We're talking about food today, specifically making it. I have 1 recipe for you for a delicious summer drink/snack. I learned this one from my mom, and it's so ridiculously simple that even I can't screw it up.
Ai Yu Bing
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This is basically the Taiwanese equivalent of lemonade for those hot summer days.
1 can of Ai Yu (preferably made in Taiwan)
1 lemon or lime
1-2 cups of water
Honey / Some kind of sweetener (sugar, agave nectar)
Optional substitute for sweetener: 1 can of 7-Up / Sprite / Canada Dry
Optional ingredient: 1 can of almond jelly
1. You can get cans of Ai Yu (and almond jelly) at most reasonably stocked Asian supermarkets. When you open the can, the jelly will be one big slab (column?) of jelly.
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2. My mom usually makes enough for 4-5 people, so that's like a regular pot-sized amount of this. I think she uses an entire can of jelly. If you're just making one bowl of it, use half the can-slab.
Cut the jelly into smaller pieces (whatever size you like for eating/drinking).
Do the same for the almond jelly if you're using that too.
3. Add as much water as you want. This depends on how much you want to drink/eat and how many people you're serving.
4. Squeeze lemon juice into the mix. Again, this is to your taste. If you like more lemony flavor, use the entire lemon. Stir a bit.
5. Add honey/sweetener to taste. Stir it all up.
5a. Instead of using a sweetener, my mom adds a can of 7-Up/Sprite/Canada Dry. The sweetness from the soda works as the sweetener, while also giving you more liquid (you can use less water). It also has the delightful side effect of making the drink bubbly.
(Traditionally, the drink is made without the soda.)
6. Then ice cube up the entire thing like you would lemonade.
Then you get a nice bowl of this:
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Enjoy! See you all Wednesday!