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6 Places Where You can Find Your Match(a)

9 months ago

6 Places Where You can Find Your Match(a)

Going green? We scoured the metro for unique matcha desserts!

 

Words by Zig Naguiat

 

Verdant in color and earthy in flavor, matcha desserts have become a staple in many Japanese restaurants’ menus. Matcha is originally from China, but this wonder tea’s importance in Buddhist Zen ceremonies has made it an important part of Japanese culinary history as well. Matcha comes in the form of fine powder, and its unique flavor can be polarizing. Not everyone likes it, but those who do like it swear by its delicious taste and numerous health benefits. Tasty and healthy? What’s not to like?

 

1. Kozui Green Tea

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Cream Anmitsu (P150)

I ordered the Cream Anmitsu, a dessert that looks like halo-halo with green ice cream on top. The soft serve green tea ice cream is milky with a strong matcha taste. I mix everything up and take another bite. The strawberry jam and adzuki beans give more depth to the overall flavor. The shaved ice is fine enough, but it had some hard bits. The dango balls add a welcome chewiness, and the jelly bits extra texture. It’s good stuff–you have to try it. Oh, and they also sell their own matcha tin cans.

Tomas Morato Ave., Sacred Heart, Quezon City, (02) 413-2705

 

2. Mochicream Café

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Matcha Dacquoise (P170)

I spotted the Matcha Dacquoise on the menu. What’s a dacquoise? I gues it’s like sans rival, with layers of almond meringue and buttercream. I ordered one and it was blanketed with shaved almonds. Good to see they didn’t skimp on that. It’s a bit hard to cut, but inside it is very rich and buttery. The matcha flavor is more prominent than the buttercream; it’s sweet but not overly so. Since the cake is a bit chewy, I let it sit at room temperature for a while before digging into it again. And there, it’s softer. It’s a bit expensive for a small serving, but I think that quality justifies the price. Try their Matcha Mochi, too. Let it warm in your hand for a bit before taking a bite–it’s soft and pliant mochi with a smooth cream center.

4/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City, (02) 654-5407

 

3. Kissako Uji Matcha Café

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Matcha Parfait (P195)

This café sells mostly matcha desserts. I ordered a Matcha Parfait and Matcha Shortcake. In Japan, they say parfait is a girl’s dessert. I don’t care, we’re not in Japan. And I don’t regret ordering it–it looks very yummy with corn flakes, matcha and vanilla ice cream, matcha jelly, nata de cocoadzuki beans, and matcha shortcake chunks. One thing I didn’t like about this is that it’s hard to eat without creating mess. There’s crunch and chewiness in the dessert, and even fluffiness from the chunks of cake. The nata de coco feels a little off because of its tartness. Perhaps konyakku jelly would have been better. But overall, it’s delicious, fluffy, light, and moist. There are adzuki beans in the middle of the cake with matcha buttercream. Both the dishes were pricey but they both really showcased the flavor of matcha. If you want a matcha fix, you have to go here.

8006 Pioneer St., Pasig City, (02) 730-3356

 

4. Café Shibuya

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Strawberry Matcha Dessert Toast (P195/baby sized)

I ordered a Strawberry Matcha Dessert Toast. Hmm, that’s a tall dessert. It has thick cut toast topped with cinnamon, strawberries, and matcha ice cream. The ice cream isn’t too sweet, though the color is more pale than what I’m used to for green tea. I didn’t ask if it was made in-house, but it has a familiar consistency to it that reminds me of supermarket brands–not that it’s necessarily a bad thing. As a dessert, the dish was alright, with its generic green tea taste. The strawberries taste fresh, but I couldn’t pick up the cinnamon at all. The toast is crisp and fluffy, but pretty tasteless without the ice cream, strawberries, and butter on it, so if you finish those first, the bread gets boring to eat. I was hoping they’d bake matcha into it. Overall, the dish has no oomph.

G/F UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City, (0947) 221-3836

 

5. Bunny Baker

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“Gotcha Matcha” Cupcake (P85) and Matcha Coffee Jelly (P175)

Oh wow, this place is just radiating with cuteness. But I can’t eat cute, so I ordered Matcha Coffee Jelly and “Gotcha Matcha” Cupcake. That face on the cupcake and the fondant on the ice cream are pretty, so maybe it’s possible to eat cuteness after all. First, the cupcake: the frosting is very sweet, buttery, and rich. You can really taste the matcha flavor in it. The cupcake itself, though, is dry and doesn’t have a distinct taste. The first thing I noticed was the taste of baking powder. Ugh. The matcha gelato is decidedly less sweet, and more full-flavored. The consistency is a little off, like it’s a little too icy–definitely not as smooth nor as thick as some of the other gelatos I’ve tried. The gelatin has a strong coffee taste, but it’s not remarkable. I’m not impressed with Bunny Baker, sadly. Both of what I ordered could be much better, especially for their prices.

Hemady Square, 1193 E. Rodriguez Ave. cor Doña Hemady St., New Manila, Quezon City (02) 650-4153

 

6. Snow Creme

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Matcha Snow Ice (P130/regular)

Their Matcha Snow Ice is not the prettiest dessert I’ve seen, but it’s the taste that counts, right? The dessert has finely shaved ice crystals that melt on your tongue, with a mild matcha and milk flavor. There’s some mochi balls to add some chewiness; they’re soft to the bite and cooked through. It also has adzuki beans to add a little sweetness to complement the matcha flavor. I like it! The price offers good value for money, too. Very refreshing! I recommend going here if you want to cool yourself off on a hot day.

2/F Unit 2A, 189 Maginhawa cor. Makadios St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

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