machi machi Descends Upon Harajuku With Godlike Cheese Tea Limited Edition Menu

26.June.2019 | FOOD

Head over to the GOOD MEAL MARKET food court located on floor 2 of Laforet Harajuku because a Cheese Tea shop has just opened up shop.

 

machi machi is known as the “Cheese Tea God” by Taiwanese media and is certainly stirring up a sensation in Japan too. Each cup extracts the deliciousness of Taiwanese tea. The salty flavour of the rich-flavoured cream cheese will leave you astonished at the discovery of a brand new dessert flavour. This drink is enough to enlighten you with an emotional journey of deliciousness. 

These drinks became a massive hit after they managed to capture the heart of globally famous Hollywood Star Jay Chou, who is known for his love of tea in Taiwan. As the thirst for this drink has spread worldwide, shops have been opening up in London, Korea and many other countries. This shop is gradually capturing more and more fans. 

Season-Limited Melon Cheese Tea: ¥788 (after tax )     Melon Cheese Tea Float: ¥950 (after tax)

Season-Limited Strawberry Cheese Tea Float/Wildberry Cheese Tea Float:¥950 (after tax)

Laforert Harajuku-Limited Brûlée Milk Tea: ¥680 (after tax )

There are currently season-limited and Laforet Harajuku-limited menus available. There are a total of 20 drinks on the menu that have been developed from five varieties of Taiwanese teas as base flavours. The five base teas are: Tieguanyin Oolong tea, Sun Moon Lake Black tea, Jasmine Green tea, Four Seasons Spring tea, and Ceylon Highland Black tea.

 

machi machi is blessing every country of the world with the sacred flavours of Taiwan, so head to Laforet Harajuku while you have the chance. 

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  • Blind taste-winning Taiwanese Bubble Tea Jenjudan Opens In the Young and Trendy Shibuya

    12.June.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    On June 14, popular Taiwanese bubble tea shop Jenjudan will open its first shop in Japan. The first shop will be located in the city that is known for capturing the hearts of Tokyo’s young and trendy: Shibuya. More specifically, the shop will be located on the MAG 7 Food Floor (7th floor) of  MAGNET by SHIBUYA 109.

    Jenjudan stands out for their skilled tea makers and carefully-selected ingredients that are used to make their high quality drinks. One of the main ingredients is 100% natural brown sugar, which is used to soak the tapioca pearls for full flavor. They also use rich Hokkaido milk. The best part is that all ingredients used here are natural and free from additives. Plenty of research went into harnessing the natural sweetness of the black sugar by determining the exact amount of time to soak the tapioca in the sugar syrup in order to extract its maximum flavour. Jenjudan managed to achieve flavourful tapioca where the flavour gradually spreads through your mouth when chewed. The softness and size of the tapioca were also carefully crafted after extensive research.

    The first ever overseas branch has been set up in Singapore’s famous tourist spot of Shilin Night Market. 

    Jenjudan bubble tea was the winner in a blind tasting event conducted by Taiwanese lifestyle and current affairs popular smartphone app Mobile 01, so you absolutely must try it.

     

    Photos: 宏勝商事株式会社

  • Review: Trying the New Cheese Tea at The Alley in Omotesando

    30.November.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hi, everyone. Midori here, editor at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON.

     

    Have you heard about ‘cheese tea’? It’s a drink that’s getting a lot of attention right now. It’s tea topped with cheese foam which results in a perfect match of sweetness from the tea and sourness from the cream cheese.

     

    Related Article: Drink Tea in Style With FORTUNER tea-box’s Cheese Tea Tapioca in Harajuku

     

    I heard that The Alley, a well-known bubble tea cafe recognised by its deer logo, released its own cheese tea so I took a trip there straight away!

     

    I went to the branch in Omotesando. There are lots of other branches too so head to the closest one to you. The one in Omotesando sits right next to Gong Cha, another bubble tea store.

    Cross the intersection at Laforet towards ICE MONSTER and turn the corner at the flamingo (pictured above).

    You’ll come to a road with Cafe Ron Ron on the left and Gong Cha on the right.

     

    Turn right at the FamilyMart at the end of the street and you’ll find The Alley!

    The photo above was taken on a weekday before opening hours so there was no line,  but it was a different story in the afternoon on the weekend!

    Ta-da!

