I love drinking Japanese green tea. Oh, It is slightly bitter, yet full-flavoured aromatic, smooth and relaxing to consume at the same time. The taste of green tea really grows on me. Some may not immediately like it on first sip, but I feel that the more you drink it, the more you will start to appreciate that light delicate taste and slight bitterness.
When Ayataka was launched, I was quite excited (especially after watching the geisha ad – watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24VU5Jn_ans) – canned and bottled green tea with the great taste and cloudiness of authentic Japanese teapot-brewed tea.
I was quite skeptical initially, since I am used to drinking Japanese green tea in sushi bars and ramen restaurants with leaves, power or tea bag.
When I first tried Ayataka, I was thrilled by the cloudiness of the suspended sediment of the drink, how it has zero sugar, and how I can now enjoy authentic Japanese Green tea on-the-go any time of the day.
5 Things you may not know about Ayataka
1. 0 kcal. Yes, Ayataka contains ZERO calories.
2. Ayataka also contains 0 grams of fat, carbohydrate and sugar.
3. There are no added preservatives used in Ayataka.
4. In a taste test conducted in Kyoto, Japan, with 100 maiko (apprentice geisha) and geiko (geisha), Ayataka emerged amongst other leading Japanese green tea brands in Singapore as the closest to authentic Japanese teapot brewed tea, as well as the best tasting Japanese green tea*. (Study was conducted by Ipsos K.K., amongst 100 maiko & geiko through a face-to-face interview at Kyoto in July 2013.)
5. You can only get Ayataka currently in Japan… and Singapore. Yes, you cannot get it anywhere else yet.
Where I enjoy Ayataka is not only at home (while watching TV), but at kopitiam and hawker centre. (The auntie at the kopi stall will say “Ah boy, you want A-ya-ta-ka ah?”)
Yes, while I enjoy having local Singapore hawker food, some of them can be too greasy and oily. I find that having iced cold Ayataka during and after the meal makes me feel cleansed and refreshed.
5 Singapore Local Dishes I paired with Ayataka
Hainanese Chicken Rice
One of Singapore’s most iconic dish, though unfortunately the rice and chicken can get greasy. Having Ayataka makes me feel I am ‘washing off the oil’. Do you get that feeling too?
Char Bee Hoon
A major calorie intake. In a way, I try to balance this off by having something healthier. Drinking Ayataka, which has no sugar, calories or fats, makes me feel more prudent about the total number of calories I’m putting into my body in one meal! I I don’t feel so sinful now. Yeah!
Bak Chor Mee
Most noodles come with lard and oily seasoning and sauces, which can be quite heavy in the middle of the meal. Ayataka helps to cleanse the taste buds, and I find that helps to make the meal feel lighter.
Yong Tau Foo
Seemingly a ‘healthier’ option, but the sweet sauce is not helping. Having Ayataka makes me feel more balanced on that sugar level.
Another delicious dish, but one wonders about the cholesterol from the ingredients and sauces. After I consume something seemingly ‘heaty’, I enjoy a cooling refreshing drink which makes you feel rejuvenated.
I can think about many local dishes to pair with Ayataka Japanese green tea.
Which would be your favourite?
*This post is brought to you by Ayataka Japanese Green Tea.