At a beautiful winter night in Seoul - a cosmopolitan capital of South Korea, the funny guy had a cup of coffee latte and I had a cup of green tea latte.
Allowing hot drinks warming both our palms and throats, while watching and admiring people - beautiful fashionable ladies, couples deeply in love, and young-at-heart elderlies - are indeed one of life's simple pleasures.
Matcha, also known as 抹茶 / maccha / green tea in fine powder, has a history dated from the Tang Dynasty in China between 618-907, when people steamed tea leaves to form tea bricks for storage and trade.
Today, matcha has been used in numerous delicacies, including matcha bread, matcha tiramisu, matcha cupcakes, matcha chocolates, matcha ice cream, ..., and the list goes on!
For #AtoZChallenge on 2014 April 15 Tue, I lovingly present a recipe of matcha latte / 抹茶ラテ by ServicefromHeart.
This recipe is very easy and simple to prepare. Preparing this drink may be faster than stopping and queuing at Starbucks for its green tea latte in the morning rush hours.
The creamy, sweet and bitter combination of green tea latte is a favorite choice to kick start a day or to take a tea break.
Drinking tea without milk gives me the feeling of peace and
tranquility*; drinking tea with milk spreads me and others the warmth of our mother earth.
Have also some snacks. Alternatively, serve the latte with a choice of simple easy-to-prepare #5minutemeal recipes.
* Green tea contains theanine that possibly help to relax our minds & improve cognition.
Preparation time: < 5 minutes
Ingredients for green tea latte that I love:
♥ 1 tsp green tea powder (绿茶粉)
♥ 1 tsp honey (蜜糖)
♥ 1/2 mug hot water (热水)
♥ 1/2 mug fresh milk (鲜奶)
1.Add green tea powder to hot water & stir thoroughly yet gently.
2. Add milk and honey. Stir. Enjoy ♥ !
When I run out of green tea powder, I use gren tea bag. Using matcha still gives the best taste.
Other recipes that I love:
♥ Green tea latte with foam by
(1) Namiko Chen @ Just One Cookbook
(2) Stacie @ One Hungry Mama
♥ Matcha vanilla banana smoothie by Jeanine Donofrio & Jack Mathews @ Love and Lemons, Austin, Texas.