     

    The line is so long it’s hard to know where the end even is! It sure is popular. According to the staff working there, the line is constant on weekends from opening hours to when they close, so if you don’t want to line up they recommend visiting during the week.

    There’s also a stylish indoor section where you can enjoy your drink.

    Other menu items include the following:

    Bonsai bubble tea and aurora drinks are really popular on Instagram in Japan right now!

    When talking about The Alley you’ve got to mention the deer! There was a big one drawn on the wall inside.

    I went with the brown sugar tea from the cheese foam series.

    I recommend drinking cheese tea without the lid. If you drink it with the lid on it’s hard to get the cheese foam and tea at the same time. The Alley is best known for its tapioca bubble teas, but they have other ranges too like this one.

     

    Now, onto tasting! Mixed in with The Alley’s famous fragrant tea is brown sugar. It has a smell that is sure to make you happy. The cheese doesn’t have that super sour taste, it’s a mellow flavour. The drink isn’t served hot but “mild hot” so you can get to drinking right away without burning yourself. It’s safe for those with sensitive tongues too. I have to let hot drinks cool down first before drinking them too so I was glad with my choice.

     

    Head to The Alley to try out their new cheese tea yourself!

  • Drink Tea in Style With FORTUNER tea-box’s Cheese Tea Tapioca in Harajuku

    21.September.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

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

     

    It’s been a trend for a while now, but tapioca shops have started popping up recently in Harajuku, and they’ve become so popular that most girls you see walking around there are drinking tapioca. Harajuku’s going through a real tapioca boom!

     

    They’re all holding cups from a number of different shops, but the one getting much attention for their cute cups is FORTUNER tea-box, so I went to take a look!

    FORTUNER tea-box is located behind the MOSHI MOSHI BOX along Tonchan Street (とんちゃん通り) on the first floor of a building called FLAG.

     

    If you walk from Murasaki Sports along Tonchan Street you’ll spot a 7-Eleven. Go past there and it’s inside Anywhere Door opposite BEAMS RECORDS.

     

    You’ll know it once you’ve passed the offices and open conference rooms and see girls holding cups.

    For those who aren’t good with tapioca, have no fear. They also serve drinks without tapioca, as well as unsweetened teas amongst other things.

    I ordered the “Cheese Tapioca Milk Tea”!

     

    At first glance you can tell it’s no ordinary tapioca milk tea, right? It has two layers with the top part being a whipped cream cheese.

     

    I wondered to myself how cream cheese could work with sweet milk tea but when I took a sip the sourness of the cream cheese and sweetness of the milk tea came together to create a deliciousl salty-sweet taste! It contains big and small chewy tapioca. You can treat it like a dessert.

     

    There are two mouthpieces on the lid and the straw is a super cute heart shape! It’s cute as well when you knock it back and get a cream cheese moustache.

    The inside of the shop too is cute and Instagram-worthy. There were lots of people taking photos when I went.

    I recommend taking a photo with the BEAMS RECORD sign behind you which is close to the shop.

     

    Buy a stylish drink with your friend and snap some photos with a snazzy background!

     

    ■Information

    FORTUNE tea-box

    Address: 3-27-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:30am-11:00pm (No Fixed Holidays)

    TEL: 03-5755-5708

    Website: http://fortuner.co.jp/index.html

  • Enjoy an Original Take on Taiwanese Local Summer Food & Bubble Tea in Japan

    09.June.2019 | FOOD

    Taiwanese café Chun Shui Tang is juicing up summer by releasing summer-limited drinks from Monday 10th June 2019. This includes Mango Milk Bubble Tea, which is a favourite year after year. There is also a new drink on the menu: the Fig and Mango Jasmine Tea.

     

    A summery food menu will also be released on the same day menu featuring two cold noodle dishes with summer toppings. One is served with a soy milk cheese sauce and a soft-boiled egg, and the other comes with summer vegetables and shirasu (small baby sardines). All these summer foods and drinks will only be available in Japan for a limited period only!


    Left: Mango Milk Bubble Tea ¥650 (+ tax)       Right:    Fig Mango Jasmine ¥550 (+tax)

    These drinks are overflowing with juicy mango and are out again this year, however they are only available at Chun Shui Tang in Japan and for a limited period. The Mango Milk Bubble Tea has a mild touch of sourness and a luxurious amount of rich mango. This is blended with aromatic Jasmine tea and topped generously with cream and mango sauce. This is one refreshing drink.

