So matcha love
With distinct earthy tones, matcha-flavoured anything is a favourite among Singaporeans. Be it for cakes or ice cream, us matcha-lovers don’t need to think twice when choosing from a sea of flavours.
But don’t confuse matcha with regular green tea – while they’re made from the same stuff, their methods of preparation are completely different! Green tea is made from steeping the leaves in water, while matcha is made of the actual leaves grounded into a fine powder – no points for guessing then that matcha is the more flavourful option.
We love our flavours strong, so check out these desserts that are the real deal.
1. Cha Cha Pop ($8)
This creamy matcha ice cream is dipped into two layers of pure tastiness – hojicha and matcha – before being topped with black and white sesame seeds. Safe to say, this collaboration between Neh Neh Pop and Matchaya is a brilliant one that’s great for any humid afternoon.
Address: 12 Gopeng Street, #01-72, Icon Village, 078877
Opening Hours: Daily: 12pm – 8pm
Telephone: 9387 3187
2. Matcha Pie ($8.90)
DW workshop’s scrumptious Matcha Pie is filled with a milky matcha custard sitting on a thin layer of pastry. It’s served with a dollop of cream on the side – so you can add on some creaminess to your personal preference. To finish it off, there’s crumbled pastry on top for extra crunch.
Address: 41 Rochester Drive, 138582
Opening Hours: Daily: 9:30am – 10:30pm
Telephone: 6659 0879
3. Matcha Fromage ($3)
This fluffy Hanjuku Fromage from Henri Charpentier is a Japanese-French baked souffle cheesecake. It’s dusted with premium Itoen-branded matcha powder – making for a fluffy confection delivering a light and pleasing flavour.
Address: #01-18 Central, 181 Orchard Road, 23889
Opening Hours: Daily: 11am – 11pm
Telephone: 6634 4608
4. Matcha Choux ($4.50)
Olella is a bakery specialised in choux-pastries, and among their sweet and savoury puff selections is a Matcha flavoured one. Encased in the craquelin choux are sweet azuki beans only discovered upon biting in.
A generous piping of matcha chantilly cream on top not only pairs well everything, but creates a quirky appearance too.
Address: #01-03, 3 Petain Road, 208108
Opening Hours: Mon: 12pm – 6pm | Wed – Sun: 12pm – 6pm | Closed on Tuesdays
Telephone: 9139 9871
5. Matcha Avalanche ($13.9)
Taking sweet treats to the next level is this spectacular Matcha Avalanche from Non-Entree Dessert Cafe. Upon being sliced, a matcha lava cake filled with azuki beans will unleash an ‘avalanche’ onto a bed of of green tea gelato, crunchy almond nougatine, and chocolate soil. Mmmm.
Non Entree Dessert Cafe
Address: 204 Rangoon Road, Hong Building 218451
Address: Tue – Thurs: 2pm – 10pm | Fri: 2pm – 11pm | Sat – Sun: 12pm – 10pm
Address: 9878 6543
6. Mt Fuji Matcha Tart ($8)
This little tart is nowhere as huge as the mountain it was named after, but at Two Bakers it does reach top flavours. Matcha ganache lies on a chocolate-sable based tart, with an azuki bean center. And to resemble its namesake, it’s capped with a layer of snowy-white softness made from creamy mousse.
Address: 88 Horne Road, 209083
Opening Hours: Mon: 9am – 6pm | Wed – Thurs: 9am – 6pm | Fri – Sat: 10am – 10pm | Sun: 9am – 6pm | Closed on Tuesdays
Telephone: 6293 0329
7. Matcha and Ogura Shibuya Toast ($16.8)
There are lots of thick toast renditions out there, but the Matcha and Ogura Shibuya Toast from Watanabe Coffee brings a taste of Japan – with two scoops of matcha ice cream, azuki beans and chewy shiratama. The freshly piped whip cream helps lift the overall flavour, enhancing the buttery flavours without making you feel like it’s too much.
