Naturally sweetened hot drink: pear tea with sweet Chinese almond. One of my favourite hot Chinese drinks on the couch in the winter.

Nourishing and naturally sweetened hot drink: pear tea with sweet Chinese almond. One of my favorite hot drinks in the winter on the couch.

Hot drink: pear tea with Chinese almond

My body asks for sweetened hot drinks in the fall. And I don’t mean the sweet mulled wine (glühwein) or hot chocolate with whipped cream but soft, nourishing hot drinks. Such as this hot drink/ tea of ​​pears and Chinese almond.

According to the Dutch explanation of “tea” this pear drink is not tea because it does not contain any tea leaves. The Chinese word for tea (茶) on the other hand, includes more than just an extract of tea leaves.

“Pear – and almond cooking liquid sounds too much like a residual product. We just keep it on pear tea.”

Chinese drink a lot of hot drinks with ingredients that have a medicinal effect. Such as warm pear juice, which is soothing and nourishing for the body and especially beneficial for the lungs. And Chinese almonds would fight coughs and colds. I don’t know if this has been scientifically researched but I know it works for me!

My favourite hot Asian drink for the winter.

 

Chinese almonds are actually the cores of apricots.

Which pears and which almonds?

You only need two ingredients for this “tea”: pears and Chinese almonds.

See if you can find Asian (Nashi) pears at the Asian shop. They are crunchy and juicy like an apple and sweet like a pear, with a fresh sour taste. Traditionally this Asian pear is used for this recipe but from a Chinese doctor I have learned that “normal” pears are also fine. Conference are nicely sweet and Doyenne du Comice sweet with a sour taste; use the pear you like most.

It is very important to use ripe pears for this hot drink. Otherwise you will not get sweet pear tea.

The Chinese almonds (南 杏 / Nam Hang) that I use are actually the cores of apricot kernels. They have a strong almond flavour but they cannot be eaten raw. For this tea you cannot replace the Chinese almonds with normal almonds. This ingredient is only available at the Asian grocery shop. Please note that you do not accidentally take Chinese bitter almonds (北 杏 / Pak Hang), these two are often found next to each other.

Chinese pear and almonds  togethermake a nourishing and comforting hot tea drink

Naturally sweetened hot drink: pear tea with sweet Chinese almond. One of my favourite hot Chinese drinks on the couch in the winter.

The cooking time for 1 litre of pear drink is 45 minutes to an hour. Shorter is possible, but the tea will be less sweet. This tea is also delicious next day.

Sometimes the pears are so ripe that the tea turns brown. I solve that by cooking the peels of an (organic) lemon for a beautiful yellow colour. The lemon flavour is subtle.

Delicious hot Chinese winter drink

Tip: Together with this comforting and warming drink, also bake (one of) these vegan cookies with matcha, osmanthus and black sesame. Easily made and together with the pear tea they guarantee a cosy couch evening!

Asian shortbread with 3 different flavours

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Hot Drink: Pear Tea With Chinese Almond

Natuurlijk gezoete warme drank: perenthee met zoete Chinese amandel. Een van mijn favoriete warme Chinese dranken in de winter voor op de bank.

Naturally sweetened hot drink: pear tea with sweet Chinese almond. One of my favourite hot Chinese drinks on the couch in the winter.

  • Author: Kamwoj
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 1 litre 1x
  • Category: Beverage, Winter, Easy
  • Method: Method: cooking
  • Cuisine: Chinese
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Ingredients

  • 3 ripe pears
  • 2 tbsp Chinese almonds, Nam Hang (南 杏)
  • 1 organic lemon for the colour *, optional

Instructions

  1. Peel the pears and remove the core (with a melon scoop or small knife)
  2. Rinse the almonds.
  3. If you use the lemon peels: only use the yellow outer skin, not the white part underneath.
  4. Put pears, almonds, lemon peels and 1 litre of water in a pan. Bring to boil. Set the heat source low and let the tea boil gently for 45 minutes. Remove the lemon peels. Pour the tea into cups, with or without almonds and pear.

Notes

* The zest of the lemon gives the tea a nice yellow colour and a subtle lemon flavour.

Keywords: Hot drink, Pear, Winter, Tea, Chinese almond, hot drink, Chinese, comforting

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