TEA PICKLES 🍃 [RECIPE]

A fancy recipe from @mrst.delikatessen

"Tea Pickle! What?! Sweet and sour pickled tea leaves. I am so excited and have finally found a perfect use for my brewed tea leaves. They are far too good to just throw them away #nowaste!

Recently I came across the idea of marinating tea leaves in an instagram story of Camellia's Teahouse. I was immediately thrilled! After some research I found out that it's not as weird as I first thought. Because in Myanmar there is a very traditional dish "Lahpet Toke" made of fermented tea leaves that are pickled sweet and sour. Then there are vegetables, shrimps and lots of spices.

For my approach I started in the classical way and used my brewed green tea leaves (Kabuse). As aromatics I added onion, garlic, ginger and chili – similar to the Lahpet Toke. As infusion I used mirin and white wine vinegar. Mirin is a sweet rice wine from the Japanese kitchen. You can also use white wine and some sugar instead. The ratio of the ingredients – tea leaves, "wine" and vinegar – is one third each. It is important that the brewed tea leaves dry a little bit first. For this reason I simply put them on a kitchen towel and waited 1-2 days. At the end all ingredients are put into a glass, stirred vigorously and put in the fridge for 2-3 days. So simple. 

The result is absolutely delicious! On sandwiches (instead of cucumber relish) they add a great spice, and for grilling, etc. they are a perfect companion. Of course I will have to try Lahpet Toke with them soon. And I definitely have to try the pickling with other kinds of tea as well.

Have fun trying it out!

For those who would like to try more hearty teas, I recommend the scones with smoked tea or the sandwich butter."

Ingredients:
  • 1/3 brewed green tea leaves
  • 1/3 Mirin
  • 1/3 white wine vinegar
  • Onion, sliced
  • Garlic, whole
  • Ginger, sliced
Instead of mirin you can use white wine and add some sugar. You can also use champagne vinegar.

Preparation:

Put brewed green tea leaves on a kitchen towel and let it dry for 1-2 days. The leaves do not have to be completely dried again. However, they should feel dry on the surface.
Pour all ingredients into a glass, stir vigorously and then place in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Leave in the refrigerator and take out of the jar for use as required.

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