Winter Melon Tea - Dong Gua Cha

by Emily
(Canada)

7/11 convenience store sells this beverage made of grass jelly and winter melon

7/11 convenience store sells this beverage made of grass jelly and winter melon

7/11 convenience store sells this beverage made of grass jelly and winter melon The dark color is given by the grass jelly, winter melon has a lighter color Grass jelly package Grass jelly and lei cha in a Hakka restaurant

Does dong gua cha (winter melon tea) count as a popular taiwanese beverage?

Answer


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).

Comments for Winter Melon Tea - Dong Gua Cha

Aug 19, 2011
LOVE dong gua cha!!
by: Andy Drinkard

I'm an American who lived in Taiwan for 18 months, and this is the one thing I really knew I'd miss badly.

Luckily for me, I found it in a Chinese supermarket here in Atlanta. 24 cans for $9.99. YES!!

As for the taste, my first two thoughts were:
Graham Crackers
Cookies-n-cream milkshake

I've made several Americans try it, and about 2/3 of them like it.

Jun 15, 2011
honey dew?
by: Anonymous

It actually tastes nothing like honey dew.

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The fruit not for sure, but the tea yes, it tastes somewhat as honey dew to me. Do you have any better similarity?

Luca

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