Hand drip tea speciality shop Tokyo Saryo reopens Ochazuke stand for limited time only!

26.April.2019 | FOOD

Tokyo Saryo was the world’s first ever hand drip tea specialist shop. This year, they’re celebrating the first tea of the season with the reopening of Ochazuke stand Tokyo Saryo. The Ochazuke stand was a big hit last year, and this year it will be open for a three month period from Wednesday 24th April to Wednesday 31st July.

 

Ochazuke is a Japanese dish that every Japanese person must have had at least once in their life. For many, it is a normal option for a light breakfast that you can make at home. It’s just green tea poured over cooked rice. Simple! However, in recent years, replacing the green tea with dashi stock has become the most popular form of this breakfast. The Ochazuke stand hopes to encourage people to use green tea for their ochazuke in their daily lives more often by creating an original ochazuke dish which really carries the flavour of green tea. The recipe has been specially made to fit in with modern daily lifestyle.

This ochazuke is sprinkled with lots of green tea so you can really enjoy “eating” tea! Soft sprouting tea leaves that resemble the appearance of nori seaweed are collected and ground into a powder called tencha. This tea remains in its unground form of matcha. Pour water over the original green tea powder and the fragrance of the tea will be released!

Teahouse original ochazuke: Eel ¥500 Teahouse original ochazuke: Salmon ¥500
Teahouse original ochazuke: Scallop ¥500  Teahouse original ochazuke: Plum ¥500 (*tax included in prices stated)

 You can also add olive oil to your dish afterwards for just ¥50.

 

Order Tokyo Saryo’s hand drip tea on top of your order (+¥150) and you will be presented with the first tea of the season that uses tea leaves freshly collected from Kagoshima. The leaves were collected on 7th April 2019 and a special recipe is used to make this tea.

It’s not just tea they serve here! As an important base flavour, the stand also serves up dashi. This is made by combining bonito fish flakes and kombu kelp sourced from Makurazaki to produce a high quality and delicious flavour.

You can also choose to add a topping of Nicomaru Genmai which is made from brown rice. This is very popular among adults as it adds a luxurious fragrance to your meal.

You can eat in or take out for the same price. Every day, sales will end when they run out of rice, so get there as fast as you can!

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    Bourbon Official Website (Japanese): https://www.bourbon.co.jp/

    Bourbon official website: https://www.bourbon.co.jp/

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    Address: HEP FIVE 7F, 5-15 Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture

    Running: Thurs 14th March ー Mon 6th May 2019

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    No Fixed Holidays. (*Except when HEP FIVE is closed)

    TEL: 06-6366-3694

    Gudetama Cafe Official Website: http://gudetama.createrestaurants.com/

    ©1993, 2013, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S592279

     

     

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    More information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/177830

     

    ▶︎ BOBA365

    Address: 2-5-9 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo

    Business Hours: 11:00-21:00

    No Fixed Holidays.

    Access: 3-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station via TSUKUBA EXPRESS / 10-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station via all other lines

    BOBA365 Official Website: https://peraichi.com/landing_pages/view/boba365

     

     

    Matcha, Sakura, Mix “Shun shoku soft”

    Gion Tsujiri Gion main store has started selling the “Shun shoku soft” (spring-coloured soft serve ice cream). Matcha, sakura and mix ー you can choose your favourite flavours for your ice cream! As it’s cherry-blossom season in Japan, the three-coloured dango dumpling skewer finishes the look! Sweet white bean whip, custard cream, strawberry jelly and many more western and Japanese-style flavours really make this luxurious and spring-themed! This is the best way to enjoy the flavours of sakura and matcha!

    More information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/182652

     

    ▶︎ Shun shoku soft

    Price: ¥800(price after tax)

    Available from Friday 8th March 2019 (Sale end date to be confirmed)

    ※ This information is subject to change without notification

    Selling at: Gion Tsujiri Gion main store

     

    Gion Tsujiri Gion main store

    Address: 573−3 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Shijo, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

    Opening hours: 10:00 ー 22:00

    No fixed holidays

    TEL:075-551-1122

    URL:https://www.giontsujiri.co.jp

     

     

    So, what do you think? Make sure you eat loads of matcha sweets!

  • Japanese Tea Stand Cafe Hachiya Releases New Tangerine Tea

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    Hachiya is a tea stand and cafe whose concept aims to reconstruct the culture of Japanese tea for the modern world. The cafe has announced a new tea series that’s made with seasonal fruits and a homemade syrup forged from the delicious juices of the fruits themselves.

