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2 Handy Road
#01-08 The Cathay
Singapore 229233

Friday:
01:00pm - 10:30pm

Saturday:
01:00pm - 10:30pm

Sunday:
01:00pm - 10:30pm

Monday:
01:00pm - 10:30pm

Tuesday:
01:00pm - 10:30pm

Wednesday:
01:00pm - 10:30pm

Thursday:
01:00pm - 10:30pm

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Had always been not particularly into trying Matchaya's version of the Kakigori for its high price tag that they had since revised to make it less pricey, but I am glad that I actually finally managed to try it. Opted for the Houjicha which was indeed roasty and aromatic with a rather balanced tea aroma; I liked how the espuma does help to give a bit of depth with a creamier touch. What intrigued me the most however was the shaved ice that was made from Japanese spring water — its not just ice cold; it also seemed pretty refreshing and cooling at the same time while being really light in terms of texture. Inside hides a mound of Azuki that goes pretty well with the Kakigori itself; earthy and subtly sweet — adds a little bite to the icy treat. I wouldn't say I would go for this any day, but I guess I am good with it if a friend is in need of an ice-cold dessert and is willing to share the cost — the same way I feel about Bingsu.

☺️You can expect STRONG but not overly sweet flavours!
Sometimes, I don't like to read/ask about what's inside the kakigori so that I get a nice surprise 😁 In this case, I love the ingredients inside! 😍😋
Hope to have this again by end of the week before their menu changes again!

Double Kinako Kakigori ($15.90)
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@Matchayasg is serving up their latest seasonal kakigori pairing 2 of my favourite japanese dessert ingredients together, kuromitsu and kinako! Kinako cream sauce is generously applied atop the kakigori whilst the kinako powder is dusted onto the kakigori to dangerous levels risking inhalation😂! After digging for gold in the Kakigori, one would hit the jackpot kuromitsu ice cream (a collab with Tom’s Palette). Rich and creamy, the ice-cream paired really well with the icy dessert. Lavish kuromitsu sauce is also served on the side to further enchant Matchaya’s fans. I only wish there were less icy chunks in the kakigori as it may have marred my 2nd kakigori experience here. Only about 3 more days to go for anyone who wants to have a go at this!

One of my favourite things from Matchaya - their roll cakes! I was left feeling rather indifferent when I had their Matcha Roll Cake the last time, but the Houjicha ($5.00) flavour managed to elicit a smile.

For anybody who asks me what hōujicha tastes like, I always tell them that it's faintly reminiscent of matcha in terms of its earthy bitterness, but there are newfound nuttiness and caramel-like taste - all as a result of roasting the matcha leaves.

Its heaviness on the palette is toned down from that of matcha's, so that keeps it from being unappetisingly intense. Yet, I still think it has an acquired taste for some people like myself. I honestly wasn't fond of it when I first had it, but after a few tries, it has grown to be one of my favourite flavours besides the Hokkaido Milk.

Besides the flavour in general, I must point out that the roll cake is so moist that it disintegrated almost immediately upon ingestion. It is this factor that has me gravitating towards Matchaya's roll cakes every single time. 😋

This towering cup comes with a drizzle of Kuromitsu sauce and a Kinako espuma sprinkled with Kinako powder. For those who are fond of this roasted soy flour, this decadant ice blended beverage is unequivocally a godsent. Personally, this beverage was likable enough to convert me from a sceptic to a believer of a kinako-based beverage.

This was quite the balanced drink I would say. It is modestly sweet with a roasted accent redolent of muah chee's. It's a unique flavour of ice blended beverage that is oddly captivating despite being aggressively coarse on my esophagus. 😭 Still, it's one flavour you probably won't come by often, which made it quite worth the try! (7.7/10)

Matchaya’s Seasonal Double (x2) Kinako Kuromitsu Kakigori is my new love (so guud i tell you)! A mighty heap of Japanese shaved ice capped with a thick handmade Kinako cream sauce, Kinako powder, and if that wasn’t enough an extra dose from Tom’s Palette’s Kinako Kuromitsu ice cream layered in between. Be still my heart!

