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April 26, 2017

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French-styled Matcha Tea Vegan Macarons

If you love cute patisserie macarons but are trying to avoid egg and dairy, we have the perfect recipe for you to try this week.

Presenting the French-styled Matcha Green Tea Vegan Macarons by Eugene de Loyola, aka @euphorius09.

Eugene majored in Digital Arts and Design at Malayan Colleges Laguna, before graduating in 2010. He then moved to San Francisco to continue his education. Since then, Eugene has been honing his skills in photography, practicing with experiments involving light.

Beside photography, Eugene also loves to bake, and specializes in vegan dessert baking. Creating many different kinds of desserts, Eugene takes photos of his creations and shares the images on social media.

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Switch eggs with aqua faba and bake for yourself these lovely delicious and TOTALLY vegan Avocado Matcha Macarons

These vegan Matcha Tea Macarons have beautiful white almond macaron shells and a rich and vibrantly green matcha-avocado pastry cream filling.

Even though this is a vegan recipe, it is still delicious. The key ingredient to making these delectable treats is the aqua faba - a wonderful substitute for eggs.

Aqua faba has similar properties to egg whites but comes without the typical egg white smell, and many great desserts with aqua faba still obtain the same richness, softness and fluffiness you get from egg whites.

So why not skip the eggs for a day, and try these luscious vegan almond matcha macarons.  

Vegan Matcha French Macarons


  • 150ml aqua faba (reduced from two 15-oz or 425-g cans of organic garbanzo beans)
  • 200g almond flour
  • 200g organic powdered sugar
  • 200g organic refined sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp organic almond extract (vanilla works)
  • 1-2 tbs organic matcha powder
  • 2 ripe organic avocados
  • ½ cup organic agave syrup (or other sweeteners)
  • 1 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • Organic shredded coconut (optional)


  1. Transfer and simmer the water from two 15oz garbanzo beans cans in a small saucepan for about 15 minutes, which should yield roughly 150ml of aqua faba.
  2. Transfer the bean water to a smaller container and refrigerate it.
  3. Sift almond flour and powdered sugar in a large bowl to prevent lumps from forming, before mixing together.
  4. Pour the prepared aqua faba into the mixer, whisk on high until frothy with the foam holding its shape.
  5. Add the almond extract and 100g of the refined sugar, and whisk in a cake mixer for about one minute.
  6. Add the remaining refined sugar, whisking until it reaches its peak.
  7. Add in the almond flour mixture gradually, gently folding it into the mixture.
  8. Transfer the batter into a pastry bag with a half-inch round tip.
  9. Pipe 1.5” round shapes on a sheet of parchment paper, about ½ inches apart.
  10. Repeat until all the batter is used up.
  11. Remove any air bubbles by dropping the tray on the table a few times.
  12. Set the mix aside for two hours until the outside shell dries up.
  13. Bake one tray at a time in a preheated oven at 99°C for 30 minutes.
  14. Turn the oven off and leave the tray in for 15 minutes, before opening the oven door and leaving it for another 15 minutes.
  15. Repeat with another tray while the previous one cools down.
  16. In a blender, combine the avocados, coconut oil, agave syrup, and matcha powder until smooth.
  17. Transfer the filling into a piping bag with a small round tip.
  18. Fill half of the macaron shells and place the remaining shells on top to create a macaron.
  19. Roll the sides of the macarons on shredded coconut (optional).
  20. Refrigerate the macarons to give them a softer texture.

Vegan Matcha Avocado Green Tea Macarons made with matcha green tea and substitute eggs for aqua faba

Délicieux! Vegan, healthy and delicious treats for you and your loved ones to enjoy this week!


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April 14, 2017

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Oreo Matcha Green Tea Cheesecake Bars

Happy Good Friday! And Easter is just around the corner!

Easter always calls for a grand and significant celebration in Australia. It’s the festive gala time when the family is gathered together having delicious foods, enjoying “the Royal Easter Show” and not to forget, playing Easter hunt with brightly beautifully colored Easter eggs.

The excitement is happening at Kenko Tea and we are so glad to introduce our new awesome Matcha dessert that you might want to include in your list for the coming Sunday.

Let’s meet Melissa Tee from @tsymelissa and her gorgeous Matcha Oreo Cheesecake Bars.

