Tea is good to drink and tea can be very good to cook with, too. My friend Maggie and I have been working together on a "tea cooking" project. She is a trained chef and I love to eat, so this is a great partnership!
Last week, we had our second attempt at cooking with tea. She gave me some ideas of what dishes she wanted to make and I gave her some ideas on which teas might go well with the ingredients. She came up with a chicken dish using our High Mountain Buddha Hand, a steamed Halibut with Jasmine Green Tea, stir-fried Shrimp & Vegetables with Dragon Well, and Pork Belly with Muzha Tieguanyin. All of the dishes were delicious and the tea flavor came out very nicely. We had a feast and were very proud of the results. In my next post, I will give you one of the recipes.
Maggie Chiu was born and raised in Taiwan. She received her professional cooking training from a culinary school in California. She used to own a restaurant in Taipei and cooked at the Four Seasons. She now lives in Seattle with her husband.