Leanne Wei

Brunch & matcha pancakes at MA Matcha

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Last weekend was the last week my friends and I got to have brunch with our dear friend EJ (@hangryasians) all together as a group before she flew off to California for her exciting new adventure in LA. We gathered together at Liang & Roberto's gorgeous apartment and had a special morning filled with my favourite things: food, flowers, tea and conversations. 

Liang made us each a four-layer matcha pancake drenched in decadent matcha coconut cream, topped off with fresh strawberries and fluffy whipped cream. Roberto made us strawberry, blueberry and banana smoothies. We also had peonies and a polaroid camera.  What more could a girl want on a Sunday morning?

It was a chilly-ish days, but we couldn't stay away from the patio with all of Liang's new plants growing so we decided to sit outside and catch all the rays of sunshine we could get. It felt like an exclusive dining experience on our very own private terrace that we joked that perhaps Liang should host private brunch events for MA Matcha - which was funny because we actually all got so many DMs from people asking where this "brunch place" was from people who had watched our Instagram stories. But on a serious note, if you're curious for a tasting experience involving Liang's matcha waffles and pancakes - just shoot her a message and let her know. I'm sure she can hook you up! :) 


Matcha mochi waffles

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Almost two years ago I stumbled across a Ma Matcha tasting event on Facebook and met Liang and Roberto for the first time across the table at The Alchemist Kitchen while Liang made the most creative matcha drinks I had tasted to date. We have shared countless cups of tea and Sunday night pasta (thanks to Roberto) since then, and now we’re adding breakfast on the list. 

We made mini matcha mochi waffles for breakfast in Liang and Roberto's new beautiful apartment on the most perfect Sunday morning. In fact, it was the only day that felt like a true spring day in New York City since I returned from Shanghai last week.  As for the waffles? They were absolutely divine. Think matcha mochi in a waffle with the perfect combination between chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Top it off with some honey, fresh fruit and green tea spread, and you've got perfection. 

As some of you might know, I've been stuck in weird funk lately. Nothing feels worse for a creative person than being stuck in an artist's block. Even though I've been feeling creatively stuck and uninspired for the last few months in Shanghai, I have to say it honestly feels so wonderful to be back in NYC and to be surrounded by people who energize me so deeply. I would have never thought my love for matcha would have lead me to meeting two of my favourite people in my favourite city in the world when I booked that matcha tasting two years ago... To Liang and Roberto - words can’t express how much love I have for the both of you. I’m truly beyond grateful for the kindness, friendship and support you have shown me this week. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Here's to many more matcha waffle breakfast dates to come! 


matcha mochi waffles honey and velvet

(recipe adapted from eatmunchlove.com)

INGREDIENTS (makes 9 mini waffles)

1¾ cup sweet rice flour
1 cup milk of choice
⅓ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil
1 tablespoon matcha powder
1½ teaspoon baking powder



  1. Whisk the sweet rice flour, milk, sugar, vanilla, butter or coconut oil, matcha and baking powder together in a large bowl until combined. We played around with the consistency and decided to add less milk in the beginning for a denser and stickier texture. 

  2. Prepare your waffle iron. PS: Liang had the most adorable mini waffle maker from Dash (that cost less than $10!!)

  3. Place ¼ of the batter into each waffle compartment and cook for 3 - 5 minutes (depending on your iron temperature) until golden brown.

  4. Top with fresh fruit, honey and/or green tea spread. 

  5. Serve with tea and flowers. Enjoy! :) 

Strawberry and pitaya smoothie bowl

Start your summer morning off right with this creamy strawberry and pitaya smoothie bowl topped with my favorite delicious dark chocolate almonds from barkTHINS, fresh strawberries, pink pitaya, coconut and pomegranate! Who says you can't have chocolate for breakfast? :)

Creamy strawberry & pitaya smoothie bowl with chocolate almonds


-pink pitaya
-frozen bananas
-coconut milk


-plain yogurt
-raw honey
-barkTHINS dark chocolate almond
-pomegranate seeds
-pink pitaya
-coconut shavings


1. In a blender, combine strawberries, pink pitaya, frozen bananas and a dash of coconut milk.
2. In a separate bowl, mix one scoop of plain yogurt with a dash of honey and a handful of crushed barkTHINS dark chocolate almond.
3. Transfer smoothie into a serving bowl and top with a scoop of barkTHINS chocolate almond honey yogurt mix, pink pitaya slices, strawberries, coconut shavings and more pieces of barkTHINS. Serve immediately and enjoy!