Hojicha Fondue

The Nishiki Market in Kyoto used to be called “the kitchen of Kyoto people”. Almost all Kyoto-ish food are available there. Now, it is one of the biggest tourist attractions and always packed with tourists rather than local people.

There is one tea shop called “Nishiki Ichiyo” at the market. 

I elbowed my way to the shop through the crowd for this: Hojicha fondue!

 The two-tiered wooden box was served. There were several small dish including very Kyoto-ish food called “fu (wheat-gluten bread)” You put those food into the bowl of hojicha sauce on the top of the box.

Remember, this is NOT chocolate, a bit of sweeten hojicha sauce. It was  very thick, but different from thick matcha. I think some kind of starch-ish makes the tea thicker.

What attracted me more was the box. Especially the both sides of it. So cute!

When you pull a drawer open….

Together with Hojicha fondue, Matcha fondue are their signature. Their tea flavored popcorn is also popular. When you have a chance to visit the Nishiki market in Kyoto, why don’t you drop at?

Nishiki Ichiyo   https://nishiki-ichiha.com/


Maccha Tiramisu - Maccha House-

The tea room “ MACCHA HOUSE” has deployed 12 branches mainly in Asia region including Singapore and Hong Kong. 

I went to the Osaka branch.

Their signature is matcha tiramisu in a wooden cup known as “masu”. What a beautiful Matcha! Lovely color, and delicate and fine powder!

This matcha is from a tea company “Morihan”. No wonder! Morihan, founded in 1863, is known as one of the best in Kyoto. 

Not only looks beautiful, but tastes wonderful!! Once you take a bite, a pleasant bitterness and rich aroma will fill in your mouth together nicely with mascarpone! Yum-yum!! Actually, I had it with a bowl of Matcha. I did enjoy so much Matcha. 

I haven't caught a cold this winter yet. I guess it's thanks to tons of catechin in tea. (Knock wood:-)) 

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Hojicha Latte in Matcha Bowl

When you go to "Osaka Chakai" a Japanese tea room, you can choose not only tea but your tea cup. 

Their signature is freshly ground sencha. You can whisk your sencha with using a special bamboo whisk, which is fun.

The other day, instead of ground sencha, I ordered hojicha latte. Usually, people choose a mug for latte, but I chose a matcha bowl.  Actually, I am glad I did. I like the latte in a bowl.

I had a slice of toast with roasted black soybean cream on it. I can say it is like peanut butter. It was good with hojicha latte.

This place has a lot of Japanese and I am sure you feel "Japan" a lot. When you happen to be in Osaka, why don't you visit? I am sure you will like it.