Ken and walked around the west village one lazy Saturday afternoon and stopped by Te Company for some oolong tea and pineapple cookies. The tea shop has a small storefront but is very charming and is manned by a husband/wife team:
The wife curates the tea selection and her husband creates snacks that accompany the snacks – he worked as a sous chef at Per Se and used to work at El Bulli as well.
The oolong tea menu is similar to a wine menu; it lists the notes that you’ll taste in the tea and also writes a little bit about where the oolong is picked from. After we picked the oolong tea, we also ordered two pineapple cookies – these are similar to the Taiwanese pineapple cakes that are a shortbread cake filled with fresh pineapple:
The wife grew up in Taiwan and this is her husband’s variation on the Taiwanese snack. These cookies were served with a healthy dose of Maldon sea salt and fresh lime zest – they were so good we contemplated getting another one!
Our tea with our cookies:
You can get refills of hot water because the pots for the tea are pretty tiny (they look like they’re from Taiwan because I grew up with a similar tea pot). They even offered to give us a to go cup when we were on our way out. The tea shop is definitely worth a visit – if you’re not a tea fan, at least try their pastries and cookies!