8 Secret Pairings For A Tea-rrific Food Tasting Experience

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Photography: Alya Zulkernai

I’ve always been more of a tea lover than coffee. It reminds me of the #happymoments I enjoy every Sunday with my family while giving a sense of calmness… it almost feels like receiving a warm hug from my dear ones!

I never thought of tea as anything other than a good beverage. After flying over to Colombo, Sri Lanka with Dilmah Tea, I now have a different perspective and I’ve come to appreciate tea even more.

Photography: Alya Zulkernai

Popular Sri Lankan tea brand, Dilmah serves one of the best Ceylon tea in the world. When I met the founder, Mr. Merill J. Fernando himself, I was left in awe with how he runs his business. “Business is a matter of human service,” he says. And I thought to myself, “Wow! Now here’s someone I could look up to and respect!”

While business is business for many brands, Dilmah believes in giving back to its community through its many benefits. I was lucky to get this opportunity to visit the MJF Foundation in Moratuwa, to find out more about the brand’s non-profit charitable foundation.

People of all ages and genders are given special care and treatment under the foundation so that they will have a brighter future, with the hope that they will, in return, contribute to their own community one day. The funds for this foundation come from profits made by Dilmah itself, and in other words, this means that the fans of the brand play an important role in supporting this cause.

Now, let’s come back to the tea.

Did you know that different types of tea can heighten or mask certain flavours to give you a tea-rrific gastronomic experience?

Photography: Alya Zulkernai

According to Dilhan, the son of Mr. Merill, tea can be served as a palate cleanser between dishes or mouthfuls of a dish. It refreshes and gets the palate ready for the next bite. Hence, why certain tea is paired with a specific dish to help complete the flavour.

I sat with him to spill the ‘tea’ on the perfect tea and food pairing over a tasting session. In a nutshell, it was nothing too complicated but all about experimenting and enjoying the experience!

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