Matcha is the latest hit all over Hong Kong. With popular matcha-based cafes popping up, Cha-no-wan is one of the leading and unbeatable brands from Japan. Their variety of products, from matcha roll cake, cheesecake and cookies, all are made fresh, delivered daily to shops, and with high quality matcha green tea. The Baumkuchen ring cake is firm to touch, spongy and extremely moist. The matcha cookie roll has crisp and thin layers filled with a little matcha chocolate. While both are equally luscious, I truly enjoy the matcha jelly with a subtle bitterness, which comes with red bean paste, candied chestnut and chewy glutinous rice balls. The matcha warabimochi is also a spot on with a distinct toastiness from the soy bean powder.
Pick me up! The matcha tiramisu combines a slice of rather dry matcha roll cake, thick matcha cheese and a generous dusting of bitter matcha powder over light whipped cream. However, I am totally ecstatic about the utterly delicious matcha roll cake. The moist sponge cake filled with a delightfully airy matcha cream, it is heavenly!