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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Nam Manglak with lychees - Thai Basil Seed Drink

Here is another discovery Thai Basil Seed Drink....a while back I was visiting My Kitchen Snippet where she had a wonderful dessert Grass Jelly, Mango, Lychee with Thai Basil Seeds that was perfect for this hot weather of summer. It made for a lovely photo as well. I had all the ingredients to try it except the basil seeds. I did find them at the Vietnamese market and the lady at the check out said "now these are not the kind of seeds to plant, it's to make a drink" she showed me the canned drink in the cooler that they sold as well. Good, that's what I wanted! Something new to try! The seeds swell up and a gelatinous shell forms around the seed.

She said they drink this to keep cool inside. I guess it is supposed to be very healthy and has many medicinal properties, but I just wanted to try it for fun. This 2 oz packet was only .99 cents, and one tablespoon made an awful lot...

Although Gert's dessert looked so good, and I had most the ingredients I wanted to do something different for the blog. I wasn't sure how I was going to like it because I don't care for tapioca (I have a small texture issue) :P hehe ...

...but I enjoyed it the seeds didn't have a strong flavor just a little crunch when you bit into one. My daughter wasn't so sure, I don't know if it was the frog eggs seeds floating around or the rose water.
You can flavor it any way you like of course, but this is what I did:

1 cup water
3 lychees
1 tablespoon organic raw honey
1 teaspoon rose water
2 tablespoons hibiscus tea mostly for color, and I had some made up in the fridge.

You can add simple syrup if you like it sweeter, or grenadine... or sweet condensed milk...or pomegranate molasses...or anything your heart's desire! Have it your way, but try it it's fun!