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Matcha Green Tea Powder---what brand? where to buy? what to do with it?

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I have been seeing some awesome pictures on Tastespotting and Foodgawker that require Matcha tea powder. I have never used it but would like to try it out. What does it taste like? Also, where can I buy some? Asian grocery store? What isle? And are any brands better? Also, what are your favorite uses for it?

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  1. I love matcha. I usually just drink it as tea. You really need a bamboo matcha whisk like this one to get it truly lump-free and frothy:
    http://www.o-cha.com/green-tea/matcha...
    They can get pretty expensive but I got mine free from a tea shop as a bonus when I bought some matcha and it's served me just fine. So shop around.

    Be sure to use water at ~170-180 degrees
    I get my matcha from Asian markets (Japanese & Korean are sure bets) in the tea aisle or a reputable tea shop... but I'm not super picky.

    Matcha also makes great iced tea (straight or flavored) but it's a bit decadent (ie, expensive) so I tend to use the cheaper genmaicha or sencha for iced tea.

    On my list of recipes to try is this one: http://tinyurl.com/qayj5b
    also green tea ice cream, green tea creme brulee, green tea truffles. I once had an incredible (and incredibly expensive) green tea "chocolate" from a fancy tea shop in NY made from matcha and I think white chocolate. The green tea flavor was so haunting. I think it was like $4 for a 1x1x1/2" piece. Oh, but it was so good. I've been searching for a recipe for something like that ever since.

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    1. re: soniabegonia

      I've made truffles from white chocolate and matcha powder before - very nice! I think I just used a normal truffle recipe, and added matcha powder to taste.

      I've also made matcha and cashew biscotti which were very good.

    2. I really like the matcha from teanobi. They also carry matcha for baking.

      http://www.teanobi.com/Default.asp?Re...

      1. Matcha powder can be added to muffin batter, cookie dough, smoothies, salad dressing, infused as ice cubes. The flavor is very subtle but the fab green color really enhances the appearance of many recipes. Experiment.

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        1. re: HillJ

          I love it in ice cream base! Top it with red beans and YUM!

          1. re: Sherri K

            Me too, Sherri K! When we bake fortune cookies we crumple a handfull in the ice cream maker as the green tea cream swirls-delicious!

            1. re: HillJ

              OK Hill- ya know I'm doin' that next time I make a batch ok ice cream! Even if the cookies are store bought!

              1. re: Sherri K

                So worth it Sherri K, love the semi-crunch. The cookies soften and make for a nice texture.

        2. Just a reminder - after opening, matcha should be refrigerated and stored in an air tight container. Hope you enjoy it.

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          1. re: jcr1

            Thanks everyone!

          2. The best i've had came from matchasource.com

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            1. re: EWSflash

              Do you recall which one you ordered? I've been thinking about doing this for a while. Did you get the whisk and bowl there, too? I was leaning toward going local on this purchase, but would appreciate your input. Thanks!

              1. re: kattyeyes

                Okeydokey, well, I googled and found a site for tea-heads called Steepster...and there, found ratings for best matchas, so am looking forward to the arrival of my Green Matcha from Pure Matcha this week.
                http://steepster.com/teas?matcha=on

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  steepster has an interesting line up kattyeyes. Did you select the pure green matcha only? they have some unique flavors.

                  1. re: HillJ

                    Yes, don't they? For now, starting with the pure green and seeing where I go from there. Awaiting my bowl and whisk from Den's Tea as well! Matcha has been on my wish list for a long while; I finally put all the pieces together so I can enjoy the experience--and health benefits--properly.

                    I must confess, the Lemonatcha (catchy!) caught my eye, too...as did the blueberry vanilla. Which flavors piqued your interest?

                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      Oh def. the vanilla matcha...and you gotta give the Gotcha Matcha a try...just for heck sake!

                      1. re: HillJ

                        HA HA, I know, I like just saying it: Gotcha Matcha! ;)

                        1. re: kattyeyes

                          http://www.tealish.com/ProductDetails...
                          kattyeyes, when you get through your matcha stash I highly recommend this brand/flavor next!

                          1. re: HillJ

                            I'd swear you must be my sister. ;) Thanks so much--definitely on the list now.

                            1. re: kattyeyes

                              What an adorable and nice thing to say! I consider being your chow-sister quite an honor :)

                              1. re: HillJ

                                Made my maiden matcha voyage yesterday. A work in progress--two bowls in and I have yet to get the powder to water ratio quite right, but I'm very pleased with my purchases.

                                I decided to get a travel chasen-zutsu--not that I intend to be a traveling matcha-maker (!), but I thought it would be a smart way to safely store my new tool--and it is. Such a slick, slick product and truly clever as indicated in its description.
                                http://www.denstea.com/matcha-teaware...