     

    The Fig Jasmine Tea is a variation of the popular mango drink. Enjoy the refreshing flavour of jasmine tea and mild-flavoured mango combined with the fun texture of the Jasmine tea and Fig jelly. With a touch of freshly-squeezed lemon to make it even more refreshing, this drink will breathe the life back into you on a hot summer’s day.

     

    This summer, Japan’s Chun Shui Tang is introducing two of Taiwan’s popular local dishes but with an original twist. The liang miàn (cold noodle) dishes are made with an original blend of spices and sauces and served with a generous serving of vegetables. Enjoy mixing you cold noodles with the delicious toppings!

     

    Come enjoy this summer menu which is limited to Chui Shui Tang cafés in Japan.

    Left: Soy Milk & Cheese Sauce Cold Noodles with a Soft-Boiled Egg: ¥850 (+tax)

    Right: Summer Vegetable Cold Noodles with Summer Vegetables & Baby Sardines: ¥800 + (tax)

    In the left image of the soy milk and cheese sauce noodles, the cheese adds a beautiful accent to the mild soy milk in the sauce. The somewhat salty miso-marinated meat and soft-boiled egg also accent the flavour, allowing you to enjoy the changing flavour as you mix your meal. The meal is topped with plenty of tomatoes and white radish sprouts. What a hearty meal!

     

    The summer vegetables and shirasu cold noodles are served in a lightly seasoned chicken soup broth that is full of flavour. Colourful summer vegetables such as tomatoes, lady’s fingers and white radish sprouts are generously piled on top of the noodles. Enjoy the feeling of eating a refreshing salad. A dash of lemon is added to the shirasu sardines just before serving so you can enjoy the refreshing and salty taste which is perfect to satisfy your hunger during the hot days.

     

    Liang miàn is a very popular local dish in Taiwan. Just by walking the streets, you will notice a countless number of restaurants and food stalls selling liang miàn. You can easily make an order and then choose your favourite toppings such as marinated or salted ground meats, chicken, and vegetables such as cucumber. Mix all the ingrediets together and enjoy your meal. Afterwards, you will feel very refreshed. As Taiwan is particularly hot, these cold noodles are very effective at bringing back your appetite on a hot day.

     

    Come enjoy Taiwanese local food and bubble tea! 

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  • Matcha and Fruit Shaved Ice & Other Desserts Arriving to Saryo FUKUCHA in Kyoto This Summer

    28.May.2020 | FOOD

    Saryo FUKUCHA is a cafe that was opened by FUKUJUEN in Kyoto Station in April 2019. A new batch of seasonal summertime menu items are set to arrive this June, including shaved ice drizzled in Uji tea and fruit sauce, a refreshing Uji matcha soda made with fresh fruit and jelly, and floats. These items will be served from June 1 to September 30 with a takeout option available.

     

    Summer Menu

    Uji Matcha & Fruit Shaved Ice


    Matcha Berry Shaved Ice: ¥950 / Strong Matcha Berry Shaved Ice: ¥1,100 / Houjicha Banana Shaved Ice: ¥950 (All Before Tax)

    The “Matcha Berry” shaved ice is paired with rich Uji matcha ice cream and berry sauce. It’s also topped with a wafer cake shaped like a flower and filled with white bean paste, rice flour dumplings, and fruit.

    Uji Tea White Peach Soda / Uji Tea Lemon Soda: ¥650 Each (Before Tax)

    Full-bodied kabusecha tea from Uji made into a soda with fresh fruit pieces and jelly for a refreshing combination. Pick from super refreshing lemon or subtly sweet white peach.

    Uji Matcha Float / Houjicha Float: ¥700 Each (Before Tax)

    These floats are made using the best tea leaves selected by FUKUJUEN which are used to make a rich and frothy tea latte. Added to that is a dollop of soft serve ice cream topped with red bean paste and dried wheat gluten. Choose between authentic Uji matcha or aromatic houjicha.

     

    Takeout Menu

    Strawberry Flower Wafer Cake / Chestnut Houjicha Wafer Cake: ¥350 Each (Before Tax) 

    Fruit wafer cakes are a popular dessert at Saryo FUKUCHA, and for the first time ever they are making them available for takeout so customers can enjoy them at home too. Pick from the strawberry flower flavour made with white bean paste or the chestnut and houjicha with chocolate cream.

