If you thought cilantro was divisive, enter Lapsang Souchong, a smoky contender for many a tea-based arguing point. This aggressively aromatic, forcefully flavored black tea gets its character from real smoke—unless you've mistakenly bought something seasoned with imitation smoke flavor&mdasy;and elicits quite a complex set of flavors (and sometimes emotions!)
'Chinese' on Serious Eats
Some of you may be planning to serve a festive roast for Christmas, but others go with fish, goose, or a huge order of Chinese food. Whether you're having a delivery feast or following Kenji's make-at-home method, Peking duck is a meal that deserves a proper beverage.
Just because a certain beer is often sold in Chinese restaurants doesn't mean it's actually the right pairing for Chinese food. Our goal was to find beers that truly complemented the flavors of each dish and were complemented by those dishes in return. We tried a number of excellent beers in search of the perfect matches for our favorite spicy dishes, as well as a few classics of the Americanized Chinese variety.