Try preparing a pot of this heavenly black tea brewed with fresh lemongrass. The fragrant and citrusy tea tastes even better with some glass jelly cubes!
Cincau or grass jelly is a jelly-like dessert that comes in green and black varieties, cincau hijau (green grass jelly) and cincau hitam (black grass jelly). In the wet markets, you can find grass jelly sold in clear plastic bags secured with rubber bands, or in big blocks. If you buy them from a supermarket/grocery store, grass jelly is more commonly sold in sealed square plastic boxes, like silken tofu, or in a sealed plastic tube, like egg tofu, and the most common of all, in cans. Cincau/grass jelly by itself has a slightly bitter taste, so we love cutting these into small cubes and add them to our sweet drinks, sweet tea, and our various ice desserts. The lemongrass tea by itself is great, so don’t worry too much if you cannot find the grass jelly. But having something to munch while drinking tea is pretty luxurious, don’t you think? ♥
Teh Sereh dan Cincau - Lemongrass Tea with Grass Jelly
- 1 package of black grass jelly (Indonesian: cincau hitam), cut into small cubes
- 1 1/2 liter water
- 1 tablespoon black tea leaves (Indonesian: daun teh)
- 5 lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh), bruised and knotted
- 100 gram sugar
- Make the tea by boiling together water, tea leaves, lemongrass, and sugar. Simmer for 15 minutes to allow the tea and lemongrass enough time to infuse. Turn off heat and strain into pitcher or serving glasses.
- Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of black grass jelly cubes into each glass prior to serving.