Pantry Basics: Kinako Latte

Posted on April 26, 2013 by S

kinako latte

I recently stumbled upon the joys of kinako latte at a miniscule cafe in Arashiyama, Kyoto called kyo no cha no nagomi. We had stopped to taste their fluffy little squares of fat-free green tea and soy milk cakes (incidentally, our toddler, T adored their strawberry version). And since I was slightly obsessed with tasting matcha lattes on this trip (mostly thanks to my culinary goddess of a sister-in-law’s frequent mentions of how she loves having them at Starbucks in Tokyo), I decided to be adventurous and try a kinako latte. Before I knew it, I was hooked!

Kinako (黄粉) is roasted whole soy flour and has a gorgeously nutty flavour. I really enjoy it in warabi mochi (especially from the stall at Nishiki Market in Kyoto which sells it), in ice cream and sprinkled over Japanese parfaits. Simply a combination of kinako, milk and a touch of sugar, kinako latte contains no coffee and is caffeine free (a boon for expectant mothers trying hard to eliminate caffeine from their diets). It tastes almost like a malted drink; just the thing for a cold Spring morning or a rainy day in the tropics.


About Su-Lyn Tan

Su-Lyn is Aun's better half and for many years, the secret Editor behind this blog known to readers simply as S. Su-Lyn is an obsessive cook and critical eater whose two favourite pastimes are spending time with her son and spending time in the kitchen. She looks forward to combining the two in the years to come.

What Others Are Saying

  1. Joycelyn April 26, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Green tea latte imbibing gaijin, walking and drinking no less…I think passersby were covertly observing with their unique blend of mild horror and bemusement at ghastly breach of decorum!… This looks super!!!

    • S May 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Joycelyn, you ought to try it!

  2. charsiew April 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    sounds delicious! can’t wait to try it. where can i buy kinako in singapore and is there a brand you would recommend? thanks!

    • S May 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Hi Charsiew!
      You can get kinako at Meidiya and Isetan. I haven’t looked for it in the Japanese aisle of Cold Storage, so I don’t know if it’s there.

      I’m afraid I’m not much of a kinako connoisseur yet. I pick what looks good to me in the packet :) It’s relatively inexpensive, so do give it a try!

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