    Cream Anmitsu (Matcha/Houjicha): ¥700 (Before Tax)

    FUKUCHAs specially-made anmitsu, or syrup-covered anko bean jam, is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer’s day. It’s mixed with Uji tea honey and topped with various toppings like milk agar-agar, black soybeans, rice flour dumplings, white peach, raspberry, and mizu manju.

  • 3 New Limited-Edition Botanical Drinks to Arrive This Summer at BOTANIST Tokyo

    27.May.2020 | FOOD

    BOTANIST Tokyo, the flagship shop of BOTANIST in Omotesando, has announced a new collection of limited-edition drinks will be served on the second floor BOTANIST Cafe from July 12, 2020. BOTANIST Tokyo is currently closed but it scheduled to reopen on June 1.

     

    There are three new refreshing drinks to choose from, all of which can be ordered for takeout. From apple mint to grapefruit, each beverage us the perfect accompaniment for cooling you down in Japan this summer.

     

    REFRESH MENU


    Refresh Soda: ¥600 (Tax Included)

    A combination of grapefruit jelly and fizzy soda water make this one of those drinks that you go “Ahh!” afterwards on a hot summer’s day. There’s also a hint of sweet green apple.

    Botanical Melon Soda: ¥800 (Tax Included)

    This is a smoothie which blends together two types of melon soda and adds melon jelly and a dollop of ice cream. It’s like a dessert in a cup!

    Banana & Avocado Refresh Smoothie: ¥720 (Tax Included)

    Enjoy the sweetness of banana and sugar beet together with the smoothness texture of the avocado in this smoothie which has apple and mint mixed into it for that refreshing summertime kick.

     

    The cafe’s regular menu has also been revised to add three new desserts.

     

    REGULAR MENU


    Vegan Waffles w/Drink: ¥800 (Tax Included)

    These vegan waffles are healthier for the body if you’re looking for some guilt-free indulgence. It’s topped with soy whipped cream, maple syrup, and fruits of your choice.

    Lemon Cheesecake w/Drink: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)

    A crunchy cookie base, a creamy cheese top, and a lemon to top it all off. The combination of the salty flavour with the sour hit is a match made in heaven.

    Homemade Rich Pudding: ¥500 (Tax Included)

    An in-house made purin, which is a type of Japanese custard pudding. It’s a delightful mix of rich egg and subtly sweet soy whipped cream.

     

    Customers who spend over ¥4,000 (tax included) on items in the Refresh Series will also be entered in for a chance to win a “Refresh Soda.” The soda is available while supplies last.

  • McDonald’s Japan to Release Ramune Flavoured McShake

    17.May.2020 | FOOD

    McDonald’s Japan is teaming up with confectionery company Morinaga & Company to release the “McShake® Morinaga Ramune” at all McDonald’s branches in Japan. This is the first time McDonald’s Japan has collaborated with the product.

     

    Morinaga Ramune is a candy soda, and the perfect match to McDonald’s sweet and creamy to cool down during spring and early summer.

    The mixed beverage maintains the same refreshing taste as the original McShake® while drawing out the full flavour of the Ramune. It’s available in a small size only while supplies last and is the same light blue colour as Morinaga Ramune. It’s also served in an original cup.

  • Top 10 Instagrammable Drinks and Desserts to Try Making While You #StayHome

    06.May.2020 | FOOD

    Japan’s biggest social media photo aggregator Snaplace has curated a Top 10 menu list of the most popular drinks and desserts people have been posting on Instagram Japan with the hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”) with which people are making their own tasty treats to bring the cafe experience indoors during the lockdown.

     

    The line-up features coffee, ice cream, cream soda and lots of other delights which have ranked due to how little preparation is needed and how easy the recipes are to follow. Let’s take a look.

     

    1sr Place: Dalgona Coffee

    Dalgona coffee has taken the internet by storm for its beautiful two-layered appearance. Popular in South Korea, the drink has also garnered much attention in Japan. And you can substitute the coffee part to create a completely different beverage like a matcha, strawberry latte, chocolate, and so on.

    How to make Dalgona Coffee: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/312230

     

    2nd Place: Candy Strawberries

    Candy strawberries have taken over candy apples in terms of popularity this year. And you can have fun trying it out with other fruits too while at home during the lockdown like grapes, fruitsーwhichever fruit is your favouriteーand skewer them.

