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Premium Matcha Sweets at Mister Donut Japan

Premium Matcha Sweets at Mister Donut Japan

Mister Donut Japan has teamed up with Uji tea shop Gion Tsujiri in Kyoto to release a tasty range of new matcha donuts and drinks as part of their Misdo Meets series. The limited edition 9 premium matcha products are available for you to enjoy from April 6th until the end of May in Japan.

The Uji district of Kyoto has long been famous for its premium quality matcha which is known for its deep flavor and sharp fragrance.

The theme of this new matcha series is “deep matcha” and the products certainly live up to that with the perfect combination of deep matcha flavor with the sweet donuts. The donuts are made using flavor combinations typically found in traditional Japanese sweets, such as kinako (soy bean powder), azuki (sweet red beans), mochi (rice flour dumpling), and warabimochi (starch dumpling).

Here is a look and short description of the 9 products available right now at Mister Donut in Japan.

Pon de Ring Double Uji Matcha (¥151)

The popular ‘Pon de Ring’ donut is Mister Donut’s signature donut and is made with rice flour giving it a very chewy texture. This special matcha edition is made and coated with Gion Tsujiri’s rich Uji matcha giving it a double matcha hit.

Pon de Ring Uji Matcha Kinako (¥151)

This ‘Pon de Ring’ donut is also made from Gion Tsujiri’s rich Uji matcha and is coated with kinako (soy flour chocolate) giving it a real traditional flavour.

Pon de Ring Uji Matcha Kinako

Uji Matcha Whipped Cream (¥151)

One of Mister Donut’s fluffy donuts is filled with Uji matcha whipped cream and coated with Uji matcha chocolate. If that is not enough, it is even dusted with some kinako …continue reading


Recipe: Gluten-Free Brown Rice Banana Bread

The magic ingredient in this scrumptious (and nutritious!) banana bread is the incredible Japanese brown rice flour. I absolutely adore baking with brown rice flour and was first introduced to it in a Japanese inaka Japanese supermarket. Not only is it entirely gluten-free, but also high in protein, fiber, magnesium, B vitamins and my favorite: manganese – an important mineral that helps our bodies digest fat! Given all those reasons, back in my days in Japan, this recipe was my go-to cake-craving alternative — and I justified eating it throughout the day.

Here is how to make it, if you — like me — are in a constant search of #guiltfreebaking ideas!


[A]: Wet ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup oil (I used rice bran oil)
  • ¼ cup natural yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tbsp runny honey

[B]: Dry ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups brown rice or rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried fruit (I used dates)
  • A handful of pumpkin seeds for topping (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Mix [A] wet ingredients in a medium bowl
  3. Mix [B] dry ingredients in a large bowl
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir until just combined
  5. Pour mixture into a greased loaf tin
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until an inserted fork comes out clean
  7. Cool on a drying rack
  8. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container

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Dining Diary - Rose Bakery: Ginza


Located on the top floor of Comme des Garcons’ Dover Street Market complex, this British-style Paris-based bakery-cafe serves up good cakes and tarts and a lot of different teas. If you want to splash out on a mid-afternoon feast, the opulent Y2800 High Tea includes several pastries, scones, open-faced sandwiches and some quiche, plus a pot of tea or coffee.

The extensive tea portion of the menu has sections for black, Chinese, Japanese, rooibos and herb teas, all served by the pot. Breakfast dishes like Eggs Benedict and scrambled eggs are available all day, and there are numerous vegetable-friendly items like steamed vegetable salads, vegetable tarts and tofu platters.

The dining space is rather minimalist-cafeteria in style, and it’s rarely so crowded that you have to wait for seats. Open from 9am on weekends. …continue reading


Goya: Okinawa’s Superfood That Helps Lower Blood Sugar And More

Okinawa has become famous worldwide as one of the areas with the most centenarians, and much attention is focused on the Okinawan diet. When the prefecture spends a day in May honoring a vegetable, it clearly suggests that this is one staple to which the locals attribute much of their wellbeing.

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What It Is

Goya, also known as “bitter melon” or “bitter gourd” in English, is the green, bumpy, cucumber-shaped vegetable you will find in abundance in the fresh produce section of any Japanese supermarket. As the English name suggests, it has a very distinct and often acquired taste that can be either loved or loathed. Regardless of the taste preferences, there is no denying the amazing health benefits of this Okinawan classic.

Health Benefits

In addition to being rich in a number of vitamins and minerals, goya has also long been used as a medecine for a range of health conditions, including type 2 diabetes. Goya possesses a phytonutrient, polypeptide-P, which has the ability to lower blood sugar levels in the body. In addition, there is a unique substance found in goya, called charantin, which increases the metabolism of glucose in the body.

Goya stimulates digestion, can regulate bowel movements, aid in weight loss, and has been used in treatments to kill cancer cells.

Ayurveda (traditional Hindu medicine) and traditional Chinese medicine have long used bitter melon for its blood purifying and detoxifying qualities. The bitter element of goya has a cooling and cleansing effect on the body, which is especially good for the liver, gallbladder, treating kidney stones, and reducing water retention. The blood purifying properties believed to be present in goya can have a positive effect on the skin and reduce conditions such as acne, …continue reading