragon dances under the glow of the full moon.

Of course, the festival cannot thrive without the indulgence in mooncakes. This decadent gourmet treat is specially made for this purpose and the tradition of exchanging boxes of mooncakes with family and friends runs deep.

Types of Mooncakes

Many different types of mooncakes have emerged over the years. Traditional mooncakes include lotus seed paste mooncakes with a salted egg-yolk within, mung bean paste or sweet red bean paste mooncakes are the most common kind of mooncake. Another type of traditional mooncake is the five kernel / nut and roast pork flavoured mooncake, or the Japanese mooncake which consists of beans or chestnuts.

The Peninsula Hong Kong produces mouth-watering custard mooncakes that taste so rich, creamy and sweet. You can enjoy your Classic Mid Autumn Fruit Hamper with Peninsula Mooncake (price: from S$205.00 – S$280.00) or Bright Moon Fruit Gift Box With The Peninsula Mooncake (a delightful hamper containing mooncakes and fruit, price: S$220.00). Snow skin mooncakes are non-baked, with different flavoured fillings wrapped in frozen glutinous rice. They are becoming increasingly popular, as are ice-cream mooncakes which has a variety of mooncake flavours.

Why we should pair Mooncakes with Tea

A quick search will inform you that mooncakes are undoubtedly a very tasty festive delicacy, some of which are even carefully crafted by highly competent chefs in Michelin-starred restaurants. However, the treats are usually high in calories, packing anywhere between 700 to 1,000 calories per mooncake. As one can imagine, indulging yourself in mooncakes can be very satisfying but you will soon feel very full, and for many, even too full.

So, according to food experts, we should have mooncakes with tea. Tea has a variety of health benefits. Mooncakes tend to be very flavoursome and sweet, so sipping tea between bites or between different flavoured mooncakes will greatly enhance its taste. Sipping hot tea also aids absorption and digestion, both of which will soothe your stomach.

But which tea suits the type of mooncake you are having? Here are some food pairing tips from a food expert to help make them a perfect match.

Guide to Pairing Tea and Mooncakes

Instead of purchasing a food pairing book, check out this clever guide to pair your mooncake with the right kind of tea.

  • Lotus Seed Mooncake: This mooncake is well-balanced with its sweet lotus seed and salted egg-yolk, so the toasty taste of oolong or the fresh, grassy hints of raw pu’er tea will pair be perfect.
  • Mung Bean Paste Mooncake: Mellow out the sweetness from the mung beans with the floral notes of dragon pearl jasmine tea or white peony tea.
  • Red Bean Paste Mooncake: Complement the flavours of the red bean with Taiwan oolong tea or silver needle white tea.
  • Five-Kernel / Nut and Roast Pork Mooncake: The flavourful mooncake will taste even better with strong, fragrant tea such as ripe pu’er or red Chinese tea.
  • Custard Mooncake: Tame the sweet creamy texture of this mooncake with fragrant organic tea or Chinese flower tea, our gorgeous Delightful Fruit Hamper with Peninsula Mooncake will be a good match with tea. Price: from S$185.00 – S$235.00
  • Snow Skin / Ice Cream Mooncake: Combat the different flavours with fruity red tea or floral Tie Guan Yin.
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