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! :) 


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MA Matcha Tasting

If you watched my Instagram stories this past weekend,  you've probably noticed that it involved a lot of matcha.  

After missing MA Matcha's Pop Up #10 in July (if you live in NYC, you've probably seen it all over Facebook), I was lucky enough to snatch up a very last minute ticket to MA Matcha's Four Course Matcha & Food Pairing on Sunday! I made my way downtown to the beautiful space at The Alchemist's Kitchen in the East Village where we sat down for an intimate matcha and food tasting with MA Matcha founder, Liang Shi, where we watched her freshly hand craft each one of her creative signature matcha drinks, paired with tasty vegan bites by Chef Tilo Folo of The Alchemist's Kitchen. 


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Lychee Matcha
organic matcha, lychee syrup, lychees and our house-made organic cane sugar syrup.
paired with triangulo amargo - raw cacao, black sesame and goji berries.


Coconut Cream Matcha
pure coconut cream, matcha and our house-made organic can sugar syrup. topped with freshly made coconut matcha whipped cream.
paired with amaranth carob sphere.


Mint Matcha Fizz
organic matcha, seltzer, fresh mint and our house-made organic cane sugar syrup.
paired with avocado toast on corn bread, sweet and savory flavour with a pinch of spice.
 

Ceremonial Matcha
premium ceremonial grade matcha prepared traditionally and frothed with a whisk.
pair with raw-cher made with ground hazelnuts, cacao, coconut oil and maple syrup.


Bonus Treat
lychee served with matcha coconut cream.


It was a wonderful experience sitting across the bar with the open kitchen.  Liang and Chef Tilo talked us through each of the course pairings and I made some new friends who were just as enthusiastic about matcha as I am!  Overall, I personally had an amazing experience.  The quality of the matcha is excellent, and the food pairings were very complimentary and well balanced.  If I had to choose one drink to be my absolute favourite, it would definitely be the Coconut Cream Matcha (version 4.2)!  The coconut whipped cream is highly addictive - I could literally eat that straight out of the cannister.  Oh, and I have to mention that the avocado toast on corn bread is to die for.  I'd definitely make my way back to The Alchemist's Kitchen to get my hands on that!