I Gotcha, Matcha ! – a place to buy matcha in Beijing plus a great recipe

by Arina on November 8, 2010

in Tea Recipes

Matcha

What is the easiest way to do a successful green-tea-inspired dessert? The first thing that comes to my mind is matcha (抹茶 mǒchá), or green tea powder (绿茶粉 lǜcháfěn). I always feel a bit like a magician (the Wonderful Wizzard of Oz in the Emerald city?) using a dash of this  – oh, so fantastically smelling! – powder to add a surprising flavorful and colorful twist to a classical recipe. But I have to admit, sometimes green-colored baked goodies look too crazy to my otherwise omnivorous kids. Which makes me use matcha only sparingly.

My stock of matcha has not been replenished for quite a while. But when I recently discovered a small baking supplies shop in CBD (more details about it at the end of the post), I was happy to grab a couple of bags to revisit some classical recipes and try new ones.

Among my absolute personal favorites are Green Tea Sweets by Kelli, an award-winning classic that has made a tour du monde of the food blogosphere. Ama(i)zingly simple, and ama(i)zingly good, they give hope to even the most desperate bakers like me. I follow the recipe à la lettre, but like adding a local Beijing finishing touch by coating their sides with a mix of black and white sesame seeds.

Green tea sweets with double sesame coating

Here is the recipe from Kelli’s website, with just some minor changes of mine:

Green Tea Sweets

Ingredients

3/4 cup (2.25 oz) Confectioners sugar
5 oz Unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 3/4 cup (8.5 oz) All-purpose flour
3 Large egg yolks
1.5 TBS Matcha (powdered green tea)
1 cup Granulated sugar, 2 TBS black sesame seeds, 2 TBS white sesame seeds (for coating)

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Whisk the confectioner’s sugar and green tea together in a bowl.
  • Add the butter and green tea/sugar mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix until smooth and light in color.
  • Add the flour and mix until well combined.
  • Add the egg yolks and mix just until the eggs are fully incorporated and a mass forms.
  • Form the dough into a disk and chill in the refrigerator until firm (about 30 minutes).
  • Roll the dough out to ½” thickness.
  • Cut the dough with a leaf cookie cutter.
  • Mix granulated sugar and sesame seeds in a bowl. Roll each cut cookie in the bowl co coat the sides.
  • Place the sugar and sesame-coated cookie on a parchment lined pan. Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes, or until slightly golden around the edges.

Matcha cookies with black and white sesame mix

Now the info useful to fellow Beijingers about the Jia You Zhu Bi (家有猪鼻) baking supplies shop where you can find matcha and lots of other baking staff. It’s hidden in the residential area at the south-west corner of the crossing of Chaoyang Beilu and Yintai Lu. They have a very decent stock of baking ustensils, as well as a plethora of ingredients. I have to say, their butter looked a bit suspicious for me, and they did not have almond flour I searched to make macarons, only almond powder, a totally different thing. Matcha (绿茶粉 lǜcháfěn) is sold there for 10 RMB per 50g. They also sell matcha pudding powder (抹茶布丁粉) and green-tea flavored mousse powder (绿茶味慕斯粉), those two are pale green and not as bright green as matcha, they are cheaper (10 RMB for 100 g) and do not have a strong distinctive matcha perfume. The shop does not accept cards, cash only.

Helpful hints to find JiaYouZhuBi bakery shop

Some directions: The south-west corner of the crossing between Chaoyang Beilu and Jin Tai Lu is the one with the Jia he yi pin congee restaurant (top left pic.),  go along the building to the west, and you will see a gate (top right pic). Walk into the gate and turn left when you see a path leading to a red brick wall (bottom left pic.). Walk to the end of the path and you will see a door on your left hand, get in and you’ll see the shop.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

sarah December 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Hey, this is great to know as I also live in Beijing and am always looking for a good place to buy supplies like cupcake liners and all sorts of other things that would be fun to have that wouldn’t fit in my suitcases coming back after the summer. The directions are intimidating but I’ll have to try to find it.

waqar azam July 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Hi I am currently In Beijing and really want to buy some matcha tea for multi-use for drinking mainly I have no idea where to look :( Ive looked in some supermarkets and also asked some chinese people but they have no idea :( Im leaving in two weeks and need to get some before I go.. HElP!!

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