                                I think once I get the ratios right, I'll enjoy the matcha even more. Till then, I am looking forward to exploring other flavors after I make it through this canister.

                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                  Awesome kattyeyes and wonderful pixs (you really are a marvel). The ratio is very much a personal preference. Some matcha drinkers love a thick brew while many start super thin and progress from there. Isn't the color marvelous!
                                  Next up some matcha baking I would imagine (matcha shortbread!).

                                  1. re: HillJ

                                    Thank you, thank you! I think because I wanted the bowl and whisk for so long, I appreciate it that much more. Agree--the color is a stunner--especially in contrast with the purple bowl.

                                    Mmm-matcha shortbread! Or matcha gelato, maybe...my #1 taster is not (yet!) a matcha man--can you see that parody now? "Matcha, Matcha Man..."--but I'm hoping I can sway him so we can share the sweets as I explore further. :) At the very least, he'll help me bike the calories off, so all is not lost!
                                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO43p2...

                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                      You slay me! Well when you get to the matcha gelato I'll be paying close attention.

                                      1. re: HillJ

                                        It went for a spin in my machine this morning and is in all its green glory in Katty's Kitchen right now. :) Got a spoon?

                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                          : ) spoon at the ready!

                            2. re: HillJ

                              Mz HillJ, I've held onto this bookmark more than a year. Now it's tea time and I have a cart full of flavors (9, to be precise). Any other tealicious ones you recommend?

                      2. re: HillJ

                        Steepster only reviews teas. They do not sell them.

                        1. re: robercik72

                          kattyeyes, where did you buy the teas if not directly from Steepster?
                          eta: ah, I see...

                      3. re: kattyeyes

                        I'm feeling really stupid....where are the prices? and the checkout to purchase?? that would be the Green Tea from Pure Matcha on the Steepster site.

                        1. re: Nanzi

                          Not stupid! Premium Ceremonial Grade Green Tea 30g, $23.99.
                          Here you go, friend:
                          http://purematcha.net/products.php?pr...

                      4. re: kattyeyes

                        It was the Gotcha Matcha- the Cafe Grade. brilliant green and really, really tasty.

                        1. re: EWSflash

                          Thank you, EWSflash--I will save that on my list for a future try.

                    2. i make a green tea cake! i filled it with red bean. but you can make green tra buttercream with butter, creamcheese and more matcha. or eat the cake alone!

                      Ingredients
                      1 cup flour
                      1/2 tsp baking soda
                      1/2 tsp salt
                      3 tsp matcha powder

                      1/2 cup sugar
                      1/2 cup vegetable oil
                      2 small/medium eggs
                      1/2 cup yogurt
                      1.5 tsp vanilla

                      Red Bean filling

                      Preheat oven to 350F
                      In a large bowl, mix the wet ingredients (oil, eggs, yogurt, vanilla) and sugar.

                      In another bowl, sift the flour, mix the dry ingredients and add that to the wet. Mix until JUST incorporated. It's okay if there are a few lumps.

                      I used a huge 10" x 13" pan to get a large thin sheet of cake. But you can use 2 smaller pans for the same effect. Liberally grease the pans and add in the batter. Bake for 15-20mins or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

                      Let that cake cool for 20 mins. Invert it onto a plate. Cut the cake in 1/2 if you used a large pan. Trim the edges if you want to make it pretty. Spread red bean over the top side. (The cake is amazing on it's own too!)

                      Slap on the other layer. Dust with some powdered sugar and cut up and serve!

                      pics on http://mdcooksfor2.blogspot.com/2012/...

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                      1. re: MDcooksfor2

                        Ooooooh, that sounds so good. I'm going to save that, thank you.

                      2. Have you considered grinding it yourself? I'm not sure about the practicalities (i.e. achieving a sufficiently fine grind, buying the correct type of gyokuro, etc), but that would be my first thought if looking for optimal quality: it would allow you to ensure that the source tea is of high quality and to have matcha that is as fresh as possible (grinding, when it increases the surface area that is exposed to oxygen, presumably increases the rate of oxidisation by hundreds or thousands of times).

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                        1. re: mugen

                          Grinding matcha isn't something you do in your blender--it's an art. Japan has been doing this for MANY years--trust me, they know what they're doing.

                        2. I'm crazy about matcha, and the stuff I get from matchasource.com is the best I've ever gotten reliably. . I get the middle grade, it's wonderful tasting and bright green and the best thing I've ever treated myself to when i"m craving tea of any type.
                          I havent' gotten a lot of mail order tea, I am an iced ta drinker and have been getting matcha since i heard about it and fell for it.