Here is an easy-to-make Japanese Matcha Neri Yokan recipe that is made with only 6 ingredients - sweetened white bean paste, matcha powder, water, corn syrup and agar agar powder. These thick and fudgy confectionaries are also naturally gluten-free and vegan!
Ingredients Used to Make This
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- Sweetened White Bean Paste (a.k.a. Shiro An)
- You can find Sweetened white Bean paste in some Asian grocery stores, but I usually order it online because it's more difficult to find it in the US. It's also sold on Amazon, below
- Agar Agar Powder - a gelatinous substance that's derived from seasweeds and commonly used in Asian cuisines. It's also becoming more popular as a plant-based alternative to gelatin. Agar Agar is sold in the form of flakes, powders, bars or strands, but I used the powder form as I think it gives me the most consistent results.
- Corn Syrup or Honey - Maple syrup and agave syrup works, but they don't produce the thick, fudgy mouthfeel of neri-yokan as the ones made with corn syrup or honey.
- Matcha Powder - preferably ceremonial grade matcha powder for the best color, but any kind works. Sold in Asian grocery stores, or online, below:
Silicone mold - like this silicone mooncake mold
How to Make Matcha Neri Yokan
Matcha Neri Yokan Recipe
Stir agar powder in water and let sit for at least 5 minutes at room temperature. After 5 minutes, heat the water-agar mixture on medium-high heat, until it becomes thick and bubbly.
Stir in the white sugar and corn syrup and boil for another minute.
Lower the heat to low-medium, then add in the bean paste and matcha powder
Heat the mixture over low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour the mixture into a clean pyrex glass or silicone molds.
Set aside and let cool for about 2-3 hours until the middle is set.
Remove from mold. Enjoy!
Recipe Variations and Optional Add Ins:
- You don’t have to keep this plain. Add some sweetened beans, dried fruits or flavoring/extracts to keep this yokan interesting.
How to Store
- You can store these yokan covered at room temperature for up to 24 hours. For longer storage, you can place them in a plastic ziploc bag or airtight container to store in the fridge for up to 7 days, or freeze up to 4 weeks.
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Matcha Neri Yokan
- Stir agar powder in water and let sit for at least 5 minutes at room temperature.
- Heat the water-agar mixture on medium-high heat, until it becomes thick and bubbly.
- Stir in the white sugar and corn syrup and boil for another minute.
- Lower the heat to low-medium, then add in the bean paste and matcha powder.
- Heat the mixture over low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Pour the mixture into a clean pyrex glass or silcone molds.
- Set aside and let cool for about 2-3 hours until the middle is set. Remove carefully.