Saturday, March 21, 2009

The cough bug

Posted by Dawn at Saturday, March 21, 2009
Caleb has gotten the cough bug and then he started spreading to me and Vicky. Danielle does cough occassionally but not as frequent as all 3 of us. Sigh.

So because of that, I have learnt a new dessert (Almond paste) from my mum which is good for cough. It is one of my favourite desserts and I am so happy that I now know how to make. Thanks mum for telling me how to make it!

First, you need to have the nan xing ('south' almonds), bei xing ('north' almonds). The South ones are sweeter so the ratio of south almonds to north almonds is 2 : 1. (I used about 300g of south and 150g of north)

Then I soak them in water for few hours. After few hours, you can smell the fragrance of the almonds already. Its as if you can just eat the dessert right off! But of course, you dont do that. You pour the almonds and the water which you soaked it in with, into the blender.

Then you blend until its quite mashed. It will turn dry, so I just add water which will help to blend the almond seeds.

After that, I take the mixture and pour it into the filter bag and start squeezing the juice out into the pot.

Once squeezed it dry, I would put the dried up mixture into a container and add water to soak it while I squeeze the next batch of mixture.

So I just keep rotating and putting the mixture of almond mash and water back into the filter bag to squeeze it again. Be careful not to rotate it too many times as the fragrance of the almonds may be lost and diluted.

Then just place the pot on the stove and boil it.

To thicken it, I add potato starch(flour) into it. Then add rock sugar to taste.

Its so easy and nutritious! Great for cough!

It really tasted like authentic dessert bought from Chinatown! Haha..

Best when taken hot as it is very soothing to the throat! Enjoy!


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