Some things are just meant to go together: Chocolate chip cookies and milk and cheese and wine are some of the most well-known food pairings. Food and drink duos can complement, enhance each others’ flavor through contrast, or bring out textures to add to your eating experience.
Wagashi, or traditional Japanese sweets, are typically served with green tea. These small, beautifully detailed sweets are inspired by the seasons, taking the shape of cherry blossoms in spring or maple leaves in autumn. They are often served in tea ceremonies, where their sweetness pairs well with the bitterness of matcha green tea.
Similarly, white chocolate and matcha are a match made in heaven, and with good reason! The high sweetness of white chocolate (compared to regular chocolate) helps with the strong bitterness of matcha. Matcha white chocolate chip cookies are thus quite popular! Inspired by that, we’ve put together a list of some fun and interesting pairings of Japanese cookies and Japanese teas
With that in mind, we recommend this fun feline pair: the adorable Nekoucha cat-themed tea bags with Hello Kitty biscuits! The pudding version of the Hello Kitty cookie is a vanilla-flavored cookie with a pudding center. The creaminess of these cookies will taste excellent with the Nekoucha black tea, which has delicate floral notes. Plus, serving these is Instagram-worthy because the tea bags have cat-shaped tags, making this perfect for cat lovers!
The toasty, nutty notes of roasted teas like hojicha green tea, which is roasted over charcoal, or genmaichatea, which includes bits of toasted rice, are thought to go well with fruity flavors.
Less overpowering than black tea, and not as grassy as green teas like gyokuro, hojicha tea’s milder flavor makes it easy to enjoy with many kinds of foods, both savory and sweet. Sip a cup of hojicha with Tokyo Chocolate Banana cookies, a chocolate sandwich cookie with a banana-flavored cream center. The almost caramel-like notes of the hojicha will blow your socks off.
These are just a few Japanese biscuits and tea pairings, but there’s plenty more to explore with Bokksu! Discover your own favorite combinations with one of our Japanese snack boxes, which includes snacks, sweets, and teas!
Julia has two passions in life: traveling and food. She fell in love with Japan during her first trip to Tokyo and studied Japanese in college. She loves all things Studio Ghibli, Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings, and spends her free time baking or reading.