Monday, December 3, 2007

Basil Seed Drink (Nuoc Hot E)

Unlike most American kids who grew up drinking soda pop, I grew up with soybean, pennyworth and basil seed drinks. As I got older, I transitioned to fresh soy milk and juiced my own pennyworth drinks, but I had no idea that I could make basil seed drink from scratch until a recent visit to the oriental market. I saw a little pouch of black basil seeds and couldn't wait to run home to make my drink. It looks and feels like tiny eyeballs, but is very fun to drink!

  • 1 tbsp dried Thai basil seeds
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp raw cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 drops banana essence
  • Crushed Ice
  • Diced Toddy palm seeds (optional)
Pour boiling water into a glass bowl. Drop in basil seeds and wait 10 minutes until they’ve swelled into what looks like tadpoles. Strain.
Warm up ½ cup of water and dissolve sugar and honey. Mix this syrup with the remaining 1 ½ cup of water. Add a couple drops of banana essence or whatever flavor you like and stir. Chill.
For the basic basil seed drink, you just mix everything together and pour over some crushed ice. I was craving a snack, so I diced up some Toddy palm seeds and added it to the mix.


Drago said...

Hi Tia,

All of the dishes look amazing and I am planning to prepare as many of them as I can.
Thanks for sharing them with us.

Tia Nguyen said...

Thanks, Drago! I'm glad you like my recipes. :) Let me know how the dishes turn out for you or if you have any questions. Cheers.

Kitty said...

My brother used to tell me those were frog eyes when we had them as kids... I didn't much of it after that. haha

Tia Nguyen said...

Oh no! He ruined it for you. :( I also told my 5 yr-old niece that they are frog eyeballs, but I think that made her like it even more! :)

Ina said...

I looove basil seed drinks! I didn't know you could make them yourself... Thanks for this!

Edward Vu said...

Aloha, maybe add chia seeds for extra nutrition. Enjoy