Tea for Mooncake?

Tea for Mooncake?
September 9, 2016 Tea Hong
In Nature of Things

Mid Autumn Festival

As the shape of the moon grows fuller towards what the lunar calendar marks as Mid-Autumn, Mooncake Festival is around the corner. There is a popular belief that pu’er would be the tea to pair with the heavy grease contents of the festive dessert. In practice, the post-fermented tea has to be used well in order to deliver the anti-guilt benefits.

If you need a shu cha pu’er to help you degrease, in feeling and in your system, never drink it cool, but always quite hot. Never too weak but strong enough to the maximum limit of your taste. Rather like an expresso.

Shengcha is another story. I shall discuss that in another post.

There are actually a few other teas that possess the needed health protection characteristics and are good matches with the intensely sweet lotus paste. They are generally a lot easier than pu’er when it comes to helping the digestion situation.


The delicious, sweet, tempting and densely packed mooncake. The dark colour filling is a traditional style dark sugar sweetened lotus seed paste. There are all sorts of fillings nowadays. From very old style ham and nuts to chocolate ice-cream or durian mousse. Mooncake is a must have for Mid Autumn Festival. I guess that’s why it has come to known as Mooncake Festival in some places.


One best group of candidates are the Wuyi oolongs. They are strong enough in taste even when in moderate to lighter strengths, and pair well with the many popular varieties of mooncakes. My personal favourites are Red Cloak Grande and Meizhan Classic. They both have a distinct bitterness that define better the taste of the lotus seed filling and in turn taste better themselves because of the raw cane sugar in the paste of the cake.

One can even prepare the same tea in gongfu style in added strength after the food craze to sooth the stuffed stomach.

Fire-dragon in Tai Hang, Hong Kong

One of the most celebrated events during Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong is the Fire-Dragon Dance in Tai Hang


Another potent group is the Phoenix oolongs. Use the classic style ones when the tea is enjoyed with the mooncakes. Honey Orchid, Orchid Gratus, Phoenix Classic etc are classic style. As for the bouquet style ones, drink them afterwards.

Similarly, baked tieguanyins, such as Alishan Guanyin and Tieguanyin Classic are effective too.

Green and white teas are generally richer in catechins, however. They play well the day after, and perhaps lasting a few days more, depending on how indulgent you have been in the full-moon night.

Lanterns in the park

Families and friends hold small lantern parties everywhere. Where space is at a premium in the densely populated city, Mid Autumn Festival lends itself to the people to declare their little spaces with the warmth of candle lights from a circumference of lanterns.