Monday, June 19, 2006

Fresh Lemongrass Tea


Fresh Lemongrass Tea (Iced)

I forgot to post about it in my previous garden report, but my lemongrass was getting taller and taller. Other plants around it (tomato, basil and mizuna) seemed unhappy, so I cut most of the lemongrass leaves this morning and made this fresh lemongrass tea, inspired by this Japanese site.



Mmm…Nice, aromatic tea. Now I feel like some spicy noodles or something…

I’m drying the rest of the lemongrass leaves.


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12 comments:

Foodfreak said...

I wished I had that much lemongrass (or could read Japanese ;)). Sounds very refreshing. Sometimes I have green tea with added lemongrass...

Christine said...

The lemongrass tea looks wonderfully refreshing. Any chance you could post your recipe here? I went to the link but alas, I don't read Japanese. I have a pot of lemongrass just outside the door, would love to try this.
Thanks

ghanima said...

To the best of my knowledge, I've never had lemongrass, obachan. What does it taste like?

obachan said...

foodfreak
Green tea with lemongrass sounds good. I’m going to give it a try. Thanks for the idea.

christine
OK. I shouldn’t translate that Japanese site, but let me summarize what’s written there. To make iced lemongrass tea, you need about 1/2 cup of lemongrass, cut into apx. 1 inch length, 500 mL boiling water and ice. Put the lemongrass leaves in a tea pot, pour in the boiling water, put the lid on and wait for 10 minutes. Then fill a glass with ice cubes and pour the warm lemongrass tea over them. Stir until the tea is completely cooled. For hot lemongrass tea, you need 4 Tbsp of cut lemongrass and 600 mL of boiling water. Brew the lemongrass tea as mentioned above for 5 minutes.
Hope you like the tea. Enjoy!

ghanima
I don’t think it has much taste, but it does smell like lemon, with some sweet aroma. I like it. :)

evangeline said...

lemon grass tea...mm sounds like a good idea!
i think i will try it next time!

yung-i said...

what is that pitcher-type thing in the background? it looks nifty!

K & S said...

good idea, and it sounds really refreshing!

obachan said...

evangeline
It's really aromatic. I think you'll like it.

yung-i
That's something that DOUTOR coffee (a Japanese franchise coffee shop) sells here and they call it "Bona Pot." It looks like this and mine is a green version. They say that it was originally a tool for brewing espresso coffee, but it can also be used for regular coffee or tea. It's convenient because you don't need paper filters.

k&s
It is. I think I like fresh lemongrass tea than dried one. :)

Evil Jonny said...

This is so interesting. Usually I simply discard my lemongrass leaves (the green portion) after using only the white portion in Southeast Asian cooking. Now you gave me some good ideas. Thanks!

obachan said...

You're welcome. :) I used to discard the green portion, too, and felt bad about it. This idea really made me happy.

Christine said...

Thank you so much for posting the recipe! I'm going to make some right now.

Dr.Gray said...

Lemon grass and green tea go together so well.