Winter Melon Tea - Dong Gua Cha
7/11 convenience store sells this beverage made of grass jelly and winter melon
Does dong gua cha (winter melon tea) count as a popular taiwanese beverage?
Yes, Emily, winter melon (wax gourd) is also used as a soft drink.
It is prepared cooking the juice with caramel. It tastes similar to honey dew.
Often is also used as a syrup, used as topping to desserts. Others add lemon or even oolong tea!
I found this lovely page about a small dong gua cha shop in Tainan
with a lot of good pictures.
Cans are sold in supermarket and convenience stores and I found in a 7/11 this combination of grass jelly and winter melon.
It is quite good and not too sweet because mix the medicinal fragrance of the grass jelly and the honey of the winter melon.
You can also see as it looks like in the Chinese Wikipedia
Beside being used as a drink or as the filling for fengli su
, winter melon is more widely used in soups (and this is the way I have normally tasted it).