What would you drink for Summer time? Why don't you try Artichoke, Pandan leaves and Luo Han Gua (Monk fruit) drink?



  • 2 Artichokes

  • 6 frozen Pandan leaves (can find at any Asian supermarkets)

  • 1 dry Luo Han Guo (can find at any Chinese herbal stores)

  • 3 litres of water


Cooked artichokes, panda leaves and monk fruit in a pot.

Photo Credit: Hoang Nhi


Pour water to a big pot at high heat.

Break Luo Han Guo open, take out fruit and divide into small parts before putting in the cooking pot.

Add Artichokes and Pandan leaves into the pot as well. Cover lid until water gets boiled, and then lower the heat to medium.

Continue cook at medium heat for 10-15 minutes before turn off the heat.

Let the liquid cool completely. Remove artichokes, panda leaves and Luo Han Guo fruit with a slotted spoon.

Add sugar or syrup at your preferred sweetness (I usually add 3 tablespoons of organic granulated sugar)

Pour the drink into drink containers and store in a fridge to keep cool.

So tasty! A new drink creation for summer time.


My grandma always teach me how to eat healthy foods since I was a little girl. Artichoke and Luo Han Qua (monk fruit) drink is a well-known recipe in my family because they believe that it helps refreshing, detoxify, cool the liver, and drinking regularly help diuretic. When this recipe passed down to my generation, I still believe in it and I am now sharing with everyone because ‘sharing is caring’ . From the original recipe I add extra flavour from panda leaves that makes the drink taste sweeter, smell greater and get more benefits such as reduce stomach spasms and strengthen the gum.

I usually make artichokes, Luo Han Quo and pandan drink once a week and my husband even get hooked to this drink too. The only warning is that you may need to go to washroom more often than usual when drinking it, but that is how it helps you to detoxify your liver. It might be hard for you to find dry Luo Han Quo, but you can visit different Chinese herbal stores and make sure have pictures or name of the fruit since you might not enunciate the word right (that happened to me many times). Good luck and hope you like this recipe!

Happy blogging! Happy cooking!


Thai ice tea with tapioca pearls

  • Thai tea mix
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Cream or milk


Bring 4 cups of water to boil and add Thai tea mix (3 tsp. of the tea mix for 1 cup water)

While boiling, add 1 cup of sugar, and stir well. Continue cooking for 5 minutes

Remove from heat and let it cool down. Make sure to transfer the liquid tea mixture into a strainer over a glass jar.

Place in a fridge until cool.

Add cream (or you could use milk instead of cream if you don’t like the creamy taste), ice cubes and tapioca pearl (optional) when serving

Thai ice tea


Vietnamese condensed milk coffee

      • 2 Tablespoon Sweetened Condensed Milk
      • 3 Tablespoon Ground Coffee


  1. Pour the sweetened condensed milk in a tea-cup. Boil water
  2. Add about 3 table spoons of ground coffee and place into the filter chamber. Place and slightly press the filter press down on top of the coffee you just put.
  3. Pour a bit of hot water to wet the coffee. Wait 20 seconds for the water to sink into the coffee, and then add more water in till it is almost to the top of the filter chamber.
  4. Put the cap on to let the coffee to brew. Wait for coffee drip down (it takes about 3-5 minutes). While waiting, you can read couple pages of a book, or surf internet.
  5.  When it’s all done, stir to combine coffee and condensed milk together
  6. Taste and adjust to preference (if you prefer sweet, add 1 more tsp. sweetened condensed milk)

*You can add ice if you prefer to drink cold

vietnamese brew coffee

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