Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Better Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Matcha latte. A fusion beverage between the East and the West. The lovely, slightly bitter taste of green tea powder, blended into smooth full-cream milk, whisked till frothy. A steaming mug of it is good on a chilly day, and even better icy-cold on a sweltering 40C Sydney summer day.

I don't think you can go wrong with most Japanese food (liquids included), having never had anything Japanese that I did not like. While on this, my culinary memory is jogged. I recall a trip to Tokyo several years ago, wandering around alone, looking for a restaurant for dinner and trying to decipher what was on the menu, relying on the similarity between Chinese characters and Kanji, I remember having this wonderful drink in a restaurant, which was a blend (again!) of cold Oolong tea with soya bean milk. I would have never thought of mixing those 2 individual drinks together. But again, the slightly bitter Oolong tea, went really well with the sweet soya bean milk, both balancing the other, a yin-yang combination. Just like the East-West combi.

A good pairing of 2 different things, come together so well and is bigger and better than the sum of its parts.

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