Published on Thursday, 25 July 2019 23:53
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
108 MATCHA SARO, the high-quality Matcha Dessert Shop that originates from Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan, has opened its first store in Southeast Asia and Singapore on 26 July 2019 at #B1-K05, Suntec City mall.
Well-loved for its mouth-watering Obanyaki, Parfait, Warabi mochi and Soft Serve Ice-Cream cone, what sets 108 MATCHA SARO apart from its peers is the authenticity and quality of its key ingredients that include Uji Matcha powder from Kyoto that is used in its Matcha desserts and Taiwan’s Pingtung Wandan red bean used in its Obanyaki and Parfait.
Ice Matcha Green Tea Float, $5.90
Ice Matcha Green Tea, $4.90
108 MATCHA SARO’s Uji Matcha powder is made in collaboration with traditional tea masters using ancient blending techniques and the highest grade of quality tea leaves from Uji. The picked tea leaves are first steamed and dried in a Ro, a unique furnace designed for this process, resulting in a tea-base called Tencha. The leave stems and veins from the Tencha is then removed, and the remaining tea leaves are stone-ground to a fine powder for use.
Ice Matcha Latte, $4.90
Ice Hojicha Latte, $4.90
Famous for red beans with a rich, distinct flavour, Pingtung, Wandan produces 80% of red beans grown in Taiwan. Using these red beans, the paste produced is specially customized for 108 MATCHA SARO in terms of the sugar level, consistency and texture for optimum taste.
Besides the special curation of the key ingredients, 108 MATCHA SARO also takes pride in the precision in which the items are made fresh on site daily. Customers can watch the staff “live” in action at the store, making the Obanyaki and Warabi mochi from scratch, as the fragrant aroma fills the air.
Matcha Obanyaki - 6 in One Box
Red Bean Paste With Warabi Mochi + Matcha Dough, $3.50
We are happy and excited to bring 108 MATCHA SARO to Singapore and being the first in Southeast Asia. We believe that 108 MATCHA SARO will cater to Singaporeans’ love for quality Matcha desserts and delight them with a slice of Japanese culture and tradition”, said Mr Chaw, CEO of AC Hesed Pte Ltd, the company behind 108 MATCHA SARO Singapore.
“I’m deeply humbled and delighted to bring our passion and labour of love, 108 MATCHA SARO, to Singapore. This is a big milestone for us and we are committed to bring the same high quality range of dessert items for Singaporeans to enjoy. Through 108 MATCHA SARO, we want to promote and raise the profile of Japanese Matcha culture in Singapore”, said Mr Masato Yamamoto, CEO of 108 MATCHA SARO.
108 MATCHA SARO STORE
Designed by award-winning Japanese designer, Miyaoka Tomoyoshi, from Shutaku Design Lab, the 108 MATCHA SARO Suntec City store is inspired by traditional ancient Japanese tea houses built with mineral-rich mud that changes colour and look over time.
This “living” concept is translated in the store design through the use of iron metal and wood materials. The unique sheen of the metal brings focus to the feature pillar and brand logo while the dark wood palette portrays the innate authenticity and soulful image of the brand.
Customers can make a pit stop to grab the freshly-made desserts on the go or take a leisure spot at the standing bar area to enjoy their desserts or drinks while watching the trained staff prepare and make the orders.
A TASTE OF 108 MATCHA SARO’S BEST SELLERS
Matcha Custard + Original Dough, $2.90
Custard + Original Dough, $2.90
A must-try is 108 MATCHA SARO’s bestselling item, Obanyaki (from S$2.90) that comes in five different flavours, namely Red Bean Paste & Matcha Dough, Red Bean Paste & Original Dough, Matcha Custard & Original Dough, Custard & Original Dough and Red Bean Paste with Warabi Mochi & Matcha Dough. Each freshly-made soft, fluffy dough is filled with a generous amount of red bean paste or custard that makes 108 MATCHA SARO’s Obanyaki a perfect dessert after a meal or at any time to satisfy a crave for a comforting snack.
Cup Warabi Mochi (Matcha), $4.90
Warabi Mochi (Mix), $12.90
Other 108 MATCHA SARO best sellers include its Warabi Mochi, handmade fresh daily, with a choice of eight pieces (S$4.90) or 24 pieces (S$12.90). Unlike typical mochi made from glutinous rice, Warabi mochi is made of warabi starch – where warabi is a type of fern, and the starch comes from the rhizomes (underground stem). As such, the Warabi mochi’s texture is deliciously chewy, more jelly-like and melts quickly in your mouth.
Matcha Warabi Mochi Parfait, $7.90
Matcha Soft Serve Parfait Deluxe, $8.50
For a more indulgent treat, customers can delight in the Matcha Parfait Deluxe (S$8.50) that comes in a combination of Soft Serve Ice-cream, Warabi mochi, Red Bean paste and White Mochi.
OPENING CELEBRATION SPECIALS
Jelly Matcha Latte, $5.90
Matcha Almond Milk Tofu Float, $6.90
In celebration of the opening of its first outlet in Southeast Asia and Singapore, 108 MATCHA SARO has specially created a limited edition obanyaki, Double-Choc Obanyaki, that comes in Matcha dough and double, high-grade chocolate filling made with chocolate-flavored custard and French Premium Dark Chocolate from Valrhona – specifically Caraibe 66%, which is a perfect balance of smooth chocolate and roasted dried fruit notes with a slightly oaky finish.
Priced at S$3.50 each, Double-Choc Obanyaki is deliciously divine, like a special treat from the Land of the Rising Sun to our sunny, tropical Garden City. Plus, there is a ‘Buy 5 Get 1 Free’ Obanyaki promotion for THREE DAYS ONLY from 26 to 28 July 2019 that makes a visit to 108 MATCHA SARO even more irresistible.
Mix Soft Serve, $4.90
Matcha Smoothie Float, $6.90
For ice-cream lovers, there is also a ‘Buy 1 Get 1 Free’ Hokkaido Soft Serve promotion (usual price: $4.90 each) for THREE DAYS ONLY from 26 to 28 July 2019. A perfect treat to cool down on a hot, humid day, there are three flavour options of Matcha, Hojicha (a type of Japanese tea made with roasted Sencha that has a unique aroma, light-texture and minimal bitterness) and Mixed to choose from.
Matcha Jelly Parfait, $7.90
Soybean Warabi Mochi Parfait, $7.90