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The ice is green

>> Monday, January 15, 2007

Can you guess what this is?

The picture above is not anything fancy like green sugar crystal. It is simply crushed green tea (matcha) ice cubes. Yes, I mentioned green tea again! But I do love the flavor of green tea so deeply that I will try to put that beautiful powder to anything. Well, almost anything…

This time round I made some crushed green-tea ice to serve with mung bean sweet soup. Mung bean sweet soup is a popular dessert in Asia. I love the version where skinned mung bean is boiled until very soft almost like a paste, sweetened with a little rock sugar then served with some coconut cream and crushed ice. This was my regular snack back in high school time, and until now I still believe it is a perfect drink for summer.

The idea of matching green tea flavor and mung bean actually turned out well. The green tea lends an interesting taste which cut back some sweetness of the mung bean. Not to mention the lovely and refreshing aroma. I ate my dessert with an extra bowl of crushed ice on the side so I could add as much as I wanted. It was fun and lovely to eat in the midst of summer.

I don’t have the exact recipe since everything was done just by the eyes. But you can view a similar recipe for the mung bean sweet soup here. For the green tea ice, simply dissolve 1 – 1.5 tablespoons matcha powder with a little hot water, then, mix with 1 cup of filtered water. Pour into your ice trays and let the fridge does the rest! You can crush the ice cubes easily in a food processor when ready to serve.


Gattina 11:33 PM  

oh the ice is incredible beauitful! True, looks like crystal! My home country doesn't add coconut cream, but I believe it tastes great in this dessert.

Angie 1:42 AM  

To echo Gattina, the ice is simply beautiful!! And I love your creations, pairing mung bean soup with green tea ice :)

sher 5:39 AM  

The picture of the green ice is wonderful! Your photos and recipes are inspiring!

Precious Moments 11:47 AM  

I love green tea too!

mandira 2:38 PM  

This is gorgeous. the soup with green tea ice certainly sounds interesting. I would love to try it.

WhItE_PoPlAr 8:51 AM  

Gattina, I sometimes eat mine without coconut cream, too. Depends on the mood! :)

Angie, I was surprised, but they did taste well together.

Sher, thank you!

Edith, yeah, green tea is so beautiful!

Mandira, thanks for dropping by!

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