Hydrangea Matcha Parfait Gets Served For Spring at Kyoto Tea Shop

18.May.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

Japanese Uji tea shop Itohkyuemon broughr back its seasonal Hydrangea Parfait to the menu at three of its stores last Monday.

Hydrangea Parfait

Hydrangea Tea Party

Kyoto’s city of Uji, where Itohkyuemon’s main branch is based, is home to Mimuroto Temple which is famous for its hydrangea flowers. The temple always bustles during the springtime rainy season. It’s around this time that people can be waiting up to 3 hours for a seat at Itohkyuemon. Their Hydrangea Parfait is their most popular parfait, never failing to create a buzz on Japanese social media. It contains hydrangea-flavoured mashed sweet potato, hydrangea jelly, leaf-shaped matcha cookies, blueberries, and more, all capturing the swaying hydrangeas during the downpour of the rainy season. They are limited in stock and are not re-added to the menu until the following year once they run out.

 

Customers can order the parfait on its own, with a cup of tea, or with both tea and warabimochi. The tea set and tea party versions come with a free hydrangea coaster.

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    Tofu shiratama can be frozen without hardening, so it’s great to use for cooking as well as making sweets.

     

     

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    300g silken tofu

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    Canned fruit or fruit of your choice

     

     

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    Kaori Kubota(@kaopan27

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

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    短縮形 ©HF/S,HP,M

     

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