     

    3rd Place: Toast Arrangements

    Top your toast with ingredients like fresh cream, Greek yoghurt, cream cheese, sliced cheese, fruits, vegetables, and so on to change up your morning breakfast. There are so many different recipe inspirations for toast arrangements to find on social media.

     

    Related Article: Stay Home: 6 Toast Arrangements to Bring the Cafe Experience to Your Home During the Lockdown

    Related Article: Stay Home: 6 More Toast Arrangements to Bring the Cafe Experience to Your Home During the Lockdown

     

    4th Place: Marshmallow Cookies
    5th Place: Fruit Sandwiches (Check out recipes here)
    6th Place: Cream Soda
    7th Place: Eggs Benedict
    8th Place: Snoopy Gyoza
    9th Place: Candy Marshmallows
    10th Place: Deko (“Giant”) Ice Cream

     

    Try making your own Instagram-worthy menu at home.

  • Stay Home: 5 Simple and Kawaii Drinks to Try Making During the Lockdown

    28.April.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

     

    Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan. The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

     

    In this edition of Stay Home, we’re taking a look at five simple and kawaii drinks that were featured with the trending Japanese hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”). Try making one of these drinks yourself to bring the cafe experience into your home.

     

    Related Article: Stay Home: 5 Simple and Delicious Drinks to Try Making During the Lockdown

     

    1: Dalgona Strawberry @i.c.h.i.g.o.q.159

    This is a strawberry version of the dalgona coffee which is hugely popular right now. It’s a super simple recipe that you can make in just 3 minutes, so give it a go yourself.

     

    Ingredients
    ・3 packs of Milmake powder (strawberry flavoured) ・4-5 tbsp fresh cream ・Milk

    *If you can’t get your hands on Milmake, use another strawberry flavoured powder as a substitute 

     

    Method
    1: Add the Milkmake and fresh cream to a bottle.
    2: Shake the bottle until the mix becomes thick.
    3: Pour the mix over milk, top with a strawberry, and enjoy!

     

    2: Colourful Cream Soda @miki__718

    Miki’s made a serving of several colour and cute cream soda drinks. This is another easy recipe where she added coloured syrup to soda poured into cute glasses.

     

    Ingredients

    ・Soda ・MONIN syrup ・Ice cream ・1 strawberry

     

    Method

    1: I recommend using MONIN syrup to make your colourful soda.

    2: Mix together the soda and MONIN syrup, then add a dollop of ice cream and finish with a strawberry!

     

    3: Strawberry Cream Cider @onew_tc72

    Chihiro’s beverage is a cream soda with fresh fruit inside. If you’re looking for a fruity drink then this one’s for you.

     

    Ingredients

    ・Strawberries ・Vanilla Ice Cream ・Soda ・Thyme (for decorating)

     

    Method

    1: Slice the strawberries into small pieces.

    2: Add the cut strawberries into the soda and spoon in a large dollop of ice cream.

    3: Adorn with the thyme and a whole strawberry and enjoy!

     

    4: Mango Soda @lemmokit

    chii’s mango soda is made using a homemade jam. The orange drink looks super stylish with the giant ice cube inside. A cool and refreshing pick for those hot days.

     

    Ingredients
    ・100g mango ・15 sugar ・A squirt of lemon juice ・1 tsp rum

     

    Method
    1: Boil all of the ingredients together.
    2: Mix in soda and jam.
    3: Top with rosemary and drink up.

     

    5: Mikan Latte @hit0m._.mi

    HITOMI’s choice is the popular mikan latte! You can use sliced orange for the topping too if you can’t get your hands on mikan.

     

    Ingredients
    ・200ml milk ・Sugar to taste ・Yoghurt ti taste ・1 mikan ・Sliced mikan (for topping)

     

    Method
    1: Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender.
    2. Once smooth, add to a cup a finish with a slice of mikan or orange.

  • Make Authentic Matcha at Home With the New Ippukubox Set

    25.April.2020 | FOOD

    TAKAHASHI KOGEI has launched a new matcha making set called the Ippukubox which comes with everything you need to make authentic Japanese matcha.

     

    For many of us, our time indoors has increased. When taking a break from remote work we head to the kitchen to make ourselves a drink. We’ve all had those moments when we’re torn between making coffee, black tea, herbal tea, and so on. In those undecided moments, why not try making a cup of matcha instead?

