Today is definitely the wrong day to prepare this cooling drink. It rains from morning till evening and it is very cold. However, I had bought the red sugar cane (teik chia or bamboo cane) for a few days already and I do not want to store it any longer.
So, I boil it anyway.
I bought a bunch of three sugar canes from the market for maybe RM2. The sweet old lady told me it is good to be boiled with water chestnuts. So, I bought a packet of water chestnuts to try. Actually, this is the first time I tried boiling ‘ma thai teik chia’ as all the while, I ordered them from the coffee shop.
I peeled the water chestnuts (actually my hubby did that ‘cos I have no patience for things like these, probably slicing off pieces of my finger nails if I am to do it) and cut the sugar canes into 4 inches length and split them up.
I added a cube of rock sugar and boil them for about an hour until the water turns a little greenish and murky. I tasted it and it seems like those sold by the coffee shop.
Sometimes, those coffee shops have their versions with ginseng roots or barley too.
Try it. Another Ubah Gaya Hidup DIY kopitiam cooling drink. LOL, if I keep churning out more DIY recipes, my friends are going to think that I have turned into a pauper and have no money to eat out. Never mind….Better to brace for the worst. Make hay while the sun shines.