Matcha Coconut Chocolate Macaroons

A little while ago I received a wonderful package. It was sent to me by the very talented Amatō, who is the author of the site Wagashi Maniac (most of the content is in German, some posts are in English, too). Amatō’s site is about Japanese food. No, that sounds like an understatement. It is like an encyclopedia on Japanese food. Amatō puts a lot of work and time into that page. You will not only find recipes accompanied by beautiful pictures, but also explanations on common and not so common ingredients, their use, and where to buy them. I have to admit that I had heard about most of the ingredients before but  never used any of them.  With the help of her emails and her site I was able to figure out their use.

Amatō sent me three kinds of rice flour: Mochi-ko, Shiratama-ko, and Genmai-Mochiko. According to what she writes on her site, Mochi-ko and Shiratama-ko both can be used for Mochi, although Shiratama-ko seems to be easier to use. Genmai-Mochiko is Mochi-ko flour made from brown rice. Ignorant as I am I would have thought that rice flour is rice flour. Now I know that definitely isn’t the case. There are many different flours not only made from different kinds of rice but also with the help of very different and elaborate processing methods.

These are my first seaweed samples! Except for nori in sushi, I have never tasted wakame, hijiki, or kombu. Kombu is an essential ingredient for dashi broth and wakame is great in miso soup. Again, I am going to check out Amatō’s site to see what I can do with it.

I also got some cherry blossom (sakura) liqueur and powder. I already found a great recipe for the sakura liqueur: sakura parfait. It’s perfect now that it’s getting warmer and it is probably not very difficult to veganize. Something that also catched my eye are these crêpes. And of course mochi!

Here is a picture of shiso and kuzu-yu. Shiso (Perilla) is an edible herb. I got the red kind, which, according to Amatō, is used for tsukemono (Japanese pickes). Kuzu-ko (kudzu) is a starch that can be used as a binding and gelling agent, for example to make pudding (another recipe I am definitely going to try out). Kuzu-yu, she told me,  is some kind of ginger flavoured tea, with a rather thick consistency.

Look at these wonderful green tea samples! I used to be a huge tea drinker and would spent a lot of money on good quality tea. Then I got stuck with coffee. These tea samples will probably make me rediscover my old habits. I got a sample of gykouro, genmaicha, sencha, and two differnt kinds of kabusecha. I cannot wait to try them!

Speaking of green tea, I also got these matcha samples. I have seen this pop up as an ingredient in many recipes and I have always been very curious to try it. I was sure I would like it as I am a huge fan of this green tea chocolate, which is flavoured with matcha. The matcha powder was the first ingredient that I wanted to try and Amatō suggested to make some macaroons with the powder. And that’s what I did!

For these macaroons, I used my basic macaroon recipe. The only change I made was to add 1 tablespoon of matcha powder. I also dipped some of the macaroons in chocolate (for the whole batch use 100g or 3.5 oz of bittersweet chocolate). The chocolate masks the matcha flavour, so it is best to just dip the macaroon bottoms into the chocolate.

18 thoughts on “Matcha Coconut Chocolate Macaroons

  1. You are so lucky to have received all of these wonderful products!
    I’ll have to check out that site for Japenese cuisine and foods. I never knew about all of those rice flours either. Great info.!
    When cooking dried beans a strip of Kombu to them and this helps reduce the gases in the beans. Hijiki is good on salads.
    I love the color of those macaroons!

  2. Wow! What a fantastic package! I didn’t know about many of these either, such as the various rice flours, although it makes a lot of sense. The macaroons sound delicious, definitely looking forward to what else you come up with!

  3. Ohhh… I don’t know what to say(blushing). :-)
    Thank you for your nice words! and for sending me some ingredients too!(Mihl totally “forgot” to tell her readers that she already sended me some goodies too ;-))
    I hope, you liked the matcha taste?
    How about dipping these in matcha chocolate? You could melt a little rice milk chocolate(“sweet william” brand is rather nice and vegan) and mix it with a little green tea, 1 teaspoon.
    I’m working on a vegan matcha chocolate recipe, but my first attempt wasn’t very good: Vegan Matcha Choco
    Vegan Matcha Tiramisu would be great!

  4. What a lovely package of goodies! I haven’t tried matcha (drinking or otherwise), but would like to. When I find the right price I will be buying some. I will keep this recipe in mind for when I do.

  5. I’m a total matcha addict! These look fabulous, Mihl. And wow, what a great package you received–so many amazing ingredients! Can’t wait t see what you cook up with the rice flours. :)

  6. What an amazing package of Japanese goodies! And those macaroons look divine–matcha is so wonderful in baked goods.

  7. So many interesting foods! I haven’t tried or heard of many of them, either. I hope you share with us how you use the cherry blossom powder! (I did not know that existed!)

  8. That is one of my favorite parts of being vegan… food exploration! Your new ingredients look exotic and fun – and I’ve never had the chance to try matcha. But your macaroons looked lovely with the use of it!

  9. WOW, I can;t believe you will experience those seaweeds for the first time. Enjoy them! They go great on salads. I love Japanese food and I envy your Sakura liquer!!

  10. I never really got into matcha …but my boyfriend drinks it every morning. I love how you added chocolate dip to the macaroons. I will make these for him!! :)

  11. What a lovely list of new ingredients to play with. I’m looking forward to seeing what you create with all the rice flour. Matcha Macaroons would be a delightful picnic snack to take to the park during cherry blossom season (right now in Toronto).

  12. Sorry,didn’t read the whole last paragraph. and missed the bit about you using your basic vegan macaroon recipe. Sorry about that. Please ignore that last part of my previous comment.

  13. I LOVE matcha and I love macaroons,but I’m always so nervous about using my precious matcha in cooking. It’s so expensive,especially here,in Denmark,so I’ve been hesitant to use my precious powder for cooking. I do have a few other recipes for using matcha. Do you know of a site or anyplace where I can get cheap matcha? These cookies look so great and would love to try them! Do you think they could be OK with out the matcha? Or would I have to alter something?

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