When you go to Japan you quickly pick up on the fact that they are very big on matcha so finding matcha flavored ice-cream, oreo cookies, kit kats, waffles… is a piece of cake but there is no doubt that the real thing is even better. Matcha is a special green tea which is ground into powder. The health benefits of it are marvelous being a great antioxidant amongst other things.
Before we went to Japan. thanks to friends who were raving about this special tea with a very particular sweet-sour flavor, I started falling in love with both the flavor and the whole ceremony behind the preparation of a cup of matcha. Obviously I was eager to find good matcha and also the whole cup, wooden spoon and bamboo whisk kit so that I could continue to enjoy a cup of matcha the traditional way back home with my Japan bought accessories.
Thanks to a blog I read about the matcha roll cake which they make here a Nishinotoin Tea Shop I quickly added it to our list of must-go places. According to this blogger, it was to die for. We decided that we couldn’t leave Kyoto without trying it. Boy was she right, delicious! The cake is soft, creamy and perfect.
To accompany your cake, matcha of course. There is a wide variety of different matcha preparations, you can order traditional style hot tea, served with ice, with milk…since there were four us we each ordered it prepared a different way so that way we could try them. Rest asure that you can order it whichever way entices you the most and it will be superb. There is a certain frothy quality that I can’t manage to obtain at home. If you fall in love with latte or ice style, do not worry because they sell these different preparations in tins or boxes so that you can take them back home.
Japan is a fascinating destination and tea there takes on a whole new angle, one that should not be missed. Now, to make the journey and not try that matcha roll cake…. well that is just unforgivable.
Nishinotoin Tea Shop & Tea House Motoan, Kyoto
Very close to Nijo Castle
Shop open: 9:30~18:00 Tea house open: 10:30~17:00 (last order)
Closed: Every Wednesday (open on national holidays), 1st, 2nd & 3rd of January