Matcha Latte Recipe
I get often asked which basic Japanese ingredients are ‘must-haves’, and one of the stuff I always recommend is matcha. For those who aren’t familiar with matcha, it’s from the same family from green tea (ryokucha) but they taste differently; please read this for matcha, and this for ryokucha (green tea) if you wish to know more about them! Yes, matcha is a drink, but it can also be used to make matcha-flavoured sweets such as biscuits, ice cream, chocolate, cakes and so on. And today’s recipe (well, it’s probably too easy to be called a recipe) is the basic of the basic; matcha latte. It’s super easy and yummy, so treat yourself!
Ingredients (For one serving)
- 2 to 3 teaspoon matcha powder
- 1/2 to 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 200cc milk
1) Put matcha powder and sugar in a mug. If you like it strong, put 3 teaspoons, but otherwise 2 teaspoons should be enough.
2) Warm up milk in a milk pan or by microwave.
3) Add 2 tablespoons of hot milk into the matcha and sugar mix, then stir well with a little whisk or a small milk frother until it becomes a smooth paste. You can mix with a spoon, but matcha is very hard to dissolve (similar to pure cocoa powder) so that you have to do it vigorously.
4) Add the rest of the milk and stir, then enjoy!
My mum sent me this matcha powder from Kyoto. Matcha’s bitterness goes well with any kind of sweets, but I think white chocolates are the best match; I normally don’t like white chocolates, but with matcha they are heavenly!