Monday, April 21, 2008

OchaCha @ Raffles City

How would you describe a combination of the bitter/aromatic elements of green tea and the sweetness of sugar? Or equating a numerical method solution with the brushstrokes of Michelangelo? Arithmetaphorically, I believe it's called perfection.

My ideal equation for a perfect green tea dessert:

Perfection = Taste + Aroma + Texture

where

(i) Taste is a function of sweetness and bitterness
(ii) Aroma is a function of scent of green tea leaves
(iii) Texture is a function of softness and refinement

But like some equations in mathematics or physics, correction factors are required to drive perfection. OchaCha definitely needs a correction factor. And it should consist of not one, but multiplication of a few variables.

Let's analyse each item and see how much it deviated from perfection.

(1) Matcha Cotton - Green Tea Flavoured Sponge Cake With Cream Filling

The taste gradient was almost null. This translates into an insignificant amount of bitterness of green tea leaves and low level of sweetness. These two variables serve as the most critical factors in increasing the taste gradient of a green tea dessert. The low cream to cake ratio, on the other hand, had an adverse effect on the texture.

(2) Matcha Sesame - Black Sesame Flavoured Sponge Cake With Green Tea Flavoured Topping

Similar to the Matcha Cotton, the taste gradient was again, almost parallel to the horizontal axis. The texture was on the positive side, perhaps due to the laminar structure, which consisted of multiple layers of alternating ingredients; namely cream and black sesame flavoured sponge cake. Coefficient of friction was high, despite the application of cream. And this can be misinterpreted as being dry.

(3) Azuki Freeze - Ice-Blended Green Tea And Azuki Beans

Despite the insignificant aroma of the green tea, the taste gradient was higher than the two desserts mentioned above. This was perhaps due to the addition of azuki beans, which was seen as a catalyst in activating the tastebuds (and proportionally, increased the taste gradient). Viscosity was kept optimum and was almost temperature-independent.

(4) Gyokuro - Japanese Green Tea

The green tea scent was kept minimum but proportionated with time and temperature, due to the infusion process. The bitterness was optimally maintained. Earlier works have shown that this expensive green tea leaf contains a high level of caffeine.

Item (1) and (2) have deviated from the expected level of perfection and correction factors have to be included in the perfection equation, especially in terms of sweetness and scent of green tea.

Other posts have reported that OchaCha branches in KL have shown good taste characteristics and further analysis will be conducted for confirmation.

As for now, I need to finish up my dreadful Polymer Rheology and Processing assignment. Sigh.

Price list:
Matcha Sesame - S$4.00
Matcha Cotton - S$2.90
Azuki Freeze - S$6.50
Gyokuro - S$6.20

OchaCha
252 North Bridge Road
#B1-44F, Raffles City
Tel: (+65) 6333 5886


Perfection = You - Me

31 comments:

Big Boys Oven said...

hey! Ochacha is a great place to be! I meet the creator of this place, she is a very nice lady!

CUMI & CIKI said...

how come the matcha sesame looks so yum! too bad it didn't have much taste :(

kennymah said...

Gosh, does my head hurt! Feels like I'm back in university again and reading yet another research assignment...

Poet Nic turns Professor Nik? Oh Pakcik Nic, you do wear so many hats... ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

haha how come no rating ar?..thats how a proper conclusion should be isnt?

u put my kl ochacha review to shame..

ai wei said...

eh>! i never know they have matcha sesame?! i love their concept a lot. every thing in green green of matcha!~

fatboybakes said...

so Mu is proportional with a woman's age? ditto viscosity prob....[running for cover]. hey, viscosity is also Mu ah?

mimi said...

sesame & green tea are my favourite, so the Match Sesame should be my cup of tea too ?

Nic (KHKL) said...

big boys oven, yeah, i must say it's a great place to hang out...and the lady boss was wonderful! i learnt some green tea facts from her. oh, i forgot to mention the service was good too...

cumi & ciki, yupe, i was really looking forward to it but too bad it was rather bland. i should try out the one in KL cos everyone's saying the desserts are good :)

kenny, that's what the theorems and equations are giving me now. headache! ouch!

wah, thanks for the compliment, dude! but no lar, me still wayyy behind Jason Bourne..haha! hat?? hmmm...well, there's one cap that i dont like to wear...hehe

joe, haha! ya, at first, i wanted to give a numerical conclusion but then again, i couldnt find a way to quantify taste/aroma/texture..so, i just left an equation with correction factor lor...

no lar, your review was good...and your pics were good too, as usual! :)

ai wei, i was told that only selected desserts are available on certain days. but i wished i tasted the signature matcha+azuki bean cake. oh, i also missed out the matcha latte...will try it in kl later..

fatboybakes, both μ (Mu) and η (Nu) are proportional to shear stress. higher μ (coefficient of friction) and η (viscosity) can lead to higher friction, which is undesirable with respect to time progression. hence, the introduction of a lubricating element called cream, which lowers μ and can be consumed as a source of energy.

how i wish all fluid mechanics studies are as interesting as this.

mimi, true! as a sesame and green tea admirer myself, i thought this would be the ultimate answer to a perfect dessert. but too bad the taste was rather bland. if only the flavours were stronger..haiz...

Hazza said...

Personally, I dont think green tea has a prominent flavour. Hence, I feel a lot of "green tea flavoured" food uses artificial flavouring. My favourite is actually green tea flavoured Diet Coke!

team bsg said...

these diametric geometrically opposed quite sharp geophysical contra metabursts might not go into us being grainy green and then bittersweet and all that since in all quantum calculations would in all probability according to known gastronomical statistics pre-comed before V can draw our big mouths !

curiousfoodie said...

