I’m starting to believe in the weight loss properties of matcha. Something about how it triggers thermogenesis; perhaps it’s the restorative antioxidants. It’s the only way I can explain how I was able to eat my daily half of a FU Baum, a matcha cake, while in Kyoto and somehow *lose* weight.
The Japanese love matcha, green tea. You find it in everything: energy drinks, ice-cream, breads, Kit-Kats; the foods all share that healthy green complexion. But it was this confection of cake and matcha that won me over. Although I’m not alone: Monde Selection gave it a gold award in 2010.
The cakes look a little bit like a thick roll of Nerfy green duct tape. But they taste sublime: impossibly moist, layered, perfectly concentric, delightfully packaged (this is Japan), light - ethereally so. Buy the FU Baum at the Nishiki Market. There is also a stall at Kyoto Station.
Grab a box. Maybe two. Wash it down with a green tea for the full effect. You’ll lose fifteen pounds, maybe live forever. Results may vary though.