Soft and delicious Green Tea Oreo Cheesecake Bars made with the earthy matcha powder, complementary with the bittersweet Oreos

Melissa is from Malaysia but she has been studied in Singapore and now continuing her studies in Sydney. She is a true matcha fanatic as she can't resist the temptation to add green tea powder into everything that she bakes. Simply just loves the earthiness of the powder!

Melissa learned to bake when she was young and it has been her daily inspiration ever since. She loves cafe-hopping and food photography as well. She documents reviews of restaurants/cafes she’s been to and shares her baking recipes with others to try as she believes that anyone can bake with a good recipe.

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Melissa’s Oreo Green Tea Cheesecake Bars recipe is super simple to make as all you need to do is mix beat, and bake! The combination of the earthly matcha and sweet oreos has been the classic one in many of Kenko Tea’s dessert recipes.

Each element complements and brings out the flavour of one another, that creates the taste of perfection. These bars are also mini bite-sized which makes perfect dessert to share at the party. So let’s grab some matcha, oreos and start mixing!

Green Tea Oreo Cheesecake Bars


  • 24 Oreo cookies
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 250g cream cheese, room temperature
  • 130g granulated white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp Matcha powder, according to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 160C/350F. Line an 8x8 in. baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Process Oreo cookies in a food processor until fine crumbs.
  3. Add melted butter into cookies crumbs and mix well.
  4. Press crumbs into an even layer and bake for 10 mins. Let it cool.
  5. Beat the cream cheese on medium speed using a paddle attachment until smooth.
  6. Add in sugar and beat until incorporated.
  7. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  8. Beat in matcha powder, sour cream and vanilla extract until incorporated.
  9. Pour batter over the baked crust, then bake again until edges are set with a slightly jiggly centre for about 25 mins.
  10. Cool till room temperature, then cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

Silky soft Matcha Oreo Cheesecake bars are the great dessert for the Easter's family gathering

Voila! These delicious and beautiful Oreo Matcha Cheesecake Bars are ready for the relaxing Easter Sunday. They definitely bring out your dessert table and impress anyone. Happy Easter!


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March 29, 2017

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Fudgy Green Tea Matcha Crinkles

If you are looking for some treat that are exclusive yet simple and fun to bake, we have one right here for ya!

One of the favorite cookies that you might want to include for this weekend is the fudgy Matcha Tea Crinkles by the lovely Nathaim Denly from @natsooonice

Matcha Green Tea Crinkles - fudgy and luscious treats since childhood

Nathaim Denly is from the City of Love, Iloilo, Philippines. She is a Physiotherapy graduate and currently waiting for her board exam next year.

While waiting for the exams, she spends most of her free time experimenting  and incorporating matcha in different dessert recipes. She is a true matcha fan!


Nathaim’s matcha krinkles or crinkles are inspired from her favorite childhood treats - Chocolate Crinkles. These popular snacks in Philippine are the soft, fudgy cookies coated with fine confectioners or powdered sugar.

The innovative Matcha Crinkles have the same soft fudginess to it with the nice earthliness of matcha. The outside crust is slightly crisp while the inside is moist and gooey. They are then rolled in powdered sugar till perfection. These luscious Green Tea Matcha Crinkles definitely make the great weekend treats to share with friends.

Matcha Green Tea Crinkles


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup matcha powder
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 cups confectioners sugar


  1. Combine together flour, salt and baking powder till well mixed
  2. In another bowl, mix thoroughly the sugar and the matcha powder.
  3. Mix in eggs, oil and vanilla extract into the matcha sugar mixture until it is fully combined.
  4. Combine well the flour mixture to the matcha-egg one.
  5. Chill the batter for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  6. Divide the chilled dough into any desired size.
  7. Roll them in confectioners sugar.
  8. Bake at 350F (177C) for 12-13 minutes.
  9. Let the cookies cool down before serving. Enjoy!

Green Tea Crinkles are the new favourite cookies made with Matcha Green Tea

Prepare to impress your loved ones with these sweet delicious treats. Everyone will undoubtedly fall in love for them. Happy baking and enjoy the weekend!


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March 17, 2017

Top 8 Green St. Patrick's Matcha Tea Cocktails

March is here - the wonderful month of the year where the temperature begins to cool. But rather than the weather creating a cool blue, March is the time of the year where everything turns green - for St Patrick’s Day that is!

And this St Paddy’s Day we’ve got some delicious green cocktail recipes to help you celebrate this leprechaun-filled event. Because if you can’t wear green, and listen to the fiddle while having a few drinks on St Patrick’s Day, when can you do it?

