Friday, May 19, 2017

The Tea Spot: Hits the sweet spot!

Though it’s not summer yet, my hometown has experienced the odd day with high temperatures normally expected in July or August. What better way to beat this sudden heat than with a treat in the form of an ice-cream? I decided to swing by one of the many Japanese dessert shops that have popped up in the city these past few years. These shops specialize in tea, specifically Matcha, in their products, whether it’s cheesecake, tarts, cookies, and of course, ice-cream.

The shop I decided to visit in order to partake in their ice-cream offerings is called Tsujiri, which was established in 1860 in Japan. The have shops all over the world, and Toronto is lucky to have the first of its kind in Canada. Woo-hoo!

I knew what I already wanted after checking out Tsujiri’s website, so, when I stepped into the shop, I quickly ordered myself a Houjicha Soft Ice-cream. I figured there were plenty of Matcha options that I could always have another time here or at some other similar shop.

Houjicha is a Japanese green tea, usually made from Bancha leaves that have been roasted in a pot over charcoal. The green tea leaves turn into a reddish-brown colour as a result of being fired at high temperatures. The amber liquor from Houjicha has a toasty and nutty aroma and flavour. These unique characteristics can be found in the ice-cream too. 


I opted for a cone rather than a tub for my treat. The soft ice-cream had a lovely caramel colour and the taste was a pleasant surprise. It wasn’t overly sweet, which I find sometimes masks the true taste of a flavour. It had a roasted taste with just a touch of astringency at the end of each yummy lick. It was like having a Houjicha tea but as an ice-cream. I really like it. It’s definitely not your typical chocolate and vanilla ice-cream.

As I said, there are many other items on the Tsujiri menu that had me drooling. Clearly, I will need to tackle the menu and work my way through it. Hey, it gets pretty hot in city! Besides, I’m always on the lookout for new content. This is investigative journalism at its best!

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