Luo Han Guo Herbal Tea
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Luo Han Guo Herbal Tea Recipe
If you do not have a disposable soup poach to contain the luo han guo, just add it to the pot to simmer. Before serving, sieve the tea through a strainer.
- 2 litres of water
- 2 luo han guo fruit (arhat fruit/ monk’s fruit/罗汉果)
- 30g american ginseng fiber/”beards” (洋参须)
- 30g dried chrysanthemum flowers (朵朵香)
- disposable soup bags
- Using the back of your knife, gently crack open the luo han guo fruit. If you have a soup stock bags, you can place the smashed fruit, ginseng and chrysanthemum in soup bags.
- Boil water in a pot. Place soup bags in the boiling water and simmer for about half hour (if you like, you can discard the chrysanthemum pouch earlier). Discard soup bags (I try to press out excess liquids using a slotted ladle to minimize wastage), wait for the tea to cool and pour into serving cups. Serve warm or chilled.
Noob Cook Tip
I did not add any sugar since luo han guo is a natural sweetener so this drink is mildly sweet. I do not have a sweet tooth so it’s sweet enough for me. If you like to add sugar, you can use either winter melon sugar strips (10 minutes before you off the stove flame) or rock sugar (just before you off the flame, stir to melt the sugar thoroughly) to taste. Note that if you are using winter melon sugar stripes, they will not dissolve – you can eat the winter melon for the crunchy sweet taste or you may discard it.