REVIEW: The Odd-Sounding “Hot Strawberry & Matcha Tapioca Milk” Delights at Tokyo DisneySea’s Hudson River Harvest

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With the changing of the seasons also comes the demand for hot, delicious beverages to warm Guests in the cold Tokyo winters. Tokyo Disney Resort has a funny trend of creating strange combination drinks that are either home runs or huge misses. One particular example is the Popcorn Soda with Donut from this past Halloween, a crazy idea that turned out to be one of the season’s finest treats! So I went in with cautious optimism when I saw the new Hot Strawberry & Matcha Tapioca Milk on Hudson River Harvest’s menu! How’s the taste? Well, you’ll be surprised.

Hot Strawberry & Matcha Tapioca Milk – ¥450 ($4.14)

Matcha, for those that may not know, is essentially a very strong, concentrated version of green tea. Matcha is a very popular Japanese flavor, and it’s often mixed with chocolate for snacks and icy treats. Strawberry and matcha, however, is a combination I’ve never seen before! I was rather hesitant, but I swallowed my pride (and my first sip), and was certainly surprised by the results!

You’re served the drink with a healthy dollop of cream cheese and a spoon, which you’re instructed to use to stir the beverage. It’s a rather, small portion, but I didn’t mind too much since it’s rather sweet. Amazingly enough, the drink wasn’t so hot that I couldn’t start drinking immediately. This of course allows you to warm yourself up almost immediately! The combination of matcha and strawberry, as I mentioned, sounds rather odd. But when you actually taste it, you’ll find it to be an excellent sweet/savory combination! It’s a very Japanese-style treat yet doesn’t seem horribly out of place in American Waterfront. Or maybe I’ve just been in Japan too long. Either way, I highly recommend you stop by Hudson River Harvest and taste for yourself!

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