Matcha is one of the most popular teas in Japan. It is mostly served in a tea ceremony in Japan. Also known as koicha, it is a thick tea made with more tea powder in it and less water. It has a bitter taste as compared to other tea available in Japan.
Some of the dishes served with matcha in Japan are:
It is a rice cake which is eaten by Japanese throughout the year. The most popular and the common one is a pink-coloured mochi which is wrapped in a salted leaf of sakura. It has a great appearance and the taste is absolutely delicious.
It is another cake which is filled with ice cream in it or sometimes with anko paste. These are the perfect Japanese sweets to be served with Matcha tea. It is available in a variety of colours and fillings in it and is commonly available throughout Japan.
These are sweets made out of rice and served with syrup, red pate of ban and also with glaze sometimes. Sweet soy glaze is the most common topping with which it is served.
Higashi is a collective name which is used to refer to all the Japanese sweet. They are made up of sugar, rice flour and other ingredients. It includes many sweets in it and these are mostly served before matcha.
These are sweets available in Japan in the shape of a cupcake. These are filled with anko, which is a red paste made out of beans. It is commonly served in Japan with a match bowl. It is an easy sweet to make at home and hence, many people make it by themselves at home.
Importance of these sweets
Tea ceremony is a tradition in the culture of Japan which is used to serve tea along with sweets. There has been an evolution of the tea with these sweets and their compatibility has grown over the years. These sweets do not consist of cheese, butter, oil, etc. in them and hence this makes it perfect to be eaten with tea during the ceremony.
The sweets are available in different flavors, colors, shapes and aroma and are pleasing in terms of taste as well as appearance. The storage time of these sweets differs and varies from sweet to sweet.
Some can be stored for a long duration of time while some cannot be stored at all and have to be consumed soon. The taste of these sweets changes with time as well as depends on the seasons.
The time to be taken to eat every sweet must be taken into account while serving it with tea. The flavor of the sweet is an important factor to be considered while serving with tea.
Tea ceremony is an important part of the Japanese tradition and the company of sweets in the ceremony just adds to it. It is a great way to convey love and care that one feels for the guest and the perfect taste of the combination makes it even better.