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