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Wedang Plum - Plum and Lemongrass Tea

Wedang is definitely a pick me up drink, it has a super nice aroma and my house smells so wonderful while this simmers away on my stove. If you want additional warmth, try adding one to two inches of bruised ginger. The dried plum will soften in the hot wedang and provide a nice contrast to the tea since the tea is sweet while the plum has a bit of a sour note. If you don’t have palm sugar at hand, you can use regular sugar, but your wedang will not have the tea like color. ♥

Wedang Plum - Plum and Lemongrass Tea
Wedang Plum - Plum and Lemongrass Tea

Wedang Plum - Plum and Lemongrass Tea

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Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 25 mins

Serves: 4

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  • 1 liter water
  • 5 stalks lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh), bruised and knotted
  • 50 gram palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa)
  • 50 gram sugar
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 4 dried plums, cut each into small pieces
  • 4 stalks lemongrass as garnish (optional)


  1. Boil water, lemongrass, palm sugar, sugar, and cinnamon in a pot. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Divide the plum into four serving glasses, strain the lemongrass tea into glasses and serve immediately. Garnish each glass with one lemongrass.
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  • Milky Milky says:

    I made this with prunes, and it was pretty good. The lemongrass went well with the fruit sweetness. I wonder if this is for a certain kind of dried plum, since there's a lot of dried and preserved plums out there. Either way, best way to eat a prune!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Milky, the dried plums we commonly use in Indonesia to make this drink is closer to the Hawaiian Li Hing Mui. I believe there are two versions of the dried plums, the regular ones which resemble the one in my photo, and the red coated ones which are more sour. Either version works and I usually just use whichever ones I have at home. Now I learn from you that even regular prunes work, which is even better since I almost always have them in my pantry. :)

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