Month: February 2015

Matcha 抹茶

                                                 How to Make Matcha / Japanese Green Tea Homemade Matcha is the best! With a little bit of training you can make a fine bowl of tea, and you will find it easier than you thought.  What you need to have:  Matcha Powder Chasen (bambo whisk) Chashaku (bamboo scoop) or measuring spoon Matcha Chawan (tea bowl) Matcha Strainer Hot Water Instructions 1. Use the Chashaku (bamboo scoop) to measure the matcha powder, about 2 scoops for Usucha (thin tea) , or 3-4 scoops for Koicha (thick tea). Sift your matcha powder into your tea bowl, this will ensure there are no lumps so your tea will be smooth. 2. Add hot water (about 70 cc), use water just under a boil for best result. 3. Using your Chasen (bamboo whisk), whisk to combine your tea. Begin slowly to dissolve matcha, then move very briskly back and forth as fast as you can in the middle of …

Ichigo Daifuku

 Ichigo Daifuku / いちご大福 / Strawberry & Sweet Red Bean Mochi Ichigo (strawberry) Daifuku is a Japanese confection consisting of a small round mochi (glutinous rice cake) stuffed with sweet filling anko, sweetened red bean paste made from azuki beans. The name Daifuku in Japanese literally means “great luck”. Because it contains strawberry, it is usually eaten during the springtime. Ichigo Daifuku is easy to make and can be enjoyed as a delicious afternoon snack with a hot cup of green tea. Ingredients 60g glutinous flour 45g granulated sugar 105cc water 120g red bean paste 4 pcs strawberry DIRECTIONS 1. Divide red bean paste into 4 equal portions. Cover each of the strawberry with a portion of bean paste, try making it as round as possible. Set aside. 2. Put water, glutinous flour and sugar in a pot and stir well, and then cook until get thick. 3. Sift some potato starch/corn starch onto a baking tray and place the mochi on top, 4. Divide the mochi into 4 equal portions. 5. Take a portion of the mochi and gently flatten and expand into …