Last weekend we were invited for diner at a friend’s place. This usually means I bring a bottle or wine, or help with the dishes afterwards. Anything but me getting involved in the actual making of the food generally ends up OK 🙂
To everyone’s surprise, I made the following bold announcement: I will make dessert today! And I’m going to do it all by myself!
It’s a good thing everyone was seated, as nobody was expecting this. The resulting silent stares also showed a painful lack of faith.
It was time to bring out…the box!
It’s easy to see where I got my confidence. Making the desert isn’t exactly a huge challenge, as conveniently displayed (in English!) on the back:
- Put a stick of pudding mix into the cup.
- Add 60ml of hot water (90° or higher) and stir well about 1 minute
- Cool it down in the refrigerator over 3 hours
Japan is really fond of these little red beans called Azuki (Adzuki). They are grown all around East-Asia and are used a lot in in all types of foods, like hot dishes, soups, porridge, confectionery, etc. Most popular however is the sweetened Azuki paste called Anko, which turns out to go really well with Matcha.
Check out this really nice matcha cake with anko filling for example. Would you be able to resist it? Right 😉
Alas, a freshly prepared cake like this will be out of reach for many of us westerners. Unless you feel like paying $$$ to fly it across oceans and continents in a couple of days. Not the best of ideas indeed.
After a lot of tasting (and gaining some pounds along the way 🙂 ) it’s time to focus on what this blog is all about: the world of Matcha noms!
This means I’m going to be writing reviews of every Japanese Matcha item I can get my hands on, hoping to become a reference for everyone with an interest in the topic. Whether you are just curious or an addict looking for the best new Matcha treat in town, you should feel right at home 🙂
I will try to be as objective as possible, keeping into account parameters such as the packaging, the impression the product leaves on me and the actual taste of course. Information about the manufacturer etc. will be included as well.
Let’s get started!
Contestant number one: Oreo Bits Sandwiches Matcha
You might be wondering why an all American brand like Oreo is in this list, but make no mistake: they have a whole variety of treats available in Japan too!
In fact, the Japanese company Nabisco is licensed to use the (very strong) Oreo brand and bring a whole range of localised snacks of which the Matcha sandwiches are just one.