Authentic Uji Matcha Soft Serve Ice Cream Released at MINISTOP in Japan

04.November.2018 | FOOD

MINISTOP convenience stores across Japan released two new matcha soft service ice creams on November 2: the Uji Matcha Soft and the Premium Adzuki Matcha Soft.

 

MINISTOP has served a range of Premium Soft ice cream products made with top quality ingredients since 2015 including their Premium Belgium Chocolate Soft and Premium Chestnut Mont Blanc Soft. This year’s ingredient is matcha, the hugely popular tea flavour loved both in Japan and overseas.

Uji Matcha Soft / Uji Matcha Mix Soft: ¥270 Each (Tax Included)

Premium Azuki Matcha Soft / Premium Azuki Matcha Mix Soft: ¥300 Each (Tax Included)

The soft serves are made with full-bodied matcha carefully selected by the tea experts of Hokodo, a long-standing Uji tea shop. You can choose from the regular Uji Matcha Soft or go the full mile and get the Premium Azuki Matcha Soft which comes topped with adzuki red bean sauce and soybean mochi pieces.

The cones are also made in the image of a matcha teacup. Their colour comes from brown sugar syrup which uses brown sugar from Okinawa Prefecture, offering a sweet sugary addition to the bitter flavour of the matcha.

 

These ice creams are available for a limited time only so head to a MINISTOP convenience store while you can and try them yourself!

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    Method
    1: Sprinkle salt over hot sushi rice and mix
    2: Pour one pack (2g) of the katsuobushi dried bonito onto a small plate. Add soy sauce and mayonnaise to taste and mix. Add to rice and roll.

     

    Okonomiyaki Onigiri

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    Ingredients
    ・Mayonnaise ・Tenkasu ・Aosa Powdered Seaweed ・Red Ginger ・Shrimp

     

    Method
    1: Add the tenkasu, aosa, red ginger, and shrimp to hot rice.
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    South Korean Style Packs a Punch

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    Ingredients
    ・Ru San’s Kimchi ・Mozzarella Mix Cheese ・Korean Seaweed ・Ume Katsuo Pickled Daikon Radish

     

    Method
    1: Chop the kimchi and daikon radishes to an edible size.
    2: Add the chopped kimchi, radishes, and your cheese to hot rice and mix until everything melts together.
    3: Roll into a shape of your liking and finish by wrapping with the seaweed.
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    The Devil’s Onigiri

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    Ingredients
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    Method
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    Get creative with your onigiri and enjoy.

  • nana’s green tea Releases Luxurious Gyokuro Tea Drink and Parfait You Can Take Out

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    Modern tea hosue nana’s green tea has 81 branches across Japan. Alongside café-style food, their specialty is traditional desserts and drinks made from traditional teas such as matcha and hojicha. They are now selling a new parfait and chilled drink made from fresh gyokuro green tea for a limited time.

     

    As the days grow gradually closer to summer, the menu blooms to life with the season’s fresh green colours. The desserts at nana’s green tea never fail to boast their own unique and unbeatable flavours. The new parfait and drink are made with a generous serving of  gyokuro, which is a fine and luxurious type of green tea recognised by its signature bright green appearance. The rich green tea is sourced from the long-established Kyoto tea-producer YAMAMASA KOYAMAEN.

     

    YAMAMASA KOYAMAEN: Kyoto’s Long-Established Uji Matcha Tea Producers

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    Gyokuro Jelly Frozen

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    You can also order the parfait and drink to take out, making it the perfect luxurious treat to enjoy at home. If you love exploring tea, this is an unmissable opportunity.

  • Matcha Flavoured Caffè Latte to be Released by Japan’s Popular Chilled Coffee Cup Brand

    09.April.2020 | FOOD

    Mt.RAINIER is launching a matcha flavoured caffè latte in Japan for a limited time starting from April 21, 2020.

     

    Mt.RAINIER launched in February 1993 as a pioneering brand of chilled coffee in a cup. Since then, the company has introduced countless flavours which retain the authentic quality of a drink you would sip on in a cafè. With the number of people working from home rising, Mt.RAINIER is looking to be an easy grab for its customers to refresh and relax them during this time.


    With the Olympics being delayed until next year, 2021 is the new year expected for Japan to be in the spotlight. With many people interested and becoming interested in Japanese culture, including the Japanese themselves, the market for providing products to enjoy Japan and its culture is expected to grow. Mt.RAINIER is hopping on board this train with its new “Nippon Color Vibes” drinks series which will include beverages that capture the vibe of Japanese culture. The first drink in the line was cherry blossom flavoured, and the upcoming entry is matcha.

    The Mt.RAINIER Matcha Caffè Latte blends together matcha made from leaves carefully selected by tea experts with milk and a shot of espresso.

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