During my visit to Kyoto, Japan last year, I only had two days to visit and I just rushed along without really taking in what the city had to offer. I knew that green tea was important in Japanese culture, but I didn’t realize how much green tea was part of the food culture. When I say, a part of food culture, I don’t mean by green tea being served along meals, but rather, the infusion of matcha into different types of food. Matcha is the ground powdered form of green tea, and for most people around the world, the wonderful flavor of matcha can be experienced through green tea ice cream. This time around, I spent four days in Kyoto and even ventured out to Uji for a short day trip. Uji is considered the green tea capital of Japan, and there lies some of the highest quality, if not the best matcha in the world. In a nutshell, Kyoto and Uji is a green tea lover’s dream come true.
This is known as a rollcake sand. It’s spongecake topped with matcha whipped cream and matcha powder. Should’ve ordered two of these! Got this at the stand at Arashiyama Station Square. A perfect dessert after visiting the monkey park.
Green tea ice cream dessert from Nakamura Tokichi in Uji, Japan. Accompanied with green tea jelly, mochi, and sweet red beans, the green tea ice cream is probably the best I have ever had. A must visit for green tea ice cream lovers.