Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Frog Eggs in Sugar Cane (makes 2 glasses)


I grew up eating these seeds known as hột é in Vietnamese. It was a favorite for us young kids back in the day. When dropped in water these little seeds would expand quickly and become gelatinous. As a child (when I was living in Vietnam) I was fascinated by these because they reminded me of frog eggs with its black center and clear jelly-like outer casing. They require little effort to swallow as they are slippery going down your throat. I was in a department store in Soctrang (Vietnam) with my cousin Siu Hui and we saw these seeds. I bought a small bag as I couldn't remember the last time I ate them. While driving home we stopped on the side of the road for some cane juice to bring home. The vendor had a machine so it was quick and easy for her to make us 5 drinks to go. As I have previously mentioned (in past posting) my father once owned a similar machine and he used to squeeze these hard cane by turning the wheel manually. That was one tough job!

--extracting sugar cane with a machine
--cousin Sieu Hui on her scooter (Vietnam 2015)
Here are a few links that I found with some interesting information on these hột é or dried basil seeds and Basil.

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp hot e or dried basil seeds
1 cup water (room temperature)
1 cup fresh sugar cane juice (or more if you prefer a sweeter drink)
Juice from 1/2 a lime
Ice

Method:

1) Put the seeds in water for about 10 to 15 minutes or until they plump up.
2) Add cane juice, lime juice and ice. Stir or shake and serve.

after about 2 minutes
after 5 minutes
after 10 minutes
*Avoid putting the dried seeds in cold or ice water as they will not swell up as well.

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