Looks awesome man. Since my sch's so near Raffles City, I'd give it a try soon! :)

Amsie

ling239 said...

hmm... they seems to pop up every where so quickly ! or me being outdated ? =.="

JOjo said...

I've heard that Sg's outlet is not as good as Kl's, towards the bland side aka tasteless.

JOjo said...

Forgot to wish u "all the best for ur paper~"
I'm having my last 2 on Thurs, Gosh~

Nic (KHKL) said...

hazza, yeah, there are just too many artificial green tea flavourings out there! but i realised those authentic ones really smell good! omg, i didnt know there's such thing as green tea diet coke! very interesting stuff!

team bsg, the gastronomic hypothesis you made is rather interesting given the fact the chromatically abberated diagrams shown in the post have been reconstructed (which assumed to be the cause of the high probability of statistics pre-come) to amplify the significance of the grainy/bittersweet green matters. however, the low taste gradient has shown that it is necessary to include a correction factor to equate this expression to unity.

curiousfoodie, hey, thanks for stopping by! yupe, the desserts do look good, but the taste fell short, somehow. but, do give it a try and let us know what you think, ya! i have not tasted their signature matcha/azuki bean cake yet.. :)

ling239, oh, i think OchaCha is from Singapore. then, they opened branches in kl....no lar, not outdated lar...you've always been one of the most updated food bloggers around! very good guide for kl foodies!! :)

jojo, really??? wah, that means my review is quite accurately lar..hehe...i thought i was the only one who felt that way..hehe

hey, thanks for your wishes...my gawd, i just finished assignment and now have to start studying already...and still have to work somemore!!! sianz...hey, best of luck in your last 2 papers, ya!!! i'm sure you'll do well!!!

Jaime-La-Nourriture said...

I love their matcha sesame and panna cotta! :D

fatboybakes said...

hey, how do you get greek letters onto blogspot? was trying to do it for PI the other day. thanks for the culinary fluid mechanics. FM was my WORST subject in uni...nearly flunked.
(and to boost my theory further, 2 girls i asked yesterday didnt know the area of a circle)

Xiu Long Bao said...

I now certify u as profoundly sot as a result of locking urself up in the room + lack of real food + not exposing to the sunlight for long time + working too hard on ur ass-ingment.

The ultimate cure is a plate of hokkien mee + porky lard + sambal belacan.

Nic (KHKL) said...

jaime-la-nourriture, oh, i didnt know they serve panna cotta! milk+gelatin+green tea..hmmm, interesting! will check it out the next time i visit this place... ;>

fatboybakes, oh, i almost flunked my FM II also! well, i didnt do well in other mechanical subjects either..haha!

as for the greek symbols, i just cut-n-paste from microsoft word to notepad to here lor. ok, let me try from word to here directly...

μ η Л

xiu long bao, thank you sooo much for the wonderful title. i'm at my most vunerable now (besides putting a durian next to me me)...so, if u wanna belasah me, this is the time...haha!!!

oh, THAT cure! THAT ultimate cure..haiz...

Nic (KHKL) said...

fatboybakes, ok...it worked!

oh, about the area of a circle thingy...sigh, good and bad lor..they might say, "can u differentiate fuchsia and pink?"...i cannot lor..haha!!

Simon Seow said...

you make me wanna go to the Gardens and try it out already.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

If arithmetaphorically was a food, I'd flush it down the toilet together with artificially coloured green objects.

I've never tried The Gardens outlet yet...call me lar if you wanna try.

Sugar Bean said...

Haha, funny lar the way you've written your post like Maths. But I agree with this equation "Perfection = Taste + Aroma + Texture".

Wonder why the Singapore Ochacha wasn't good. Maybe you should try the KL one and compare them! :)

Nic (KHKL) said...

simon, do give it a try. heard that the garden branch is rather good....bring some babes too ya! oh, and remember to post it for us to see..hehehehe...

lyrical lemongrass, aiyer, dont be liddat lar...it's the "arithmetaphorically" that pushes us to aim higher and soar further mah...hehehe...

okie, will definitely do that. come to think of it, long time din meet you up for makan d...blame the books... :(

sugar bean, yay! someone who shares my theory!!! thanks, thanks!!!

oh, yes, i'll try out the kl branch when i return to kl...but that will hafta wait til next month...haiz...

Jun said...

hahaha, trust the engineer to scrutinise his food thru his plastic goggles ;p (coefficient of friction? LOL)

yeah that matcha black sesame slice does look dry. and that azuki green tea freeze... i'd have to say i think jollibean does a better job, much more concentrated too. hav u had a go at jollibean's btw?

brad said...

i been to Ochacha too!

the female boss, Miss Lee Yin Siau is an excellent host, real nice and friendly!

Brad, ladyironchef

ling239 said...

if i hit the ceiling... can i send my medical bill to u ? :p

Nic (KHKL) said...

jun, i can't wait to read a post on food from a medical doctor's point of view...faster, faster! hehe...

yeah, after reading your post on jollibean, i searched for it...but i cant find the stall that sells the matcha one! will try again when i'm in town...

brad, yeah, i was actually inspired by your post! :)

oh, yeah, the boss was very friendly and informative..and she remembered you! :)

ling239, aiyoh, must remember to wear safety belt la! and helmet! haha! but really lar, you are always updated! :)

Jun said...

oh i got that from the jollibean in bugis junction. there are 2 jollibean stalls there, and one jt specialises in the freezes. i haven't come across other jb outlets which have the freezes tho...

Nic (KHKL) said...

jun, isit? i din know that there are 2 at bugis junction..will check it out afte my exams..thanks for the info!

Dr.Gray said...

I've heard a lot of people talk about this place. The matcha desserts look great. I'll have to check it out myself.