Imagine what a dream it would be to walk through the foodie spots of Tokyo, Osaka and other Japanese cities just to try some of the world-famous street foods. Yes, we do love the savory dishes, but the sweet picks deserve the spotlight too! Think red bean taiyaki, candied fruits, dango, fresh mochi, kakigori... Craving yet? Enter matcha red bean milk tea!
What does matcha red bean milk tea taste like?
Combining high quality matcha powder from Japan, ice cubes, red bean paste, and milk creates a harmonious fusion of tastes.
The matcha provides a distinct and refreshing green tea flavor, while the red bean paste adds a unique sweetness and textural contrast. The milk added to matcha red bean milk tea also helps create a creamy and comforting base, tying all the flavors together for a truly refreshing and addictive beverage.
Wondering if matcha red bean is sweet? The resulting taste is often not overwhelmingly sweet, and instead creates a balanced blend of earthy, nutty, sweet, and creamy notes, making matcha red bean milk tea a surely satisfying beverage any time of year.
Making a matcha green tea red bean milk tea at home
Lucky for you, you can make these from the comforts of your home while you wait for that foodie adventure to come. And the best part? You can customize it as you wish, and put all your favorite flavors in one creation! This is why we know you're going to love this drink recipe by @honey_homecafe inspired by the str-eats of Japan. *wink* They concocted the ultimate Japanese dessert drink featuring red bean and dango with none other than the best base drink, matcha!
Here's how to make this matcha red bean milk tea recipe:
The first and most important step, sift the matcha powder in a bowl to remove any unwanted clumps from your drink. Add some hot water (not boiling water!), and whisk until powder and water are fully incorporated.
Get a wide glass, and evenly spread the sweet red bean paste on the bottom part of the glass.
Add ice cubes and your choice of milk. You can add in your simple syrup if you prefer it to be sweet. Syrup is better to easily distribute the sweetness throughout the drink.
Pour the matcha, and top with dango.
Admire your beautiful creation, and enjoy all together!
Ingredients you will need for your matcha red bean milk tea latte
- 2 tsp matcha powder
- 1/8 cup water
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2-3 tbsp sweet red bean paste
- simple syrup (optional)
- ice cubes
- 1 stick of dango
Directions to make a matcha red bean drink at home
- Sift the matcha powder in a bowl to remove the clumps. Add the water, and whisk until powder and water are fully incorporated.
- Spread the sweet red bean paste evenly on the bottom of a wide glass.
- Add ice cubes and milk. Add in your simple syrup, if preferred sweeter.
- Pour the matcha, and top with dango.
- Admire your beautiful creation, and enjoy all together!
The bottom line | Taste Japan in the comfort of your home by making this matcha red bean latte!
If you can't go to Japan and enjoy the street food just yet, bring its flavors into your home with a homemade and healthy matcha red bean milk tea. Make this with your family and friends, it'll be a great drink to concoct together!
Matcha and red bean is a pretty common pair when it comes to Japanese dessert whether it be for ice cream parfaits, cake rolls, mochi, buns, etc. The strong umami notes in matcha complement the sweetness offered by the red bean paste, resulting in such complex, tasty flavors. The dango adds texture and fun in the drink!