1. St. Patrick's Day Green Tea Cocktail

While for some it’s the Guinness that makes St. Paddy’s Day, in the Emerald Isle there are many other options when raising your glass.

Irish cream, gin, poitin, stout, whiskey and of course the ever-popular Irish Red Ale are the favourites too. And when thinking outside of the box, you can certainly skip the black stuff and get into the spirit with some green matcha tea.

This recipe below is the St. Patrick’s Day Green Tea Cocktail from Samovar Tea. For the full method please click here.

  • 1 bottle Irish Red Ale, bittersweet balance (e.g O’Hara’s, Smithwick’s Diamond Bear or Goose Island Kilgubbin)
  • ¼ tsp matcha, plus more for garnish

2. The Mighty Patcha

The Mighty Patcha Cocktail Recipe from

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Bright green is a desirable colour for a Paddy’s Day cocktail and for this recipe, simply mix your matcha green tea into your drink. With the health benefits matcha brings, it’s the perfect tipple if you are searching for a healthy option to celebrate with.

The ingredients for this tasty cocktail are below, and for the full recipe go here!

  • 25ml Jameson Irish whisky
  • 10ml lemon juice
  • 5-6 basil leaves
  • ½ tsp matcha
  • 10ml matcha syrup
  • 50ml ginger ale

3. I Dream of Greenie

The I Dream of Greenie mix from the Spirit of Cocktails & Culture Supercall is a delightful blend of avocado, lime juice, green agave mezcal and matcha green tea. One sip and you will taste the complexity of this lovely drink - a mix of citrus and fruits with a velvety finish.

You can find the ingredients for the I Dream of Greenie cocktail below and the full method here.

  • 60ml plum-infused El Silencio Mezcal
  • 2 tbsp avocado syrup
  • ½ tsp matcha powder
  • 22ml fresh lime juice
  • 7.5ml liquor 43
  • Smoked salt, for the rim of the glasses

4. Matcha Pisco Sour

Matcha Pisco Sour by the Spirit of Cocktail & Culture Supercall

Photo credit: Spirit of Cocktails & Culture Supercall

If you are after a smooth, frothy drink with a hint of bitter, then a Pisco Sour from the Spirit of Cocktails & Culture Supercall is the answer. Pisco Sour is a very compatible flavour when mixed with matcha green tea, as not only does it highlight the umami of matcha, but it also enhances its vital green color.

And here’s an extra tip - if you want the vibrant green color to pop in this cocktail, make sure the matcha syrup is extra fresh and be careful not to overheat the matcha, remembering it is more delicate than other tea leaves. You can check out the full recipe for this Matcha Pisco Sour here.

  • 60ml pisco
  • 22ml fresh lime juice
  • 22ml matcha syrup
  • 28g egg whites
  • Amargo chuncho bitters, for garnish

5. Matcha Gimlet Cocktail

matcha green tea gimlet - todaysnest

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Most people love the refreshing taste of gin and lime juice, but what about a delicious Matcha Green Tea Gimlet?

This ain't your ordinary gimlet (gin and lime cocktail). This drink is the perfect balance of grassy matcha with citrusy lime juice and a sweet touch of the homemade syrup. For best results, use only good quality London dry gin, like Tanqueray or Bombay Sapphire.

  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder
  • 89ml water
  • Juice of 1 small lime (1oz)
  • 15ml simple syrup
  • 74ml London Dry Gin
  • Ice

Check out the full recipe here.

6. Matcha Gin & Tonic

Matcha Green Tea Gin & Tonic

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If you’re simply after a gin and tonic this St Patrick’s Day, why not give your traditional drink a green twist with added matcha? The cocktail brings together the earthly flavour of matcha, mixed with fresh cucumbers and limes, and finished off with a splash of Hendrick’s gin.

It’s a simple cocktail recipe but makes for a deliciously cold and refreshing treat. So if you need a last minute drink idea for your St. Paddy’s Day party, look no further.

Matcha syrup

  • 57g matcha powder
  • 170ml boiling water
  • 1L rich simple syrup


  • 1 cucumber, cut into rough chunks
  • 43ml Hendrick’s gin
  • 28ml fresh lime juice from 2-3 limes
  • 28ml matcha syrup
  • 28ml tonic water

Garnish: Cucumber and a sprig of fresh mint

7. The Green Monk

The Green Monk - One Martini

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Another cocktail for gin lovers is this Green Monk from One Martini. The drink is a beautiful mix of gin, fresh Meyer lemon juice and homemade ginger honey syrup, topped off with the vibrant green of matcha tea.

