NYC: Tea Time at Masak

Saturday, April 7, 2012 2comments No tags Permalink 0

A tea tasting (accompanied by sweet and savory nibbles) at Masak. Loved spending the afternoon at this tiny East Village restaurant while the city quickly emptied out for Easter weekend. Holidays are the best time to stay in NYC: reservations available at any restaurant, quiet streets, no lines for gelato, and time to reflect. Five teas meant to pair with five different dishes, enjoy.

To start, salted sesame rice crisps with Golden Jasmine tea.

Deviled quail eggs (with a good kick of spice) and nutty Sunset Oolong tea.

Market greens and flowers with ramp and scallion fritters. Think scallion pancakes with the addition of ramps. Paired with Shooting Star – a Chinese green tea, light with a toasty finish.

Here’s the little bowl of edible flowers to accompany. How precious are these? Yellow flowers come from the same plant as arugula, complete with that distinct spicy bite.

And my favorite dish of the afternoon, coconut rice pudding finished with wolfberries and toasted coconut tossed with black sesame seeds. The bottom of the bowl was lined in guava paste, an all around excellent dessert, and one that I wish was on the regular dinner menu. Paired with Dragon Lily, a white tea with honeysuckle notes.

Dates and salted almond milk chocolate with Camellia Blossoms. This tea is non-caffeinated since it uses the blossoms of the tea plant, and caffeine is only found in the leaves. Brews up earthy and deep. This is one I’d love to drink all night long…

Masak
432 East 13th Street
New York, NY 10009
(212) 260-6740

2 Comments
  • anonymous
    April 8, 2012

    I love tea tastings like this! Will have to remember to check Masak out next time I'm in New York.Nice to have met you last week!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    April 11, 2012

    Hi Lori! So good to meet you as well – hope you had fun at the Expo. I didn't have much time to walk around and see all the exhibitors but everything sure looked delicious ^_^

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