Address: 350 Orchard Road Shaw House, #01-00 Isetan Scotts, Isetan Scotts, 238868
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 8:30am – 10pm | Fri – Sat: 8:30am – 11pm | Sun: 8:30am – 10pm
Telephone: 6235 0608
8. Matcha Tiramisu ($7.8)
Tiramisu is generally difficult to make, but Sun with Moon Japanese Dining and Cafe perfects its soft crumbly texture while making sure it’s still firm and solid. The layers of cream and matcha perfectly balance out each other, and we think the dusting of matcha on the blueberries is a nice touch too.
Sun with Moon Japanese Dining & Cafe
Address: 501 Orchard Road, #03-15 Wheelock Place, 03-15/16/17 Wheelock Place, 238880
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 11am – 9:30pm | Fri – Sat: 11am – 10pm | Sun: 11am – 9:30pm
Telephone: 6733 6636
9. Matcha Chococro ($2.4)
St Marc’s Cafe is famous for their chocolate croissants, also known as the ‘chococro’. Taking it up a notch, they also created this Matcha Daifuku Chococro! Once past the crispy outer layer, you’ll taste pure Japanese green tea, mochi, and a sweet azuki bean paste to wrap up all the flavours.
St Marc’s Cafe
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-105 Marina Square, 039594
Opening Hours: Daily: 10am – 10pm
Telephone: 6338 8606
10. Matcha Cake Shake ($16.9)
Why go for basic milkshakes when you can have a crazy Matcha Adzuki Shake from Cake Spade? This mug of delight holds an ice cream matcha shake with a matcha goma cake – piled high with whipped cream, sweet azuki beans, matcha wafer sticks and golden cornflakes. Sounds like an overwhelming combo, but slowly pick it apart and you’ll find yourself easing into an intense mouthgasm.
If you’re wondering how this OTT treat stays intact, Nutella is used as a ‘glue’ to stick everything together!
Address: 83 Tg Pagar Road, 088504
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 12pm – 9:30pm | Fri – Sat: 12pm – 10:30pm | Closed on Sunday
Telephone: 6444 3868
11. Matcha Hokkaido Ice Cream ($5.6 for double cup)
Expect fresh, pure and creamy ice cream from Azabu Sabo, as it’s made from farm-fresh quality Hokkaido milk. The matcha flavour here is special as it’s got finely grounded red bean in it too! This enhances the matcha flavour and adds just the right amount of sweetness.
Pay a bit extra and get a double cone – the matcha pairs very nicely with milk tea ice cream in particular.
Azabu Sabo Hokkaido Ice Cream
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, The Central #01-46, Clarke Quay Central, 059817
Opening Hours: Daily: 11:30am – 10pm
Telephone: 6534 7178
12. Matcha Waffles ($9.8)
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At Tuk Tuk Cha, fluffy matcha waffles with juicy strawberries are served with a generous scoop of ice-cream. You can choose between their five flavours, but if you’re dedicated to matcha, then only Thai green milk tea will do for you.
Tuk Tuk Cha
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #B1-173/174 Suntec City, 038983
Opening Hours: Daily: 9am – 9pm
Telephone: 8799 8722
14. Matcha Montblanc ($18)
The Matcha Montblanc at Kyushu Pancake is nothing like your usual fluffy pancakes! As these mini pancakes are made from 7 different grains, they have a denser and doughier texture than the normal buttermilk sort. A mountain of matcha cream is served on top, with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream on the side for good contrast.
Address: #01-08, Novena Regency, 275 Thomson Road, 307645
Opening Hours: Daily: 11am – 9pm
Telephone: 6352 6265
Going gaga for matcha
Matcha becoming a staple flavour for most desserts definitely gets approval from me. With more aesthetically-pleasing creations like a matcha avalanche to a simple yet comforting ice cream, there are plenty of choices here to keep us matcha-lovers going!