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honey lemon watercress drink

May 20, 2009

The only use for Watercress that I know of, is to make the savoury Watercress Soup boiled over time with pork bones and red dates. Watercress is a nutritious vegetable chock full of vitamins and minerals especially phenylethyl isothiocyanate, known to fight cancer.

I had tried the Honey Watercress Drink in Singapore, once. However, it did not convince me enough to replicate the drink until our recent trip to Hong Kong. On the last day of the trip, we had planned to take the Airport Express from Kowloon Station. Thanks to the efficient ‘In Town Check-In‘ service offered (available at Hong Kong Station too) to select Airlines by the Airport, we checked in our luggages early and had ample time to explore more before our flight at 8pm. Tired of walking, we decided to give Full Moon Restaurant a shot. The restaurant is located near the train station in Elements (Kowloon). If you happen to be there, try the delicious crispy noodles topped with crab sauce and of course, the lovely Honey Watercress Drink.

So in the week I got back home, I decided to make the drink which I believe have ‘cooling’ properties as our weather had been especially hot and humid lately. I surfed the net looking for recipes and after a few tries, adapted it to my own tastes. I am happy with the result. In fact I just made a batch on Monday, hopefully to soothe W’s mouth ulcer. So here goes.



> 3 Bundles of Watercress

> 18 Dried Red Dates (6 Red Dates to 1 Bundle)

> Rock Sugar (approx 4x4x4cm)

> Water (approx 1.5L to 1 Bundle of Watercress)

> Honey

> Lemon Slices

Boil a pot of Water. Toss the Watercress, Red Dates and Rock Sugar into the boiling water. After adding the ingredients, allow the mixture to come to a boil. Boil a further 10 mins. Lower the fire and simmer for 2 hours. After 2 hours, let the pot and contents cool. Add honey and lemon to taste.


Of course, the recipe had been adapted to my liking after a few tries. Go ahead and vary the amounts to taste. Enjoy!