Tuesday, 10 July 2007
Watercress And Honey Agar-Agar
I had a glass of Watercress and Honey drink for the first time in a restaurant that specialised in Macau food. For the first time ever, I dawned on me that watercress, a veggie that almost only appeared in a savoury soup, could be enjoyed in a sweet drink.
The second time I had Watercress and Honey was in June this year. Edna absolutely loved the drink, and I thought to recreate it at home.
The quantities for the drink is just a suggestion - I suppose it's more to do with 'taste' than a hard and fast rule. Also, I really went by feel in this first try.
Watercress and Honey Drink
1 bunch watercress, roots removed
5 red dates
1/4 cup rock sugar
Honey to taste
3-4 litres of water
1. Simmer the entire lot in a large pot for about 1 hour.
2. Pour the golden coloured liquid through a sieve.
3. The drink can be drunk either hot or iced. (I love it hot, but everyone else loves it iced.)
Because I made so much of the drink, I used 1.5 litres of it to make Agar-Agar. It was lovely because it wasn't too sweet.
Watercress and Honey Agar-Agar
1.5 litres Watercress and Honey drink
15g Agar-agar strands
1. Boil the two ingredients together until the agar-agar strands dissolve.
2. Pour into jelly moulds and place the agar-agar into the refridgerator to set.
Both the drink and the agar-agar are lovely on hot, hot days. They'll cool you from inside out!