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[Kyoto] Tsujirihei Matcha Castella 辻利兵衛本店 抹茶かすてら

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Tsujirihei Honten 辻利兵衛本店

Add: 611-0021 京都府宇治市宇治若森41
Tel: 0774-23-1111
Hours: 9am~5pm (closed on weekends)
Website: www.tsujirihei.co.jp
Tasted on: 2012-04

Here’s something to brighten up this rainy day: a beautiful and delicious packet of matcha castella from Kyoto’s famous green tea shop, Tsujirihei 辻利兵衛本店. I’ve previously blogged about castella from Nagasaki’s Fukusaya, and I’m happy to present to you the green tea variation on this simple Japanese sponge cake. If you have read my Kyoto travel posts, you might remember Uji, a tranquil little town that’s especially famous for its green tea. Tsujirihei is one of the most historical and well-respected green tea specialty shops in Uji (along with Nakamura Tokichi 中村藤吉 which I also adore), and its green tea desserts are naturally meticulously created.

The Japanese are true masters at packaging design, and the encasing of Tsujirihei’s matcha castella is no exception. Each layer is designed for a specific purpose, and all together they keep the cake fresh until it’s ready to be eaten. If you want to see what each layer is meant for, click here to see my previous post on Fukusaya castella.


Tsujirihei’s matcha castella is moist, fluffy, and rich in green tea flavor. This dessert is comforting in its simplicity, I really do prefer these over the more extravagant creations (think Chez Shibata). Mmm, I have a feeling that this whole block will be gone by tonight…

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April 9th, 2012 at 7:18 pm