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Asian Market #1 - Matcha Madness
// article by Meow

So, I took another stroll through the Asian market, this time with the full intention of purchasing a few treats, and have pulled together what is a new special of my food reviews featuring stuff from this market place. I'd say it's from Asia, but in a future review you'll see why I don't. In this edition, however, we look at two matcha-flavored items. And for those who don't know what matcha is, it's a powder made from green tea leaves grown and processed a certain way. If you like green tea, it's great.

ITEM ONE
YUKI & LOVE JAPANESE STYLE GREEN TEA MOCHI

For a couple of bucks, you get six matcha-infused mochi (a confection made of pulverized sticky rice) with a matcha-packed filling made of Sword Beans. They're also coated in a thin amount of white dust of some sort, probably some sort of dextrose or rice flour perhaps that don't detract from the flavor, and give a slight bit of a powdery texture. The soft and chewy texture of the mochi itself reminds me of tapioca pearls in a way, except softer. It's a real delight to chew on. The bean paste is certainly generous in matcha flavor, though with the subtle hint of legume behind it all, making this a really enjoyable experience. I can see myself getting some again.

ITEM 2
MARUKYO PANCAKE DORAYAKI - MATCHA FLAVOR

This thing can be thought of as a spiritual successor to ol' ERb's Japanese bean cake reviews (which, if you have not read, you can find here, these matcha pancakes are about standard silver-dollar pancake size, sandwiching some anko (sweet red bean paste). The cakes themselves have an odd texture that can only be described as the same texture you'd get from eating any sort of spongecake like a Twinkie or other Hostess thing. They're also entirely sweet in flavor, only having hints of the egg used in the batter coming through from time to time, but you're mostly going to be tasting Twinkie-cake. Not even the bean paste comes through, but I blame that partially on there only being a little bit of bean paste inside. Pulling apart the cake and tasting the anko itself, it's pretty nice. It's a nice sweetened bean paste, but it's overshadowed. As I think I've stated three or four times now.

Overall, for the price I've paid, they're really not seeming to be worth it, coming in at just under a dollar per sandwich. I mean, they're not bad. Just not …recommendable for the price?

Before I forget to mention, the mochi was from Taiwan and the pancakes were from Japan. Not really important in the grand scheme, but I felt that it's good information to know. Anyways, join me next time for more items from mythical potentially far-off lands, next being potato chips!


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