What’s better than a piping hot gaiwan full of oolong tea? How about a piping hot gaiwan full of oolong tea plus some classic Taiwanese tea snacks? Popular among locals and as souvenirs for hungry travelers, these snacks are often indulged in over major holidays such as the full moon festival and Chinese New Year. And they’re always enjoyed alongside a cup of oolong tea to complete the Taiwanese snacking experience.
Here are a few of our favorite snack-and-oolong pairings:
Pineapple pastry. Made with pineapple, egg yolk, and butter, this treat is fluffy and buttery, with a chewy pineapple stuffing inside. It’s Taiwan’s most popular souvenir!
Taro pastry. Our personal fave! We never miss the chance to indulge in taro pastry on our trips back to Taiwan. Made with butter, taro, and red bean taste, taro pastry has a rich taro flavor, a soft texture, and just a hint of sweetness.
Nougat brittle. Made with milk and peanuts or almonds, nougat brittle tastes like a chewy version of the brittle you’re probably used to. It pairs awesomely with any of our straight oolongs.
- Suggested tea pairing: Any of our straight oolongs.
Green Bean/Black Bean Yolk Pastry. Made with egg yolk, butter, egg, and green bean or black bean paste, the outside of this pastry is sweet, but the egg yolk inside is savory. It’s an interesting combination that works delightfully.
Sweet and Savory Pastry. Made out of milk, butter, and maple syrup, this pastry has a sweet and savory taste and a delicate, crispy texture reminiscent of chips.
- Suggested tea pairing: Any of our scented oolongs.
These tasty snacks and sweets can be found in most Taiwanese households. Try them out on your next adventure to Taiwan!
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