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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Sweet Dessert: Air Mata Kucing (罗汉果冬瓜龙眼水)

If you're not a Malaysian, don't bother to ask what does 'Air Mata Kucing' mean. The direct translation of these 3 Malay words to English would be 'Cat Eye Drink'. Doesn't make sense to you? No worries. It's just a name. As long as you know what does it represent, good enough.

Air Mata Kucing (AMK) is a beverage made popular by a vendor stall located at Petaling Street, or more commonly known as 'the Chinatown' at Kuala Lumpur.
[Sidetrack: actually calling Petaling Street the 'Chinatown' of M'sia is sort of an insult, as this place resembles nothing too oriental but heaven of imitated products, sigh] If you're curious to know how does the AMK stall looks like? Look no further. See below...

Air Mata Kucing at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo source from here.

Ice cold AMK is always a great beverage to quench your thirst, especially when you're in a hot and humid country like Malaysia. That's why it is such a best-seller in Petaling Street. Actually, it is not tough to make AMK out of your kitchen yourself. It only requires 5 main ingredients, which are Buddha's fruit (loh hon guo, 罗汉果), dried longan, winter melon (can be fresh one, but I always go for dried winter melon strips, easier), brown sugar (or rock sugar), and water.

Some of the main ingredients: dried longan (upper left), Buddha's fruit (lower left), and dried winter melon strips (right).

The method to make this beverage is simple. Bring a pot of water to boil, then add in the Buddha's fruit first. Half a buddha's fruit is sufficient for 2 litre of water. Let the water simmer for a while before adding in the melon strips and dried longan. After boiling (over low heat) for around 15 minutes, you may add in brown/rock sugar to taste. Once the sugar has dissolved completely, they're good to go. Serve hot or icy cold.

A bowl of Air Mata Kucing from my kitchen, to your PC. See the melon strips and longan? The beverage is brownish-black in colour due to the Buddha's fruit.


If you have a blender, you may make it as an ice-blended drink too! *cooling*

Always a great summer drink!


16 Comments:

Blogger Julie said...

ohh.. greenapple i like ur nick.. ^^

n tat cooling-effect drink! =)~

but me long time never go petaling street olidi..

btw richmond n msia time exactly 12 hrs diff ka..

gd morning to u n gd nite to me.. ^^

11:30 AM

 
Blogger boo_licious said...

Your air mata kuching looks good. Great idea about making it ice blended.

3:20 PM

 
Anonymous karsoon said...

啊,令人懷念的茨厰街龍眼水。我啊,自從他們沒有用鐵碗來盛龍眼水以後,就沒有去幫襯了。

雖然用紙杯會比較衛生,可是我老覺得冰冰的龍眼水透過鐵碗傳遞'冷'到你的手指,然後你的嘴唇,然後你大口大口喝下冰冷去暑龍眼水。

内外介冷,才是人生一打享受咧。

9:28 PM

 
Blogger Greenapple said...

hi julie, nice to see you here! You have a great blog I can see that. I'll definitely visit your blog regularly. I'm glad that you like this post, well, you don't have to go to petaling street for this drink as you can always make it yourself. Yes, the time difference between M'sia and Richmond, USA is exactly 12 hours for now, but will soon to be 11 hours once the daylight saving started in North America. That will be the first Sunday next month.

Elo boo, I thought making AMK ice blended was a great idea too, that way you can eat both the ice and drink the liquid all at the same time. Very very cooling!

啊,karsoon兄,有点执著哦。是啦,其实我也同意说铁碗可以有事半功倍的效果,但是人既然在茨厂街了,又那么热,就先喝一包再说。呵呵。要不就自己买铁碗然后自己在家煮咯。又便宜又卫生又可以大碗大碗的喝。怎一个爽字了得!

3:26 PM

 
Anonymous maria said...

完全赞成karsoon所说,没有了铁碗少了那份凉意。
哎呀,每次来读了你的部落格都想煮好多食物!!!天...

2:40 AM

 
Blogger Greenapple said...

maria,我们彼此给彼此灵感,也是不错的idea嘛。下回我有机会就弄可乐鸡翼给你们试一试。;)

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