Red Dates Longan Tea
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Tasty and warming Red Dates Longan Tea. The dried longans impart sweetness and a slight hint of smokiness. This tea is also popular as a confinement drink for postpartum women.
Recipe type: Desserts and Drinks
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 10
  • 150 g dried red dates (about 2 cups)
  • ½ cup to 1 cup of dried longan (depending how sweet you'd like)
  • 1 dried sugar coated tangerine (橘饼) - optional
  • 12 cups water
  • Sugar to taste
  1. Briefly rinse the dried red dates. Cut into small pieces. This is for presentation purposes. You may skip this step and use the whole dried red date if you wish.
  2. Place the dried red dates, dried longan, dried orange and water into a soup pot. Bring to a boil then simmer for about 30 to 40 minutes. Add sugar to taste if desired.
  3. To serve, scoop some longans and dates into individual cups and pour the tea.
Thermal Cooker Instructions.
  1. Place all ingredients into the inner pot of a thermal cooker. Bring to a boil and keep it boiling rapidly for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove lid and add sugar to taste. Bring back to a rolling boil. This will take about 30 seconds. Transfer the inner pot into the thermal cooker and leave inside for 2 to 8 hours.
Cooking Notes
This red dates longan tea is cooked in a 5.2L thermal cooker. You may have to adjust the quantity if you're using a different sized cooker.
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