    The Ippukubox is a 15cm box which comes with all the necessary gear for making mathca: a chawan cup, chasen tea whisk, chashaku teaspoon, and a natsume tea caddy for preserving your matcha.

     

    The inside of the box is lined with Echizen paper from Fukui Prefecture which not only makes it look beautiful, but protects your matcha tools from becoming damaged as a result of rubbing together.

     

    Generally in Japan, when you think about making matcha, the traditional tea ceremony springs to mind which follows strict rules when it comes to making the drink. But the Ippukubox is made for personal use, and so you can add as much or as little matcha or hot water as you like, and practice making it even if you don’t know the proper techniques. You can even add hot milk to make a matcha latte and enjoy a tasty treat with it.

    The chawan teacup is Echizen ware from Fukui and was made specially for the Ippukubox. Its cute size makes it fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, but it’s also spacious enough for using the whisk.

    The outside design of the box is also made in such a way that it fits seamlessly into modern living and dining spaces. Each wooden box is handcrafted individually and is layered in a matte coating to protect the wood.

    *This chawan teacup is different to the one included in the set

    The lid of the box can even be used as a tray as pictured above to fit your drink and snack.

  • Bring the Cafe Experience Into Your Home During the Lockdown With BOTANIST Tokyo’s Smoothe Recipe

    19.April.2020 | FOOD

    With the lockdown in place as a result of the coronavirus and businesses closed, BOTANIST’s flagship cafe in Tokyo has released two recipes for people to enjoy the BOTANIST cafe experience from their very own home.

     

    The two beverages in question are the delicious-looking “Smoothie Bon Bon Pineapple & Kiwi” and the healthy vegan-friendly “Spring Smoothie.” Both are super simple to make, so check out the recipes below.

     

    Smoothie Bon Bon Pineapple & Kiwi

    The ingredients used in this tropical drink give it a marble effect, combining pineapple with shiikuwasha syrup and apricot whipped cream. At the very bottom is a sweet kiwi sauce to stir into the drink with your straw for a further depth of flavour.

     

    Ingredients (Serves 1)

    ▼Smoothie
    100g pineapple / 10ml juice of shiikuwasha citrus / 60ml milk / 5g granulated sugar

     

    ▼Amaretto Whipped Cream

    20ml whipped cream / 1ml amaretto syrup / 30ml kiwi sauce

    ▼Toppings
    10-13 pineapple slices cut like diamonds / 25g granola / 5g crunchy chocolate pieces / 1 mint leaf

     

    Shiikuwasha can be replaced with lemon or lime juice. Taste as you go and adjust to your palate as necessary. Adding amaretto syrup to the whipped cream gives it an apricot taste, but the amaretto is optionalーplain whipped cream works great too. If you can’t get your hands on kiwi sauce, substitute with fresh kiwis. Slice and crush to make it into a puree so it’s small enough to be sucked through your straw.

     

    Method

    ①Measure out your ingredients. Cut your pineapple into diamond slices (see below).
    ②Put the kiwi sauce into your cup or glass.
    ③Mix the whipped cream and amaretto syrup. Use a spoon to spoon the whipped cream around the inside of the cup to create a marble effect.
    ④Blend together your smoothie ingredients and pour into the cup.
    ⑤Top with the granola.
    ⑥Spread your pineapple slices around the outside of the cup. Finish with your chocolate crunch pieces and mint leaf.

     

    Slicing the Pineapple

    ①Slice off the top and bottom of your pineapple.
    ②Slice through the length of the pineapple to divide into four sections.
    ③Chop off the inner white part of the pineapple.
    ④-⑥Following the picture below, slice your pineapple into diamond chunks and throw away the skin.
    ⑥Slice the chunks into thin diamonds.
    ⑦Spread the slices to create a sunflower pattern. Adjust according to your cup size. Make sure your granola is lower than the lip of your cup so you can properly balance the shape of your pineapple flower.

     

    Spring Smoothie

    This refreshing smoothie is packed full of spring berries. It’s the perfect spring accompaniment with the sweet and sour kick of the strawberries and raspberries and the subtle sweetness of the sugar beet and soy milk.

     

    Ingredients (Serves 1)

    50g strawberries / 30g raspberries / 30g sugar beet* / 230ml soy milk
    *The sugar beet can be replaced with gomme syrup to make the beverage vegan-friendly. If you’re using caster sugar or granulated sugar, make sure it is fully dissolve into the soy milk first before making the drink.

