Japanese Style Parfait with Matcha Pandan Syrup

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May 10th, 2018
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Japanese Style Parfait Goals

During our recent trip to Japan one of my goals was to eat a Japanese style parfait everyday or at least some form of ice cream.  I’m glad to say that I did meet that goal even at the airport just before take off.  I got my ice cream.  Yasss.  Now that we have been back for a few weeks, I still dream of those parfaits.  Naturally I had to create my own twist on it and made a Japanese Style Parfait with Matcha Pandan Syrup.

Matcha Pandan Syrup

What is pandan you ask?  Apart from Ube, which is pretty much mainstream now it’s another flavor profile that is found in many Filipino desserts.  The taste is hard to describe.  It’s like a cross between a very sweet coconut with a little lingering of floral rice.  All I gotta say it’s very unique.

It grows in abundance in South East Asia and can be found frozen in some Asian grocery stores.  You can also find some of it in bottle form, but if you can find the real thing it’s golden.

To make the syrup you first have to get the essence out of the pandan leaves.  I tied knots into them (more for vanity sake) and simmered them in some water with cassava syrup.  Before it got thick I reserved some liquid to dissolve some Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha.

Matcha Pandan Syrup

Once it was boiled down to a syrup I took out the pandan leaves and added the matcha liquid and now you have Matcha Pandan Syrup.

Japanese Style Parfait with Matcha Pandan Syrup

Anatomy of a Japanese Style Parfait

At this point you are probably wondering what is so special about the parfait?  Isn’t it the same as a sundae??  No my friend it isn’t.  It’s probably closer to a Halo Halo.  It’s layers of textures and flavors and each bite is a different combination of what you manage to scoop out.

Japanese Style Parfait with Matcha Pandan Syrup

In this version of the parfait these are what I included in mine.  Full disclosure the only component I made was Matcha Pandan Syrup.  The rest was store bought as realistically ~ who got time for that??

Japanese Style Parfait with Matcha Pandan Syrup

Japanese Style Parfait with Matcha Pandan Syrup

Layering

Okay so now this is how you layer your parfait.  First put in a small scoop of vanilla ice cream on the bottom, then pour over some Matcha Pandan Syrup (about a tablespoon) and then 1 mochi ball.  Cover that with a scoop of matcha ice cream and then add in the crunch which is the matcha granola in the middle.  Again about a tablespoon of the granola is good.  Then put in as much matcha ice cream as you want and pour more Matcha Pandan Syrup over it.  To finish add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top with a dusting of matcha powder.  Done and done and your welcome.

For other matcha fusion recipes you can also try my Palitaw with Black Sesame Sauce or my Warm Matcha Chia Pudding with Mochi Balls.

This post is sponsored by Aiya Matcha, however all recipes, photos and opinions are my own.

 

Japanese Style Parfait with Matcha Pandan Syrup
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Japanese Style Parfait with Matcha Pandan Syrup

This Japanese Style Parfait has a touch of Filipino flare with the addition of Pandan.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino, Japanese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 People
Author Rezel Kealoha

Ingredients

Matcha Pandan Syrup

  • 6 Strips Pandan Leaves
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Cassava Syrup
  • 10 Grams Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha

Matcha Granola

  • 1/4 Cup Granola
  • 2 Teaspoon Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha
  • Coconut Oil Spray

Parfait Layers

  • 1 Pint Matcha Ice Cream
  • 1 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 Stick Dango or 4 Mochi Balls
  • 1/4 Cup Matcha Granola
  • Pandan Syrup
  • Extra Matcha Powder

Instructions

Make the Matcha Pandan Syrup

  1. Place the pandan leaves, water and cassava syrup in a sauce pan and bring to a light simmer on low for about 10 minutes.  Set aside about 2 tablespoons of the mixture in a glass and dissolve the matcha.  Set aside.

    Take the pandan leaves out and bring the heat up to a boil to reduce the mixture to a syrup consistancy.  Add in the matcha liquid and mix until fully incorporated.  Set aside.

Make the Matcha Granola

  1. Lay out the granola in a single layer on a pan and spray with coconut oil.  Dust the granola and mix with a spoon until fully coated.  Set aside.

Layer the Parfait

  1. In two separate glasses: 

    First put in a small scoop of vanilla ice cream on the bottom, then pour over some Matcha Pandan Syrup (about a tablespoon) and then 1 mochi ball. Cover that with a scoop of matcha ice cream and then add in the crunch which is the matcha granola in the middle and a second mochi ball. Again about a tablespoon of the granola is good. Then put in as much matcha ice cream as you want and pour more Matcha Pandan Syrup over it. To finish add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top with a dusting of matcha powder.

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