February 21, 2016
Provided by Tsuyoshi @Otabe Kafe
Matcha is a premium green tea powder which is made in Japan, used for drinking as tea or as an ingredient in recipes. Matcha is really popular these days, and ‘Matcha Sweets’ have become the new craze in Japan! The good thing about Matcha is that, not only is it delicious, but it has lots of health benefits too: it relaxes the mind, and contains nutrients, antioxidants and fibre. When Matcha’s bitter taste is combined with sweetness, you get an amazing flavour and taste!
This recipe is inspired by Japanese traditional sweets, ‘Kuzukiri’ and ‘Kuro-Mitsu’. ‘Kuzukiri’ looks very similar to DRIED KONYAKU – SHIRATAKI NOODLES but is traditionally made from a starch called ‘Kuzu’, which contains a lot more calories, so we are going to substitute this with the healthier and lower calorie option of Dried Konyaku instead. ‘Kuzukiri’ is typically served in sweet black syrup made from black sugar. ‘Kuro’ means black and ‘Mitsu’ means syrup in Japanese.
Tsuyoshi @Otabe Kafe
Note: Now Matcha Kuzukiri Starter Set is available. Please check our shop.
1Prepare the ‘DRIED KONYAKU’ as instructed on the packet
2Make Matcha paste. Put Matcha powder and 25ml of hot water in a small bowl and mix well (Adjust the thickness by adding hot water until you have a smooth paste)
3Add soya milk to the saucepan and bring to the boil and turn off the heat
4Add Matcha paste and sugar to the pan and whisk well
5Add prepared Konyaku to the pan and stir well
6Serve into 2 bowls then top with azuki beans and sesame seeds
7Can be served hot or cold. Enjoy!
To enrich the flavour, wait a while after Method 5 to allow the flavours to infuse.
If you can make frothed milk at home, you can put this on top.