     

    The first two drinks to hit the tea line are made using wase mikan, a type of orange that grows in October and November. They are available for a limited period from November 15 to January 31 next year.

    The syrup used in these drinks is an original blend made by Hachiya themselves. No unnecessary ingredients are used – it’s made simply with high mineral sugar and fresh juice from the orange meaning every sip promises a rich and natural flavour.

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    Houjicha x Wase Mikan: Hot/Iced – ¥450 Each (Tax Included) *Small size only

    The characteristic fresh taste of houjicha goes exquisitely with the homemade syrup to create a mellow flavour you wouldn’t imagine Japanese tea to have. Compared sencha, houjicha has little caffeine, and because its fragrance has the ability to relax and warm a person up, it’s the perfect beverage for a cold winter’s day.

     

    Warm yourself up this winter while you’re in Japan with these new teas!

  • Tea Shop ‘Tsuboichi Seicha Honpo’ to Open at Namba SkyO

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    Tsuboichi Seicha Honpo was first established 185 years ago as a tea wholesale store in Sakai, the birthplace of Sen no Rikyū, a historical figure considered to have had the most influence on the Japanese ‘Way of Tea.’

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    The new shop will be split into three spaces: the café space, shop space and takeout space. The café space is based on the ‘house in a mountain town area’ concept advocated by Sen no Rikyū. Tea experts will make delicious cups of tea one by one in a relaxed environment which can be enjoyed with handmade sweets that elevate the flavour of the tea.

     

    In the shop space you can get your hands on a range of Japanese teas carefully judged and selected by Tsuboichi’s tea connoisseurs in addition to Japanese sweets made using high quality tea, a range of products perfect as gifts, and more. The takeout area is also the first ever at any of Tsuboichi’s locations.

    Shinise Honpo no Ocha Man (Matcha): ¥280 (Pre-Tax)

    Matcha Smoothie (Rich): ¥280 (Pre-Tax)

    For the takeout menu too, the beverages served are poured fresh after your order so you can get the full taste of Tsuboichi’s tea. Drinks include sencha, matcha, a rich-flavoured matcha latte, houjicha latte and more. The shop’s Ocha Man (Matcha) and the Matcha Smoothie and Houjicha Smoothe―both of which you can choose the richness of―are particular must-tries. All three are available at this new branch only.

     

    There’s also a workshop taking place for foreign tourists on the 5th floor of Namba SkyO where people can experience tradition and culture hands on. In line with this, the new Tsuboichi Seicha Honpo shop will sell an original tea and coffee blend for the first time. Around 10 types of single origin tea leaves can be picked from.

     

    If you’re looking to test of lots of different Japanese teas then look no further than Saryou Tsuboichi Seicha Honpo in Namba.

  • CHAVATY’s Houjicha Ice Cream & Tea in Omtesando is Bringing Autumn Early

    28.September.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hi, everyone, it’s Midori from the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

     

    It’s gotten cold lately. It feels like autumn is here. It’s the season where numerous shops in Japan start selling houjicha sweets. With that in mind, I visited CHAVATY, an uva tea shop in Omotesando!

     

    CHAVATY is located at the back of Tonkatsu Maisen, a famous restaurant in Omotesando. Maisen is along a road with a lot of signboards so follow it along towards 7-Eleven and you’ll find it. It’s in a part of Omotesando with a calm atmosphere.

    I ordered the houjicha soft serve ice cream and the bottled uva tea latte.

     

    First up, the ice cream!

    You can pick from three flavours: uvacha, matcha or houjicha. I went with houjicha.

     

    It’s pretty big. It has a lot of volume too as the ice cream seeps all the way down to the bottom of the cone!

     

    It has a really rich flavour, it’s like eating houjicha. It’s ice cream but isn’t sweet at all so I recommend this for the non-sweet tooths out there.

    This is the bottle tea latte! Again you can pick from the same three flavours as before. I chose uvacha.

     

    Isn’t the bottle so cute?

     

    Drinks like this are usually served in cups with or without lids which can be a nuisance when shopping. But with this you get a cap so you can seal it completely and carry on shopping. It might even be an idea to take it home, wash it and fill it again with whatever drink you like.

     

    The taste of course is light and it smells good too. It kind of makes you feel like a grown-up.

    You can ask for a vinyl bag which looks cute too. The colour scheme is sophisticated Instagram-worthy.

     

    Enjoy some authentic houjicha treats for yourself too at CHAVATY.

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