You Have to Try These Matcha-Flavored Tiramisu Treats in Japan
The battle is on for the best one.
If you have a sweet tooth with a particular weakness for matcha desserts, include these cafes in your itinerary:
YOJIYA CAFÉ in Gion
2/F Izawa Bldg., 266 Kitagawa Gionmachi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (last order is at 7:30 p.m.)
Those familiar with Yojiya know it as a brand that produces oil blotting paper. However, they also have a café in Gion with the same name that serves Japanese sweets made from matcha and tofu.
Guilt-free and refreshing, the O-tofu Tiramisu (¥670) is a combination of tofu and matcha served with whipped cream on the side. The matcha powder used is from a green tea farm in Uji, and is carefully measured to maintain the taste of tofu. For those who aren’t really into sweets but want to savor aromatic Uji green tea, this dessert is for you.
Take a look at the Yojiya Special Matcha Cappuccino (¥670) closely. What do you see? If you make out an image of a woman, then you’re correct. That is the Kyoto woman on Yojiya’s oil blotting paper.
T-GREEN’S in Shinsekai
2-1-22 Ebisu-higashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (last order is at 9:30 p.m.)
This is the cafe’s second branch after the first branch in Tenjinbashi-suji. Here, you can have a relaxing time enjoying different kinds of teas.
Priced at ¥1,200 per set, the Matcha Tiramisu is a light fluffy matcha cream that blends both Japanese and western flavors of mascarpone cheese, fresh cream, and matcha from a tea shop in Kyoto. At the bottom is a layer of delectable bamboo charcoal coffee chiffon cake. And the best part is you can bring the box container home!
For a sweeter treat, we recommend the Pavlova Parfait Matcha (¥700), which has traditional Japanese ingredients such as mochi, sweet red beans, and green tea.
OTYOBO by ENGAWA Cafe
155-4 Tachibana Yanagi, Nijo Agaru, Shinkarasuma Road, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last order is at 5 p.m.); closed on Thursdays
Enjoy original versions of Kyoto delicacies nama-fu (fresh wheat gluten) and yaki-fu (baked wheat gluten) at ENGAWA Café's second branch.
Matcha plus yaki-fu plus Japanese sake is equal to Yaki-fu no Matcha Tiramisu. This unique treat is a mixture of mascarpone cheese, sake (from a local brewery in Kyoto), and matcha-soaked pieces of yaki-fu that are placed on a small sake cup. Get a taste of this dessert for ¥432.
There's also the café’s signature Nama-fu Manju (wheat gluten mochi cakes); it has six flavors. Two of them include a plain nama-fu with matcha-flavored bean paste and the ichigo nama-fu with white bean paste priced from ¥345 to ¥399.
1/F & 2/F 1-4-20 Shinsaibashi-suji, Chuo Ward, Osaka
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (last order is at 7:45 p.m.)
*1/F is open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (last order is at 5:45 p.m.)
A renowned café that started in Kyoto in 1869, UJIEN KISSAKO recently added the Matcha Tiramisu Set (¥1,080) to the menu in their Osaka branch.
Served in a green-colored container, the tiramisu is made from a generous amount of Kyoto’s Uji matcha, which has an appetizing scent and flavor. Take note that this dish is only offered in limited quantities per day and sells out as early as lunch time.
Next up is the Matcha Kissaki Parfait (¥880), which is a staple in the café’. This treat is a tasty blend of mochi balls, soft-serve ice cream, jelly, and cake.
Block 2N26+37, 2-bangai Namba Walk, 1-3-12 Namba, Chuo Ward, Osaka
Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (last order is at 9:30 p.m.)
*The following information are accurate as of published date in Japan.
A queue at MACCHA HOUSE in Kyoto is a regular sight. That is why it’s no surprise that the newly opened Osaka branch, the fourth in Japan, is just as popular.
The store’s Uji Matcha Tiramisu is a velvety concoction of mascarpone cheese, egg, and fresh cream that you can purchase for ¥594. Its bottom is a soft slice of sponge cake soaked in rich matcha sauce. The matcha used in this tiramisu is from Morihan, a long-established green tea manufacturer in Uji, Kyoto. Having an intense matcha flavor, this dessert is absolutely worth the long queue!
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Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kansai Walker™ (18 November 2017)