This is another body cooling and thirst quenching drink I love to boil for my family on hot and heaty days. The method of preparation is as simple as that for the barley drink recipe which I posted earlier.
I first learnt about this method from a neighbour. The drink is her family’s all-time favourite. A kid whom she babysat many years ago loved it so much that he even requested her to make extra portions for his family too. That testimonial inspired me to try it out immediately. As it turned out, the drink was really delicious and equally loved by my family too.
The ingredients are cheap and easily available in the wet market. Because of that, I usually make extras and chilled some in the fridge. Either served warm or chilled, it tase equally good. However, both my hubby and son prefer the chilled version as they find it more refreshing. My son claimed the chilled drink is as good as lemonade.
I am strongly against giving sugar packed soft gaseous drinks to toddlers. Similarly, for the commercially packed juices and herbal drinks that contaih high level of sugar, artificial coloring and preservative. It will be a great if we parents can train our kids to love this simple homemade thirst quencher as the healthier choice. This goes for adults too! Do you agree?
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10 water chestnuts 马蹄
4 sticks of fresh bamboo canes 竹蔗
2500 ml water
Rock sugar to taste (I used yellow crystal rock sugar 黄晶冰糖)
- Wash, scrub and rinse water chestnuts. Remove skins and soak in the water to avoid discoloration. Use the side of a chopper to slightly pat the water chestnuts.
- Wash, scrub and rinse bamboo canes. Cut into shorter lengths (about 12cm). Use the side of a chopper or anything hard eg. rolling pin or hand grinder to slightly break the bamboo canes.
- Bring water to boil. Add in water chestnuts and bamboo canes and bring the water to boil again. Simmer for 1-1½ hours.
- Discard bamboo canes. Retain water chestnuts for eating as they are crunchy and have natural sweetness.
- Add rock sugar to taste. Served warm or chilled.