Made with rich roasted soy bean and Japanese brown sugar from Okinawa; the gelato flavour sees the result of a wonderful collaboration between the two dessert parlours. Just a roasty fragrant nutty goodness, the texture was also divine with bits of chewy brown sugar jelly embedded within the treat. Nicely balanced, the ice was not overly sweet and can certainly afford to drizzle more Kuromitsu syrup that is served along side.

Only available in their Cathay outlet till 17th September, be sure to order this limited edition item especially the kinako fans and bring a friend to wipe up everything!

Genmaicha works well in any form! This is topped with Hokkaido milk espuma and roasted rice. Hidden inside is lots of azuki beans 😁
Catch it before the menu changes on Monday 😋 And don't you think today's weather is perfect for this? 🌞

DO NOT GET THE WARABI MOCHI! It tastes so bad. The texture is NOT the same as the authentic ones in Japan. It feels like a hybrid of jelly. It actually tastes bitter due to the overwhelming matcha coating. And the matcha syrup was just gross and juvenile. The shiratama was bad too. Why is this POS item even a limited time special ??? A HUGE waste of $9.90 and I'm really mad.

Rich Hojicha tea flavor (S$5.90), which I prefer it over matcha.

Top up $1 & you can choose between having them as separate individual layers, or twist them together to create a beautiful delicious swirl of tea flavours! Or if 2 flavors is too much for you, you can just choose 1 out of the 4 flavors available daily!

Between the layers of soft serve, you get Azuki Beans, Rice Puffs & Tea Jelly, topped with Shiratama to give you different textures within each scoop.
If you're a matcha fan, this will definitely hit all the right spots with it's strong flavors & bitter finish. •
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Still one of my favourite softserves around that never fails to put a big smile on my face as I enjoy the creamy, thick, rich flavours of hojicha
📍@matchayasg, The Cathay #01-08

Especially loved the melt-in-your-mouth mochi and toasted rice puffs 😋
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Not a personal favourite, purely due to a matter of preference, but looking at it objectively, the Houjicha Softserve ($5.50) from Matchaya does have its share of merits.

The olive-coloured soft-serve has a luxuriously smooth texture, with a diminished intensity in the characteristic grassy, bitter flavours of a matcha. It's hardly sweet and in addition, it's tinged with a degree of woodiness and has a notably smoky accent. For people who take a liking to houjicha or other similar flavours of tea, I believe this is an item they should strongly consider giving a go.

I'm thinking that means people who've grown up loving herbal tea, which possibly includes your grandparents. If they're fond of such stuff, you could introduce them to this.

Who knows? Maybe one day, they'll be the ones jio-ing you to Matchaya! 😹(7.3/10)

Usucha is a thiner, lighter bodied Tea in comparison to Koicha 濃茶 (in which Matchaya also offers) that is intense, robust & full bodied. The difference in thickness is due to the amount of matcha & water used in preparing matcha. 🤤
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茶道 (The Way of Tea) : Matcha powder can be categorized at different grades of matcha depending on its quality.
It is said that usucha can be prepared from any grade of matcha; of course, the flavor differs from grade to grade.
On the other hand, koicha can only be prepared with matcha that is above a certain level of quality.
This is because a lower grade matcha creates strong bitterness & astringency.
Originally, matcha served in tea ceremony was koicha. 🖖🏻

Swipe to view the different components that constitute this seasonal parfait. The top layer of Hokkaido milk softserve was smooth, creamy and milky, specked with lavender petals. The ichigo (frozen strawberries) were icy and tangy, berry sour but refreshing! Lavender gelato was creamy, thick with a lingering and aromatic floral fragrance ; personally prefer the softserve version for a smoother and softer texture. Milk pudding was firm albeit wobbly, a pretty mild flavour that was enhanced by the tangy homemade berry sauce. Matcha granola and toasted rice puffs were a pleasant addition that provided a crunch factor to the other softer components. Really love this combination where every element was an enjoyable and significant contribution for both the sight and sense! 😍😋💜💜
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