  • 44ml gin (We used Martin Miller Gin)
  • 22ml ginger honey syrup*
  • 15ml fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • 7.5ml green Chartreuse
  • 74ml brewed and cooled Matcha Green Tea
  • Soda water
  • 3 pieces of candied ginger on a skewer for garnish

Once you have everything you need, check out how to mix this cocktail.

8. Matcha Cooler (non-alcoholic)

Matcha Green Tea Cooler (non alcohol mocktail)

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If you’re on a booze break during St. Patrick’s Day, don’t miss out on the fun with this virgin matcha cocktail. This little mocktail will be a toast to your health and is the perfect alcohol-free way to celebrate St Paddy’s Day.

With its grassy and bittersweet flavour, this matcha cooler from Liquor is the one to try.

Following are the ingredients and you can click for the full recipe here.

Matcha syrup

  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp stone-ground matcha


  • 1-inch piece of cucumber, roughly chopped
  • 8 mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 1.5 tbsp)
  • 30ml fresh apple juice, e.g Granny Smith

So have you decided which cocktail you want to try? We don’t blame you if you’re tempted by them all! These green matcha cocktails will definitely add a pop of green to your St Paddy’s Day.

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dui!


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March 02, 2017

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Black Sesame Buttercream Matcha Green Tea Macarons

Matcha Macarons filled Black Sesame Buttercream are the great treats complementary with your favourite green tea latte

Macarons are surely one of the popular treats for their lovely taste and the delicacy. And surely they are also one of the hardest baking treats to master.

As we are the big fan of macarons, we have the new recipe of matcha macarons for us to experiment this week. Say hello to Matcha Macarons filled with the delicious Black Sesame Buttercream by the lovely Amanda from @foodie_mandy.

Amanda is a matcha lover who enjoys learning to cook and bake. She has learned from others and experience a few recipes to share with her friends and family. Although she is not a professional baker, her passion for baking is surely admirable.

Matcha macarons is actually her favorite recipe to experiment. Amanda's macarons are super soft and mildly sweet from the matcha green tea. The bittersweet matcha macarons is complementary well with the creamy and sweet black sesame buttercream - the favourite and delightful combo at Kenko Tea.

For any macaron beginners, it’s best to follow some of the notes from Amanda as it can help making the perfect and delicious green tea macarons.  

Black Sesame Buttercream Filled Green Tea Macarons

Macaron shells

  • 1 Medium egg white (35g)
  • 20g caster sugar
  • 25g ground almonds
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 2tsp Matcha powder
  1. Preheat oven to 140 C
  2. Sift the almonds, matcha powder + icing sugar into a bowl (*Optional: Run the ground almonds + icing sugar through a food processor to get an even finer grain).
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white until foam appears.  
  4. Add caster sugar; continue whisking on high for about 3-5 mins or until stiff peaks form.
  5. Pour ⅓ of the dry mix in the meringue and fold gently to incorporate.
  6. Repeat twice for the remaining dry ingredients (Do not over mix).  
  7. Transfer to a piping bag with the end snipped off or with a medium-large round nozzle (NOT a fine one like the one been used  as the shells won’t look uniform and smooth, like in the photo).
  8. Pipe onto a baking tray lined with grease-proof paper or a silicone mat (Use a bit of the mix to stick the grease-proof paper to the tray).
  9. Tap the tray onto the worktop for couple times to remove any air bubbles.
  10. Leave to rest for about 30 mins or until dry to the touch (NOT over dry).
  11. Bake for around 15-18 mins (Keep eyes on them to make sure to not over bake them).
  12. Let them cool on the tray before transferring to a cooling rack as they are fragile.

Black sesame buttercream

  • 113g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp crushed black sesame seeds
  • 1-2 tbsp cream or milk
  1. Crush the black sesame seeds with a rolling pin (To intensify the flavour, simply put the seeds into a freezer bag and bang with a rolling pin).
  2. Whisk or beat the butter until pale and creamy.
  3. Add ½ of the icing sugar and whisk slowly until incorporated.
  4. Add the remaining icing sugar and whisk on high speed until light and fluffy.
  5. Mix in the crushed black sesame seeds
  6. Add cream or milk if the mix is too thick for spreading or piping
  7. Fill the macarons with the buttercream using a spoon or piping bag.  

