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7 places Matcha enthusiast should try

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7 Places For Matcha Lovers To Drop By

Matcha can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty in China thousands of years ago, despite it being strongly engrained in Japanese culture.

Matcha can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty in China thousands of years ago, despite it being strongly engrained in Japanese culture.

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Green tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world due to its health benefits, including weight loss and enhanced heart health. Matcha, a form of green tea, is touted as healthier than other varieties. Many people confuse matcha with green tea, but the two have different flavour profiles, cultivation and preparation methods, including health advantages.

Matcha lovers should look out for the following joints in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur to satisfy their dessert and drink cravings.

“Be The Uncommon One Among All The Ordinaries”. Photo: Instagram nikonekomatcha

1. NIKO NEKO MATCHA

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Niko Neko’s aesthetically beautiful concept stores located in Bangsar and Chinatown are probably all over your Instagram feed but its increasing popularity does not only lie in its clean, white interiors but also in the quality of the brand’s matcha. Niko Neko Matcha also serves matcha mocktails and confections like croissants, burned cheesecakes, roulades and choux pastries, including iced and hot matcha lattes and teas.

Matcha is packed with more antioxidants than any other superfood. Photo: Instagram letsgohejau

2. HEJAU

Hejau is a matcha-loving kid on the block at the ever-hipster Gasket Alley, which is one of the newer establishments on this list. Matcha Lemonade, Matcha Kedondong and the refreshing Matcha Wintermelon are among the drinks on the menu, alongside matcha buns, butter cakes and Japanese cheesecake. Don’t forget to match the soft and fluffy matcha polo buns with your beverage of choice. Hejau branches can be found at The Gasket Alley and Arcoris, Mont Kiara.

1st and only matcha cafe in Malaysia that serves sugar-free matcha. Photo: Instagram ohchamtacha.kl

3. OH CHA MATCHA

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Located at 130, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Oh Cha Matcha is a crowd-favourite option among matcha lovers in Malaysia, boasting that it is the country’s first and only matcha cafe to serve sugar-free, dairy-free, and guilt-free matcha. Besides traditional matcha latte, there are other of healthy yet delicious drinks for diners to explore. In conjunction with its second anniversary, Oh Cha Matcha releases a limited Sakura Box for the celebration. For a more decadent treat, order the matcha burnt cheesecake with soft serve or matcha pasta if you were feeling brave!

Thiswonderfuly soft souffle cake has the right amount of sweetness, perfect as your afernoon tea or dessert. Photo: Instagram princevalley_malaysia

4. PRINCE VALLEY MALAYSIA

Souffle pancakes are a must-have on any dessert menu. This rich and creamy soft pancake dessert is so light that it feels like eating clouds. Prince Valley Malaysia is a dessert shop in Damansara Uptown serving scrumptious souffle pancakes, including one with matcha flavour. Matcha Cha Souffle from Prince Valley Malaysia is a fully green tea pleasure with generous amount of sweet matcha cream and red bean and marshmallows on the side. This sweet treat is topped off by a set of edible eyes and a small red ribbon, making it almost too cute to eat. When paired with a cup of Green Tea Latte, it’s a matcha made in heaven.

Kakiyuki’s fuwa-fuwa soft fluffy shaved ice is likened to newly fallen snow. Photo: Instagram kakiyuki.ice

5. KAKIYUKI

Kakiyuki is well renowned for its kakigori, a Japanese shaved ice dessert. However, Kakiyuki also serves wagashi, roll cake, daifuku, dessert bento, and more. Matcha Mooncake is perfect for birthdays and festivities, while the classic Japanese roll cake are just two of the delicacies that include matcha. If you were only looking for matcha, the Classic Matcha Dessert Bento is another option. Kakiyuki is located in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Doused with a generous amount of matcha powder on top, many say it is one of the best matcha latte kakigori in town. Photo: Instagram aftermealdessertcafe

6. AFTERMEAL DESSERTS

Another delightful dessert venue is Aftermeal Desserts, which dishes out both hot and cold desserts. Its shaved ice or kakigori has a texture similar to the Korean bingsu, which is soft and light, making it an ideal dessert after any meal. Each kakigori comes with a tiny bowl of sweet potato balls, taro balls and pearls steeped in a light brown sugar syrup on the side. Remember to order one of Aftermeal Desserts’ bestsellers: Royal Matcha Latte Kakigori, which is made from fresh milk kakigori with matcha ice cream, red bean, matcha powder, marshmallows and high-quality matcha cream for pouring over.

This tart consists of pantry staple ingredients, a good amount of matcha and bits of white chocolate. Photo: Instagram littlepoeple

7. LITTLEPEOPLE

Littlepeople specialises in freshly prepared pasta, including rice bowls, pastries, coffee, tea, desserts and matcha, of course. Although the Charcoal Matcha Roll and Matcha White Chocolate Tart are popular, there are other non-matcha alternatives to consider if you were ordering for family, friends and housemates who aren’t green tea fans. You can find Littlepeople’s cute cafe at Avantas Residences on Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur.

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