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Published on 02.07.2016
“Matcha” is a type of green tea made from tea leaves that have been milled into a fine powder by a stone mill. Usually, people drink matcha adding hot water to the powder in a tea cup. matcha has bitter and sweet taste that has been loved by Japanese people for almost a millennium. The leaves from which matcha is made are rich in nutrients vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
Many cafes in Japan offer “matcha latte,” which is a type of drink made with matcha instead of coffee, on their menus. The taste of matcha mixed with milk and sugar is mild and easy to drink. Recently, people have begun using matcha not only for drinking purposes, but also as a seasoning in cooking. It seems that many chefs abroad have been using matcha for cuisine and dessert too. The combination with matcha and “anko,” which is a type of paste made by simmering red beans and sugar, go well together like ice cream and cakes. Matcha is not only used for traditional Japanese sweets, but also for western pastries as well.
You will find various kinds of matcha flavored snacks at supermarkets and convenience stores in Japan. Matcha flavored snacks are popular among foreign tourists and many of them buy those snacks as Japanese souvenirs. World-famous snacks such as “Oreo” and “Kit Kat” also have matcha flavor in Japan. The green color of matcha makes the snacks look look vivid and appealing to the eye. Matcha flavored chocolate and cookies have a bitterness to goes well with their natural sweetness. They make good souvenirs because most Japanese sweets are wrapped individually. The price of snacks you found at supermarkets is mostly between 100 yen and 300 yen, making them quite affordable, and easy to try many different types of snacks while you are in Japan!
Matcha-flavored food items have long history in Japan, and are highly recommended as souvenirs.
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