Note: For the extra buttercream, you can eat it raw like I ate what was left, straight from the bowl ;)

Green Tea Matcha Macarons filled with Black Sesame buttercream are the perfect combination for you to enjoy

These delicious green tea filled sesame buttercream macarons surely make the fun recipe to work on with your family and friends~


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February 01, 2017

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Dairy-free Matcha Blueberry Popsicles

On a hot summer’s day, nothing’s better than enjoying your favourite summer treats with your friends at the beach, or a picnic in the park.

And another reason we love summer is that it’s also blueberry season! These juicy blue gems are well loved for their taste and rich nutrient and antioxidant content. Blueberries help to fight aging and cancer, boost digestion, care for your heart and even give you skincare and weight loss benefits.

As we’re planning for a healthy 2017 at Kenko Tea, let’s skip the ice cream trucks and move straight for the Matcha Green Tea Blueberry Popsicles from the lovely Cherie Tu aka @thrivingonplants.

Cherie is passionate about plant-based and healthy clean eating. Her recipes are simple, colourful and delectable.

Visit Cherie and her extraordinarily artistic masterpieces here!


Cherie’s popsicles have a healthy combination of two of the highest antioxidant foods, matcha and blueberries. The recipe also uses no sugar or dairy, making it the perfect clean summer treat.

The popsicles are super simple and quick to make, so slap them together now in preparation for that last minute beach trip.

Green Tea Matcha Blueberry Popsicles


  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tbsp + ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp Kenko Matcha (Use less for more subtle taste. Unless you like strong matcha taste, I recommend not to add more than 1 tbsp)


  1. Add blueberries, 2 tbsp maple syrup & lemon juice into a saucepan.
  2. Simmer on low-medium heat for 5 mins until the blueberries soften (You can pop them beforehand, otherwise leave them whole)
  3. Remove from heat and leave aside to cool.
  4. Blend coconut milk, matcha & ¼ cup maple syrup until smooth.
  5. Spoon the cooled blueberry mix into the bottom of the popsicle moulds.
  6. Add in the matcha mixture on top of the blueberry mix.
  7. Freeze overnight & Enjoy whenever you wish!!!

Ta-da! These gorgeous green-blue beauties will surely brighten up your beach trip! Below is the video of the recipe for you to enjoy as well.



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January 18, 2017

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Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Chip Muffins

Kicking the day off with a soft delicious muffin with a cup of earthy matcha latte, is pretty great -  don’t you agree?

As it’s halfway to the weekend - and yes, it’s not too early to start planning for it - we have a new matcha recipe for you.

Presenting the irresistible Chocolate Chip Matcha Green Tea Muffins from the uber talented Zahidah Mah aka @zahidahmah

Homemade fluffy soft Chocolate Chip Muffins with the earthy twist of Matcha Green Tea is your new favorite breakfast choice

Zahidah is from Malaysia and loves cooking delicious authentic dishes, from all over Southeast Asia, for her family and friends.

Zahidah is also a matcha fan so she often integrates matcha in lots of her delicious baking. Visit her and all her yummy dishes here!


This Chocolate Chip Matcha Tea Muffins recipe is quick and simple, yet the results are delicious. The green muffins have a soft and moist texture with the earthy and mild sweetness of matcha green tea, possibly making them the best muffins you’ve ever had.

The vibrant green colour of the muffins perfectly pairs with the dark chocolate, turning the muffins into a  pretty batch of treats!

Green Matcha Chocolate Chip Muffins


Dry ingredients
  • 1¾ cup Plain Flour
  • ½ cups castor sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ tbsp Matcha Powder
Wet ingredients 
  • 1 cup fresh milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • Favourite chocolate chips


  1. Mix well together the DRY ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix the WET ingredients together well in a separate bowl.
  3. Combine both dry and wet ingredients until incorporated.
  4. Fold in ¾ chocolate chips into the mixture.
  5. Pour the batter into the greased muffin tray or lined with baking paper.
  6. Distribute the leftover chocolate chips on top of the batter.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 200'c for 18-20 mins.
  8. Allow to cool before serving. ENJOY!

These bakery-style Chocolate chip matcha muffins are fluffy and soft inside with the lightly crispy top making the best breakfast choice to start a day.

Voila! Bake a batch of these beautiful green treats and share them with your loved ones!


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