Teas for your Mooncakes 中秋节饮茶

Updated: Jan 25


Mid Autumn Teas 中秋节茶

Mid-autumn festival is just around the corner! While it’s time to stuff ourselves with our favourite mooncakes in the company of our families and friends, do not forget to enjoy them with a good pot of tea.

Pairing mooncakes with tea is not just a tradition, but is also a great way to look after our health while gorging on the delicious but high caloric pastries.



Chinese Teas

Apart from cleansing the palate and balancing the richness of the mooncakes, Chinese teas made from good quality tea leaves also have the general properties of quenching thirst, clearing toxins, clearing dampness, aiding in digestion, and promoting alertness.

Some examples of Chinese teas include:

  • Green tea (e.g. Lóng Jǐng Chá 龙井茶)

  • Oolong tea (e.g. Tiě Guān Yīn 铁观音)

  • Red tea (e.g. Qí Mén Hóng Chá 祁门红茶)

  • Black tea (e.g. Pǔ Ěr Chá 普洱茶)

Each type of tea has its own unique characteristics, for example green tea is cooling and is more suitable for those with symptoms of excess heat. Whereas red tea can warm the stomach and is suitable for those with cold in the stomach, which is displayed as symptoms of stomach discomfort after taking cold drinks, cold pain in the stomach etc.

(Note that the “red tea” in Chinese culture is sometimes referred to as “black tea”, particularly in the west.)

Herbal Teas

As mooncakes tend to be high in sugar and fats, they may cause “heatiness” when consumed, resulting in symptoms such as pimple outbreaks, mouth ulcers or cough with yellow phlegm. The richness may also lead to stomach discomfort in some people.

Some herbal teas can help to cut through the richness of mooncakes as well as clear the excess heat.

An example is tea made with Chrysanthemum (菊花), Chinese hawthorn (山楂) and Wolfberries (枸杞子). This tea is ideal for this purpose because:

  • Chrysanthemum has the ability to clear heat and toxins from the body.

  • Chinese hawthorn can aid in digestion, particularly in the breakdown of fatty foods. Its sourness can also help balance the richness of the mooncakes.

  • Chinese hawthorn may also encourage healthier blood lipid levels.

  • Wolfberries not only can replenish the liver and kidneys and promote better eyesight, but may also encourage the lowering of blood sugar and blood lipid levels.

RECIPE: Chrysanthemum, hawthorn and wolfberry tea (serves 3-4)

Ingredients: Dried Chrysanthemum flowers, Dried Chinese hawthorn, Dried wolfberries - 1 tablespoon each Directions: Soak the ingredients in 500ml of hot water for 10min

Flower teas that help with sleep

Since families and friends tend to gather in the evenings during mid-autumn festival, Chinese tea may not be suitable for some at this late hour as it may impede one’s sleep. If the excitement of late night chatting also keeps you up at night, you can replace the Chinese tea with flower teas that can soothe your mind and give you a good night’s rest.

One example is tea made using chamomile (洋甘菊), lavender (薰衣草) and roses (玫瑰花). The soothing aroma of this tea can help with relaxation and may promote better sleep.


RECIPE: Chamomile, lavender and rose tea (serves 3-4)

Ingredients: Dried chamomile flowers, Dried lavender flowers, Dried rose buds - 1 tablespoon each Directions: Soak the ingredients in 500ml of hot water for 10min


中秋节转眼间就快到了!在和亲朋好友一同赏月,及品尝月饼时,桌上少不了一壶能沁心入脾的好茶。

中秋月饼配搭好茶并非只为了迎合华人传统而已,乃是更能让您的健康在享受佳节美肴时无后忧之顾。

中国茶

中国茶配搭月饼除了能平衡月饼的浓郁口感及解腻外,以茶叶浸泡的茶还有止渴,解毒,祛湿,消食,及提神作用。

主要四大茶类包括:

  • 绿茶 (如 龙井茶)

  • 乌龙茶 (如 铁观音)

  • 红茶 (如 祁门红茶)

  • 黑茶 (如 普洱茶)

各种茶叶之功效各有其特点,如绿茶清热功效较显著,适合体内有余热人士饮用,而红茶具有暖胃之功,适宜经历冷饮则胃脘不舒,胃脘冷痛之胃寒人士。

(中国红茶在西方国家也常被称为“乌茶”)

草药茶

月饼甘甜油腻,易在体内化热,出现长痘,长口疮,咳嗽痰黄等症状。月饼之油腻也可使某些人士胃脘不舒。饮用草药茶能消脂去腻,也能清热。

菊花山楂枸杞子茶是此佳节最理想的饮料之一。

  • 菊花可清热解毒

  • 山楂可消食,尤为消化油腻食品。山楂之酸性也能去除月饼之腻。

  • 此外,山楂还可有降血脂之功效。

  • 枸杞子不只能补益肝肾,益精明目,还可帮助降低血糖与血脂

菊花山楂枸杞子茶

材料 (3-4 人份冲泡法):菊花,山楂,枸杞子 各 一 汤匙 泡法:用半公升热开水冲泡10 分钟即可

安眠花茶

中秋佳节,月圆人圆,家家户户于夜深时刻仍汇聚赏月,此时饮用中国茶,对某些人则会妨碍睡眠。若夜间谈天,过度兴奋影响睡眠,可尝试饮用安眠花茶。

洋甘菊,薰衣草及玫瑰花都有安神催眠之功效。


洋甘菊薰衣草玫瑰茶

材料 (3-4 人份冲泡法):洋甘菊,薰衣草,玫瑰花 各 一 汤匙 泡法:用半公升热开水冲泡10 分钟即可