Baby Corn and Winter Melon Drink

Baby Corn and Winter Melon Drink

Baby Corn and Winter Melon Drink

Soup Name:

Baby Corn and Winter Melon Drink

Traditional Chinese Name:

玉米筍糖冬瓜水 (yù mǐ sǔn táng dōng guā shuǐ)

 

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An easy to make sweet drink that can be served both hot and cold.  Tasting mildly of corn and winter melon, it’s a great drink for hot summer days and is ideal in relieving heatiness in the body.

This drink is cooling and perfect for hot summer days or helping the body dispel excess heat (or yang).

 

What’s involved?

4Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 70 mins

Serves: 6 cups

Ingredients

 

Cooking Instructions

  1. Boil water
  2. Wash the baby corn and comb through the silk to make sure it’s clean
  3. When boiling, add all the ingredients together
  4. Boil on high for 10 minutes and then can put on medium heat for another 20 minutes
  5. Serve and enjoy!
  6. Can be served cold (just add ice)!

Any benefits?

  • This is a great tea for BBQ’ing or hotpot as it’s cooling and removes heat from the body
  • It can served as a tea or soup
  • It is vegetarian, so perfect for any soup or tea drinker
  • This can be drank cold or hot (you’ll often find this as a heated drink served in the streets of Hong Kong)
  • You can make a big pot and store in the fridge for one week.  Just be sure to let it sit to room temperature or heat up before consumption
  • The corn silk is a great addition to help remove dampness and regulate blood sugar.  I’ve used baby corn silk, but you can use mature corn silk as well (the kind that comes with corn!).

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Baby Corn and Corn Silk

Ingredient Name:  Baby corn, baby maize, candle corn or corn shoots (as directly translated in Chinese)

Traditional Chinese Name: 玉米筍 (yù mǐ sǔn)

What is this?

  • A premature corn that has a relatively soft cob that can be eaten whole
  • They are normally 4.5 – 10 cm in length depending on when they were harvested
  • They are harvested around the time that the corn silk emerges from the ear tips (thereby enabling the harvester to also remove the corn silk – as shown above)

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in warm water and use

Where can I buy this?

  • This is available fresh in most Asian supermarkets
  • To find it with the corn silk is not common, but wet marts in Hong Kong will carry them (seasonally)
  • It’s not common to find it with the ears (as the corn will already be prepared)
  • Canned baby corn is most common and available in most supermarkets, though for usage in soups, it’s not recommended to use canned/processed baby corn – fresh is always best

What is the cost?

  • A bunch as picture above cost $5 HKD

Any benefits?

  • Corn contains healthy amounts of Thiamin (Vitamin B1), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Folate (Vitamin B9), Vitamin C and Magnesium
  • It is low in fat but high in dietary fibers

Any precautions?

  • Some people think that since it is a vegetable, it is a relatively complete substitute for many foods – however, corn has a lot of starch and should be eaten in conjunction with other vegetables and legumes

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