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Winter melon punch
A cup of winter melon punch in front of a winter melon at a Taiwanese street vendor's stall.
Alternative namesWinter melon tea
Typesweetened fruit drink
Place of originChina
Region or stateEast Asia
Serving temperatureCold
Main ingredientswinter melon, brown sugar or caramel
Ingredients generally usedlime or calcium hydroxide
Variationslemon juice, oolong tea tapioca balls, nata de coco, or tangyuan
Food energy
(per serving)
17 kcal (71 kJ)

Winter melon punch, also called winter melon tea in East Asia (Chinese: 冬瓜茶; pinyin: dōngguā chá), is a drink made from winter melon and sugar that has been boiled for some time.[1] It is popular in East Asia, especially Taiwan.[2]

Winter melon punch
Chinese冬瓜茶
Traditional Chinese冬瓜潘趣酒
Simplified Chinese冬瓜潘趣酒

Preparation

The punch is prepared by peeling, slicing and removing the seeds of a winter melon. The winter melon slices are then placed in boiling water with brown sugar or caramel and stirred for several hours. The mixture is filtered with a gauze or sieve to remove any undissolved sediment, leaving concentrated winter melon juice that can be cooled, stored or refrigerated before drinking. It can be diluted with the aid of ice.

The concentrated winter melon juice can also be reduced to form "winter melon candy". After the reduced juice is poured into a pan and left to cool, the solid is commonly cut into cubes and sold. The winter melon candy cubes can be cooked in tea.

A sugar-free version of the winter melon punch is made for people with kidney issues and diabetes.

The winter melon slices can alternatively be soaked in lime or calcium hydroxide to preserve the melon's original flavour by hardening the flesh before boiling with sugar, caramel, and water.

Variations

There are many variations of winter melon punch throughout Taiwan. Lemon juice and oolong tea can be added to winter melon punch to change its taste, or alcohol can be added to create a cocktail. Street vendors may also add tapioca balls, nata de coco, or tangyuan to winter melon punch and sell it as a dessert.

See also

References

  1. ^ Matson, Tiana (2019-02-03). "Winter Melon Tea - Simple But Juicy". Yum Of China. Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  2. ^ Guides, Rough (2017-09-07). The Rough Guide to Cambodia (Travel Guide eBook). Rough Guides UK. ISBN 978-0-241-32612-1.