Glorious New Matcha Desserts to Arrive at Patisserie SATSUKI in Tokyo, Osaka, & Makuhari

08.April.2020 | FOOD

Three branches of Hotel New Otani’s Patisserie SATSUKI in Tokyo, Makuhari and Osaka are releasing two new matcha desserts made from Kyoto’s famous Uji matcha on May 7.

 

New Edo Matcha Shortcake: Melt-in-the-mouth moments guaranteed

New Edo Matcha Shortcake – ¥1,200 (Before Tax)

This tempting matcha shortcake has vivid and breathtaking cross-sectioned layers of ingredients. One sponge is made from a special kind of egg from chickens raised on a diet of organic genmai rice, and the other sponge is made using matcha and refined Japanese sugar. Squished between the sponge is smooth and mouth-melting almond milk cream and subtly sweet soy milk white ganache, as well as the centrepiece of it all: rich Uji matcha custard cream. It’s also stuffed with brown sugar red bean paste sprinkled with salt from Aogashima, brown sugar jelly, and chewy rice flour dumplings, creating a mix of complex and subtle flavours. A refreshing touch is added by the lychee, and everything’s topped off with a luxurious matcha macaron.

 

New Edo Matcha Roll: A multitude of flavours

New Edo Matcha Roll – ¥1,000 (Before Tax) *Available at Tokyo and Makuhari branches only

This pure white roll is also made with the special eggs from the genmai rice-raised chickens. It’s filled with rich Uji matcha cream, matcha arrowroot from longstanding Japanese shop Funabashiya which has been around 1805, refreshing agar-agar, brown sugar red bean paste sprinkled with salt from Aogashima, soy milk white ganache, chewy rice flour dumplings, and fresh lychees. New flavours await at every bite of this incredible delight which fuses Japanese and Western flavours.

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    Matcha has become a common ingredient and flavour in people’s lives outside of Japan. It’s now easier than ever to get your hands on something matcha flavoured, whether it be desserts or the tea itself. Even in Japan, you’ll find new matcha products released daily. Today, we’re reviewing a particular matcha dessert made using the highest quality Japanese ingredients.

     

    Marche co., ltd., a subsidiary of TAGPIC Inc., co-launched a luxury sweets brand called ‘BRANCHE CHOCOLAT’ on September 9, 2020, together with Riku Yakushijin who, as a chef at the introduction-only French restaurant Sugalabo, works as a Culinary Producer where he has honed the concept of ‘food literacy.’ Together, they have released their very first dessert together: the matcha-flavoured ‘CARRE AU CHOCOLAT.’

     

    About BRANCHE CHOCOLAT

    BRANCHE CHOCOLAT is a high quality sweets brand based on the idea of wanting to expand the number of authentic and genuinely good sweets. The brand’s name is a combination of the French words branche, meaning to ‘connect’ or ‘tie,’ and chocolat which of course is chocolate. Everything they do is totally calculated, using good quality Japanese ingredients while keeping in mind flavour, texture, and appearance, and taking into account the joy of sharing, the surprise when eating, and the moment you put something delicious into your mouth―and all of this without being predictable. By making their products into a distinct cube shape, it makes the dessert look stylish, easy to eat, and easy to photograph from every angle.

     

    The First Product: Matcha ‘CARRE AU CHOCOLAT’


    GIFT BOX ¥5,478 (Tax Included) / ECO BOX ¥4,378 (Tax Included)

    The first product in BRANCHE CHOCOLAT’s line is the ‘CARRE AU CHOCOLAT’ which is made using yamecha from Fukuoka. Yamecha is a type of tea produced in Fukuoka that comes in many different forms depending on the variety and how the tea is ground, which can make for a whole range of different results from types that are beautiful in colour to very bitter flavours, very rich flavours, or very sweet flavours. And to ensure they get the absolute full potential out of the yamecha, BRANCH CHOCOLAT conceived over 50 recipes through trial runs and taste-testing. The end result had them arrive at the recipe we have here today which preserves the original flavour of the tea while enhancing it to be even more elegant in taste.

     

    Tasting Time


    When opening the dessert box, your gaze is arrested by the sparkle of the four-sided matcha dessert. A dessert that’s cube-shaped looks good enough to snap a photo from any angle. As you fork into the chocolate, it’s softer than Japanese ganache, and moister than a terrine.

     

    Time to tuck in.

    Your taste buds are met by the sweetness of the rich chocolate together with the bitter, full-bodied taste of the yamecha. It feels smooth in the mouth and just melts. You can really savour the matcha which penetrates all the way to your nose. This is a completely different dessert experience which is deep and rich in flavour yet has a lightness to it.

     

    Underneath the chocolate is a traditional French confection known as pain de genes which has been thinly sliced which makes it feel a little like eating a cake when enjoyed with the chocolate. The simple flavour of the pain de genes and the sweetness of the chocolate are a perfect match for one another.

     

    It’s precisely because the CARRE AU CHOCOLAT uses high quality Japanese matcha that you can savour the sweetness, delicious taste, and the adequate amount of bitterness. This is a treat that any and all lovers of matcha and chocolate cannot afford to pass on. It’s the perfect size to be enjoyed by 2-4 people, making it great for a special celebration, a home party, or if you want to share it with someone special.

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