Friday, February 12, 2010

Shark's fin melon barley drink

Sokehah Cheah | 3:35 PM | | |

  
It's the norm that the CNY period is always hot and humid.  This scenario is further aggravated by the constant baking and deep frying of CNY goodies in the kitchen.  Thus, this prompted me to make this barley drink with shark's fin melon to help cool down our system as we really need plenty of this cooling drink in this hot weather.






Shark's fin melon grown in the Cameron Highlands.  Why is it called shark's fin melon?  You'll see in a minute.


Upon  cooking, the flesh of the melon can be taken out in shreds and don't they resemble shark's fin?


 This crunchy 'shark's fin' drink is indeed very refreshing and nutritious, and it can be taken warm or chilled ...... Gulp, gulp!

Recipe for Shark's fin melon barley drink

Ingredients
  • 900 gm shark's fin melon
  • 30 gm barley
  • 200 gm  preserved honey dates
  • 3.5 litre water
  • Rock sugar to taste
Preparation
  1. Wash the melon, cut off the skin and chop the melon into 6 pieces.
  2. In a pot, add in 3.5 litre water, barley , preserved honey dates and chopped melon.
  3. Let it boil for about 1.1/2 hours on medium and low heat.
  4. Taste for sweetness and rock sugar can be added as desired.
  5. Use a spoon to scrape off the 'shark's fin' from the melon.
  6. Ladle into bowls and serve.
  7. Can be served warm or chilled.

12 comments:

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  1. I want to try that! It's so new and refreshing to me.

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  2. Oh yep...melon shreds do look like shark's fins....barley and shark's fins must be wonderful together.

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  3. Oh it's from my hometown! :) I can't get it here in Melbourne though!

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  4. This look so refreshing, I must cook in one of this day.

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  5. Hi Cheah,
    I want to have a bowl of those shark-fin's melon tong sui...the weather is so humid and hot and this is so good for the body. Cooling for the body ya. I will boil this for sure :) Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. I super love this kind of dessert. Looks sooo delicious! HHmmm...mm...

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  7. tigerfish
    Yes, it's something new. You can also cook this savoury.

    Angie
    Yes, it's so refreshing especially when it's chilled.

    3 hungry tummies
    Sad that you can't get it in Melbourne, then you'll need to substitute with winter melon, 'toong kua'.

    Sonia
    Yes,good to make this in this extremely hot weather.

    Elin
    It helps to cool down our body, more so now with so much baking and cooking in the steamy kitchen!

    Kristy
    Yes, I can gulp down at least 3 bowls at one go! It's sooooo hot nowadays!

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  8. What a neat new ingredient to learn about! And the drink sounds so unique! I'll have to look for Shark's fin melon!

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  9. wow looks like real shark's fin! Delicious!

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  10. I love all kinds of soup. This look great and I wonder if I can get this type of melon in the US. Wishing you and your family A Happy and Prosperous New Year. May the year of tiger brings you lots of happinesss, health and wealth.

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  11. I have never seen this kind of melon before. Very interesting. I would love to be able to get hold and make this drink

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  12. 5 Star Foodie
    When I first saw this melon in the market, thought it was unique too!

    pigpigscorner
    Yes resembles shark's fin but very much more affordable, ha, ha!

    ICook4Fun
    Not sure about that. Wishing you and your loved ones A Very Happy and Blessed New Year, too!

    penny
    3 hungry tummies said she can't find it in Melbourne.

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