We Hongkongers love a good sweet treat, whether a classic local dessert or one of the latest Instragrammable delicacies. Matcha desserts in particular, with their heavenly mix of bitter green tea and sugary sweetness, are especially popular. Got a matcha craving? Read on to discover the best places in town to satisfy your needs.
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Photo: Lady M’s matcha mille-crêpe cake
Hong Kong’s best matcha desserts
Aside from its widely lauded chocolates, Coco also bakes an impressive repertoire of visually resplendent cakes. Chief among these is the Zen Garden ($360/800g; requires two days advanced booking), which features a black sesame sponge base layered with Uji matcha mousse, vanilla cremeux, adzuki bean compote, black sesame crisp and green velvet chocolate.
We love the creamy, multilayered matcha parfait ($88) that’s served here. Aside from this frozen treat, Kyoto Matcha An also offers a wide range of other sweets, all made with ingredients sourced from renowned green tea producer Marukyu-Koyamaen in Uji, Kyoto. Take the matcha roll cake ($68), for example, which features a feather-light sponge filled with molten matcha cream.
Everyone knows about Lady M’s mille-crêpe cakes, with the green tea version ($480/six-inches) being one of the brand’s biggest sellers. The popular pâtisserie also has a green tea checkers cake ($680/nine-inches), with cubes of matcha and chocolate sponge cake arranged to form a grid-like pattern. As the icing on the cake, this intricate gateau is coated in a matcha-infused white chocolate ganache.
This beloved matcha brand has been around since 1854 but only opened its first overseas store in Hong Kong three years ago. It’s since opened two more locations here. The newest, in Admiralty, sells refreshing jellies made with premium teas and various toppings. Don’t miss the gyokuro jelly with adzuki purée and mochi ($50).
Headquartered in Osaka’s Shinsaibashi district, Uji-En opened its first flagship store in Hong Kong at the end of last year. The location includes a sit-down tea shop, as well as a takeout counter and gift store. One of the biggest sellers is the cream roll cookie ($98) – a crisp pastry with a smooth filling of stone-ground tea leaves and cream. This delicate treat is best enjoyed with the brand’s fantastic green tea ice cream.