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Kenko Chat: Ming- Bento Monsters & Matcha Macarons

Matcha Green Tea Macarons, filled with red bean buttercream filling. Soft, tasty, and adorable dessert treats

Today Kenko Tea is bringing you a very special guest with us to share a fabulous new recipe.

Ming is a food blogger from Singapore who loves designing and creating cute food recipes and you can find her on Instagram @bentomonstersShe enjoys making cute bento boxes (Japanese home-packed meals) for her two boys and started her own blog, Bento Monsters, which is the platform to journal down her creations.

Star War themed Bento Rice Box by @bentomonsters

Her first recipes were inspired by others and over the years, she has developed her own recipes as her hobby in the free time. Check out her blog and all the spectacular recipes at:

Many of her creations use matcha  - so today Ming is going to share one of her fabulous matcha dessert recipes: Keroppi Matcha Macarons

Keroppi themed Matcha Macarons with red bean paste buttercream filling

These Matcha Macarons are filled with red bean buttercream and decorated with Keroppi’s face, an adorable popular Japanese cartoon frog character from 1988. These macarons are cute, fun and delicious for kids and anyone who is a fan of cute food.

But before we get baking, let’s hear from Ming.


1. Hello Ming! What sparked your interest to get into food blogging and recipe development?

I started blogging to journal down the bentos I made for my boys. And I started receiving requests to share tutorials and recipes, and I get positive response from them, that’s why I continue to share them.

2. Any particular place you get inspiration for your recipes?

No particular place. It can be from cooking book, food blogs, cooking groups on Facebook, friends and families. It can also be something I tried and like and I try to replicate it.

3. Do you have a favourite matcha recipe?

I don’t have just one favourite matcha recipe. I love almost all things with matcha from tea, latte, chocolates, cakes, ice-cream, etc.

4. Have you noticed  about the massive growth of matcha over the last year? What is your thought about it?

Yes, it’s definitely more popular around the world now, though it has always been popular in Japan. It’s probably due to globalisation and the spread of Japanese culture worldwide. It’s a good thing, as more people can know about Matcha and enjoy it.


Thank you, Ming. As promised, Ming is sharing with us her delicious and lovely Keroppi Matcha Macarons recipe. For more pro tips and side notes, remember to check out her blog!

Keroppi’s Matcha Macarons

Keroppi Matcha Green Tea Macarons Recipe with red bean buttercream filling and icing decoration


Macaron shell

  • 74g ground almond
  • 6g matcha powder
  • 160g icing sugar
  • 60g egg white, separated (24 hours in advance)


  • 60g egg white
  • 110g butter, room temperature
  • 110g fine castor sugar
  • 200g red bean paste


  • 60g egg whites
  • 330g icing sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Pink food colouring


Macaron shell

  1. Sieve 80 g icing sugar, ground almond & matcha together TWICE, set aside
  2. Beat egg white on low/med speed until foamy
  3. Sieve the remaining icing sugar into the egg white in 3 batches & Beat at high speed till soft peak formed
  4. Add Step 1's mixture into the egg white in 2 batches & Fold well to combine.
  5. Scoop batter into piping bag with nozzle tip #1A attached
  6. Pipe small circles on a non-stick baking pan (Use toothpicks to prick air bubbles)
  7. Dry macarons shells for 30 mins at room temperature.
  8. Preheat oven to 150 C & Bake at middle rack for around 12-15 mins
  9. Once the feet appears (about 5 mins), place an oven rack above the tray of macarons to prevent the top of the macarons from browning
  10. Continue baking till 12-15 minutes is up
  11. When baking is complete, allow them to cool before removing from pan

Buttercream filling

  1. Whisk egg whites + sugar in a mixing bowl over a gentle simmering hot water bath, till all the sugar melted, then remove from heat
  2. Place on mixer & Whisk on high till stiff peaks are formed
  3. Turn down the speed, Mix in butter gradually and well
  4. Mix in red bean paste & Fill in piping bag
  5. Refrigerate for 15 minutes, then Pipe onto your macarons. (If you're not decorating them as Keroppi, you can sprinkle matcha powder before serving)


  1. Beat egg white with lemon juice till combined
  2. Sift icing sugar into the egg white & Whisk on low speed till combined
  3. Scoop out 1/3 of icing, mix in a little pink colouring with a toothpick.
  4. Pour the icing into piping bags
  5. Pipe 2 circles with white icing for Keroppi's eyes.
  6. Pipe 2 circles with pink icing for the cheeks.
  7. When the icing dries, use a black food marker to draw Keroppi's eyes and mouth.
Matcha Green Tea Macarons, creamy, delicious buttermilk filling

    Thank you very much again, Ming! It’s really nice of you to share your time and this lovely recipe with us. We hope to see more of your gorgeous and yummy matcha desserts!


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