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Luo Han Guo and Chrysanthemum Liang Cha - Monks' Fruit and Chrysanthemum Tea

I love spicy and fried food, but too much, and my throat starts to hurt. For Chinese and Indonesian, we have this concept that once this happens, we have a condition call panas dalam (Chinese: fa re qi), I guess the best translation would be too much heat. For Chinese, this means it is time to consume liang cha (or cooling tea) to eliminate excess heat from the body. :D

Luo Han Guo and Chrysanthemum Liang Cha - Monks' Fruit and Chrysanthemum Tea Ingredients

Luo Han Guo and Chrysanthemum Liang Cha - Monks' Fruit and Chrysanthemum Tea Ingredients

There are actually a lot of varieties in what constitute a liang cha, but the tea I like the most are the ones that at least includes luo han guo, chrysanthemum flower, and dried longan. If you go to a Chinese herbalist, or even Asian grocers, you can find many varieties of liang cha to choose from, so your favorite may be different from mine. Give them a try, since they are supposed to be good for your body, and although we call them “tea”, there is no actual tea leaves involves, definitely a good thing if you are avoiding caffeine.

Luo Han Guo and Chrysanthemum Liang Cha - Monks' Fruit and Chrysanthemum Tea

Luo Han Guo and Chrysanthemum Liang Cha - Monks' Fruit and Chrysanthemum Tea

Luo Han Guo and Chrysanthemum Liang Cha - Monks' Fruit and Chrysanthemum Tea


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Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour 10 mins

Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 10 cup water
  • 1 monk's fruit (Chinese: luo han guo)
  • 25 gram dried longan (Chinese: gui yuan)
  • 25 gram dried chrysanthemum flower
  • 3 slices licorice
  • 50 gram rock sugar

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil in a pot. Crack the monk's fruit open, then add to the boiling water. Boil for 3-5 minutes, then use the back of a ladle to break the fleshy pulps and seeds of the monk's fruit to pieces.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and return to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour.
  3. Turn off heat, ladle to glasses and serve hot/warm. You can eat the longan, but not the other solid ingredients.

Comments

  • Ling says:

    Anita, You are the BEST!!!! Love this one so much, even its simple but the best, hehe

    • Anita says:

      Thanks Ling :)

  • IRENE HA says:

    You break open the shelf of the Luo Han Guo and boil the inside. Do you boil the cracked outer shelf too?

    • Anita says:

      Hi Irene, yes, I boil the outer shell as well :)

  • Ma Recipes says:

    Recently the weather is so hot. I really need to drink a lot of this.

  • Tuna says:

    The fruit is already very sweet and is being used as a sugar substitute. So please avoid adding rock sugar or any other sugar. Diabetics beware.

    • Anita says:

      Yes, the fruit is sweet in nature. You can always skip the sugar until the very last step. Once the cooking is done, give it a taste test and only add sugar if you think it is not sweet enough :)

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