     

    Method

    ①Measure out your ingredients. A scale like the one above is super useful in this situation since it saves on washing too!
    ②Put in all the ingredients and mix until smooth.
    ③Pour into a large glass.

     

    BOTANIST Tokyo is currently temporarily closed as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Bring the cafe experience home by making one of their tasty smoothies!

  • Stay Home: 5 Simple and Delicious Drinks to Try Making During the Lockdown

    09.April.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

     

    Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan.

     

    The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

     

    In this edition of Stay Home, we’re taking a look at five cute and tasty-looking drinks that are featured with the trending Japanese hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”). Try making one of these drinks recipes yourself then sit back, relax, and savour every sip.

    1: Dalgona Coffee @kaopan

    This dalgona coffee recipe was provided by Kaori who has a series here on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON called Kaori’s Easy Recipe where she shows how to create fun and simple character recipes. It has a bitter taste but is temptingly creamy, giving it a flavour you’ll become addicted to.

     

    Ingredients

    ☆Instant Coffee ☆Hot Water ☆Powdered Sugar (Granulated works fine too) ・Milk

     

    Method

    1: Add one tablespoon each of all the starred (☆) ingredients into a bowl and whip well.

    2: Simply add cold milk to the sweetened coffee and it’s finished.

    3: Mix while drinking and enjoy.

     

    2: Dalgona Matcha @miwa__go

    This dalgona matcha was made by Yuka Onoda. This is a you’ve got to drink to try if you’re not a fan of coffee. The amount of milk will change depending on the size of your mug, so give it a go.

     

    Ingredients

    ☆2 tbsp sugar ☆1 egg white ☆2 tbsp matcha powder ・8 tbsp fresh cream ・Milk

     

    Method

    1: Whip all of the starred (☆) ingredients together well.

    2: Mix in fresh cream until it thickens.

    3: Pour in your milk and you’re done.

     

    3: Cherry Blossom Cream Soda @banakooooo

    This homemade cream soda recipe was made by Banako, one of our MOSHI MOSHI FRIENDS who writes articles on cafes and cream sodas in Japan. This is the perfect beverage for those unable to enjoy the cherry blossoms.

     

    Ingredients

    ・Soda/Carbonated Water・Pink coloured juice・Pickled cherry blossom leaves*・Vanilla Ice cream

    *The pickled cherry blossom leaves were bought online

     

    Method

    1: Add ice to a glass and pour in the soda.

    2: Pour in some pink coloured juice to your liking to change the colour of the water.

    3: Add some of the pickled cherry leaves and a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

    4: Top with some more pickled cherry leaves to garnish.

     

    4: Oreo Cookie Milk @kotone9558

    Kotone’s home cafe drink is a dessert-style beverage made using Oreos. This one’s a must-try for anyone who loves Oreos.

     

    Ingredients

    ・3 Oreos (2 without the cream)・Milk (to taste)・Fresh cream (to taste)

     

    Method

    1: Lay two Oreos into a glass.

    2: Add the milk. Whip fresh cream and add.

    3: Finish by topping with an Oreo.

     

    5: Orangeade @onew_tc72

    Chihiro serves us a refreshing orangeade from their home cafe. The perfect refreshment for the arrival of the warm spring weather.

     

    Ingredients:

    ☆1 orange ☆100g sugar ☆1 tbsp honey ・1 bottle of soda/carbonated water・3 orange slices・2 thyme sprigs

     

    Method

    1: Peel the starred (☆) orange, then place that and the rest of the starred ingredients into a bottle that has been sterilised by boiling. Leave in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.

    2: Slice three piece of orange and cut them in half.

    3: Add the syrup you made from step ① into an ice-filled cup. Pour in the soda/carbonated water and add the orange slices and thyme.

  • 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.

  • GODIVA’s Irresistible Chocolixir Sakura Drink Available This Spring

    23.February.2020 | FOOD

    GODIVA Japan Inc. is releasing a new chocolate drink as part of their Chocolixir series. The new drink flavour “Chocolixir Sakura” will be sold from February 16 to April 9, 2020 at GODIVA shops only. 

    Chocolixir Sakura: ¥630 (Before Tax)

    Cherry blossom jelly and pink chocolate curls rest on top of a white cloud of whipped cream to create the appearance of cherry blossom petals. The drink creates the image of beautiful sakura petals as they reflect off the water’s surface, creating the warm image of the rays of the spring sun. The sweet aroma and creamy melt-in-the-mouth white chocolate is divine. This chilled drink also contains small pieces of smashed white chocolate, creating a fun texture in your mouth. 

