10 Matcha Dishes We Love
Because green tea doesn't just mean tea.
(SPOT.ph) Matcha do about nothing? When you're talking about matcha, it is everything. We're graduating from matcha lattes (for now) because there are so many other green tea treats to try—and we don't just mean Kit-Kats. From soup to Eggs Benedict, churros to tiramisu, this list can satisfy any of your green tea cravings.
Ooma’s Matcha Green Tea-ramisu (P195)
The Hanger Steak and Soft Shell Crab Tako-Maki may be Ooma's primary draws, but there's no better way to end a meal here than with the Matcha Green Tea-ramisu. It's creamy but impressively light, the layers of soft biscuit hinting at an earthy matcha taste. Notice the extra ladyfinger on the side? Go ahead, use it as a spoon.
Ooma has branches at 3/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City; and Rockwell Edades, Makati City.
Kissako Café’s Uji Matcha Ramen (P200)
There's matcha to love at Kissako Café. The rainy season marks the best period to enjoy their refreshing and light Uji Matcha Ramen. It's a great alternative for those who find the standard ramen too heavy. The noodles are spiked with matcha to really incorporate that earthy tone, while slices of charsiu and tamago enrich the overall flavor. This is also available with thinner noodles for P150.
The Uji Matcha Ramen is only available from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Monday to Friday). Kisako Uji Matcha Cafe is at Pioneer Center, Pasig City.
Ippudo’s Matcha Creme Brulee (P140)
A heavy ramen meal always invites something subtle and sweet afterwards. Ippudo provides the full dining experience by rewarding guests with the Matcha Creme Brulee. The delicate bittersweet taste of matcha is given a boost thanks to the creamy custard and vanilla ice cream.
Ippudo has branches at SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City; Robinsons Place Manila, Manila; and Uptown Place Mall, Uptown Bonifacio.
FAT’s Green Tea Chicharon (P190)
We've all eaten chicharon, but have you ever tried one sprinkled with matcha? A Big Mac-sized version of this Pinoy classic is dusted with green tea powder and paired with spicy pinakurat vinegar. It's perfect for happy hour!
FAT is at Forbes Town Center, 29th Street Corner, Rizal Drive, Burgos Circle.
Kumori’s Soft Matcha Bun (P48)
Kumori is a trap for pastry lovers, but don’t miss out on their soft matcha bun. It's a large and delectable pouf, topped with generous flurry of matcha powder and an earthy, bittersweet cream filling. Kumori doesn't use preservatives so everything on their shelves last just about a day. We doubt it would take you that long to eat this bun though.
Kumori has branches at SM Makati and Landmark Makati. Café Kumori is at SM North EDSA The Block, Quezon City.
Churreria La Lola’s Matcha Green Tea Churros (P245 to P555)
La Lola never runs out of ways to present churros. After enrobing their fried choux pastry in dark chocolate and white chocolate, this churro chain decided that the time was ripe for matcha-glazed treats. To bump up the sweetness, it comes with a white chocolate zigzag on top.
See a list of Churreria La Lola branches.
The Bunny Baker Cafe and Cake Studio’s Green Eggs and Ham (P195)
The Bunny Baker may be famous for their adorable pink interiors, but they're pretty daring when it comes to their menu choices. Case in point: their Green Eggs and Ham. They start off with convention—an English muffin, ham, and a perfectly poached egg, but they play around with the sauce a bit. The rich hollandaise sauce is tinted with matcha, adding a new dimension to familiar flavors.
The Bunny Baker is at 86 Doña Hemady Street Corner E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Kristong Hari, Quezon City.
Arigatori Yakitori-ya’s Matcha Beer (P90)
Who says that matcha is only for teas, frappes, and lattes? In Arigatori Yakitori-ya, you can enjoy your beer with an additional herby note. It will certainly give new flavor to your inuman sesh.
Arigatori Yakitori-ya is at Acacia Grove, Multinational Avenue corner Judea Extension, Moonwalk, Parañaque City.
Takashi's Matcha Jelly with Ice Cream (P108)
Sometimes, all you need is something simple and reassuring. Takashi's dessert is exactly that. Soft cubes of matcha jelly are bolstered by creamy matcha ice cream. We don't care about the weather. We'll take this any day.
Takashi has branches at Pioneer Center, Pasig City; and G/F Elizabeth Place Building, 332 H.V. Dela Costa Street, Makati City.
Ikigai Kakigori Cafe’s Matcha Kakigori (P190 to P250)
Specializing in Japanese shaved ice desserts, it seems fairly obvious for Ikigai to integrate matcha as a flavor. The creamy milk ice is topped with matcha ice cream, sweetened adzuki (red beans), and green tea shiratama. The combination is a slamdunk when it comes to matcha flavors. Don't worry, dessert lovers. The bowl still ends up sweet.
Ikigai Kakigori Café is at POS Building, Scout Mandriñan Street corner Tomas Morato Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City.