Monday, January 11, 2010

Lor Hon Gou And Dried Longan Drink 羅漢果桂圓茶


As promised the temperature soared beyond 43 degrees C and I thought what more appropriate to make than another cooling drink in this weather. Lor hon go (Siraitia grosvenorii, 羅漢果) literally means monk's fruit, perhaps it is the appearance of the fruit that resembles a monk's bald head? Brewed together with dried longan and rock sugar you get the most delicious drink that not only brings back some balance to your body, it also is rather delicious served hot or cold. For  more information about cooling drinks, check out my first post about liang cha click HERE.
P.S I'll be posting something warming for my friends currently facing the extreme cold weather on the other side of the globe.

you'll need;
I lor hon go, halved
A knob of rock sugar (add according to your liking)
25g of dried longan
2 l of water

Simmer everything for about 20 minutes

It is delicious served hot or cold

If this is not your kind of tea there is always something that people in Hong Kong call the "kwei lo leung cha" meaning white man's cooling drink! That's beer to you and me!

36 comments:

  1. My favourite drink! I must really swap the packet stuff for this!

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  2. This looks really refreshing! Although I don't mind one of the white man's cooling tea as well haha!

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  3. Are you going to make some lor hong gor tea?

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  4. Harriet from CarltonJanuary 12, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    Looks delicious and so simple to, I think I have some dried longan that comes in plastic bag, are they the same?

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  5. I like 羅漢果, it soothes the throat. This is a nice herbal drink.

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  6. 我喜歡加冰的 :)

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  7. Yasmin,
    Yes you must!

    CW,
    You can have both, that was what I did :)

    Kenny,
    Soon I think.

    Harriet,
    Yes they are the same, I just couldn't find them that why.

    noobcook,
    It is indeed :)

    大肥,
    當然可以呀!

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  8. Oh I would kill to have a pot of this yesterday!

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  9. This is my favourite. Suitable for everyone at home.

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  10. Sounds like a great drink...even the ingredients are new to me :-)

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  11. It's funny, you drink something cold and here we prefer to drink something very hot !
    That's life !

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  12. C'est un fruit que je ne connais pas du tout.
    A Paris, c'est la neige et le froid.
    Je suis jalouse de tes 40°.
    See soon.

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  13. I love dried longan flesh! This is a perfect drink for 4 seasons.

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  14. I discovered a new fruit, it's amazing how much you can learn reading world wide blogs!!!! Thanks.

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  15. This drink is so refreshing and good for our health. Unfortunately, the dried longan is quite expensive here.

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  16. I love this drink and cook it sometimes. It's very refreshing. I love it warm.

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  17. YOu reminded me of this drink! Must go and find some dried longan.
    Since I have allergies to beer, cider is the one that cools me down ;)

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  18. I want that warm! Looks great.

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  19. mmm.. just the refreshing thing if you are yeet-hei!

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  20. KL girl in MELB
    Still not too late, still a hot day today!

    Anncoo,
    Your favourite too? :) Absolutely!

    Gulmohar,
    You must give it a try ;)

    Chapot,
    You are so right that is life :)

    pigpigcorner,
    I like mine with ice too!

    Saveurs et Gourmandises ,
    Vous pouvez les obtenir à partir de Chinatown:)
    Vous devez vous tenir au chaud!

    Angie,
    It is indeed good for all seasons!

    Matteo,
    You are right about learning new ingredients!You are most welcome, we are all here to learn from each other :)

    Christie,
    Compare to Hong Kong it is a lot more expensive. :(

    Mary,
    I love it warm sometimes too, it is just too hot to drink anything warm atm haha!

    penny aka jeroxie,
    Any Asian grocer would have them :)
    I am too having a liking to cider recently, it isa lot tastier too!

    Sook,
    Try making some you'll like it!

    CUMI & CIKI,
    You are absolutely right!!! :)

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  21. lol @ white mans cooling drink. I could use one of those right now!

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  22. We have been drinking the white man's version haha! Making some of this today! Keep cool buddy!

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  23. Looks like an interesting drink meanwhile I'm going to have a white man's version!

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  24. i am gonna have that when i got to the asian markets today lol. thanks for sharing!!

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  25. Friends talked about your blog at work, thought I'll have a look. This is a wonderful blog you have with so many great recipes! I've never had drinks like this before, looks very refreshing!

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  26. What a unique and refreshing drink! I would love to try it!

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  27. Maria,
    Haha I think the bottle shops are really busy this 2 days!!

    Mike,
    You must try some meanwhile have the white version!

    Ann,
    Let me know if you like it!

    rosa,
    Oh really! Thanks! Hope you'll try the recipes!

    5 Star Foodie,
    Thank! And you must! :)

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  28. I made the barley and winter melon drinks yesterday, it was great served chilled. Now my my Asian grocer shopping list is getting longer!
    This looks amazing!

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  29. Looks nice, I'll love to try it.
    What section of the asian grocer can I find the longan and the lor hon go?

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  30. Hahah...nice one on 'kwei lou leung cha"!

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  31. we love adding some grass jelly to this drink..perfect for a hot summer day!

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  32. love to eat,
    That is great! It is better to do a big shop! :) Have fun!

    Anu,
    The dried food section or print this out and show it to the shopkeeper :)

    petitenyonya,
    Haha thanks!

    Ravenous Couple,
    Oh that is a nice tips, thanks!

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  33. I need this drink to keep me warm!!!

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  34. Normally my grandma makes lor hon go with lam han pak han the spade shape nuts.

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