     

    It looks just as wonderful as it tastes. One sip will fill your heart with the refreshing vibes of spring. GODIVA’s velvety smooth chocolate drinks are always to die for. You just have to try it. 

  • J-Pop Group Perfume to Open Fashion Pop-Up Shop ‘Perfume Closet’ at Laforet Harajuku

    16.February.2020 | FASHION / MUSIC

    Worldwide famous Japanese pop group Perfume are taking their fashion project “Perfume Closet” to Laforet Harajuku where it will run in a pop-up shop from February 20-26 this year.

     

    Perfume Closet is a fashion project helmed by Perfume which aims to connect with fans through Perfume’s music by making outfits. This is the fourth time Perfume Closet has opened, and will feature a line-up entitled “Perfume Closet 2020SS” which is part of what Perfume are calling “Phase 2,” which started in January this year and centres on clothing. It follows on from “Phase 1” which featured a line-up of miscellaneous items.

    SATIN COMBI TRENCH COAT – ¥49,500 (Tax Included) / FLOWER PLEATS DRESS – ¥44,000 (Tax Included)

    SHEER COMBI KNIT ¥17,600 (Tax Included) / 2 WAY PLEATS SKIRT ¥35,200 (Tax Included)

    RELAX WEAR (LADIES) – ¥16,500 (Tax Included) / PLEATS SLEEVE TEE (WHITE) – ¥9,900 (Tax Included) / SHEER COMBI RELAX PANTS – ¥22,000 (Tax Included)

    The pop-up shop will stock a plethora of items made by the Perfume members, who worked on the designs, chose the materials, and crafted the silhouettes. It includes everything from coats to one pieces, blouses, bottoms, as well as unisex items men can wear too like pants, shirts, and more.

     

    Fans of Perfume and fans of Japanese fashion aren’t going to want to miss out on the new Perfume Closet, open for one week only starting next Thursday!

  • Laforet Harajuku’s 2020 Fukubukuro Lucky Bags Are Not to be Missed

    20.December.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    Laforet Harajuku has finally dropped details on its 2020 fukubukuro. Fukubukuro is a New Year custom in Japan where stores make up grab bags full of random items for people to purchase at a discounted price. Around 50 stores in Laforet are set to participate, with pre-orders now running until December 31, 2019.

     

    As always, the line-up this year is diverse, from the unique fukubukuro you can actually look inside to see what they have—which is a popular one every year—to the Laforet Gentei Fukubukuro which contains items exclusive to Laforet Harajuku, and more.

    Those who pre-order a lucky bag will receive one of two things: either a coupon to get a random free item at one of the eateries at the GOOD MEAL MARKET on the second floor, or a ¥200 discount voucher to spend at Laforet Harajuku.

    On New Year’s Day and January 2, a taiko performance by Yushima Tenjin Shiraume Taiko will take place at the first floor entrance to drum in the New Year.

    Around 70 stores in the shopping complex will also sell items at a special price between January 1 and 7 to celebrate 2020. Select stores will be handing out bag hooks in collaboration with the popular South Korean boy band SEVENTEEN.

     

    The “Look and Choose” Fukubukuro

    OLIVE des OLIVE (Floor 5F) – Set of up to 6 items priced at ¥7,700 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥25,000)

    Cosme Kitchen (Floor 1.5F) – Set of 7 items priced at ¥5,500 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥14,000)

     

    Laforet Harajuku Exclusives-Filled Fukubukuro

    POU DOU DOU (Floor 4F) – Set of 7 items priced at ¥13,200 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥56,000)

    la belle Etude (Floor B0.5F) – Set of 6 items priced at ¥11,000 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥70,000~¥80,000)

     

    Other Fukubukuro

    Ank Rouge (Floor 4F) – Set of 6 items priced at ¥16,500 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥50,000)

    jouetie (Floor 4F) – Set of 5 items priced at ¥11,000 (Tax Included) (Original Price: ¥39,600)

    This is just a small look at just some of the fukubukuro set to be sold, there are so many more to get your hands on. Start your 2020 year with some delicious discounts from Laforet Harajuku.

     

    *Contents subject to change without notice

    *Listed photos are select look only – more fukubukuro to be sold

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