Red envelops on the table, gathering of families, and delicious food everywhere, it is finally that time of the year again. Tet holiday is a traditional holiday that happens in Vietnam around the beginning of the year. It is a tradition that celebrates the start, and a new year that is ahead of us. A day filled with lots of laughter, beautiful colors and of course, being stuff with incredible food. This would probably be my favorite holiday ever.
Every Tet Holiday, my family would make a dish with lotus seeds. It is called Lotus Seeds Dessert Soup. This is something we have been making for a while now, and it is starting to become a tradition in our household. I think it contributes a lot to our family tradition, especially. Everyone would gather around the table at the end of meal, and share this dish. This was my grandma on my dad’s side recipe. She didn’t really have a recipe to follow, since she do everything by eye. But I manage and tried to write one down even though it has 4 ingredients. My grandma doesn’t make this dessert anymore, but now my mom have officially tooken over and make it for us instead. I think that this dish is very special to my family and I. I will try to continue to keep this tradition going. It is so simple to make and its such a refreshing dish to make in the hot days of Tet.
1/2 kg of lotus seeds
1 L of water
A little more than 1/8 kg of rock sugar
3 slices of ginger
In a big sauce pan, pour both the rock sugar and water in and wait for it to come to a boil. After this, place all of the slices of ginger into the boiling water and wait for 1 to 2 minutes. At this point, you can taste the water to see if its sweet enough for your liking. A tip is that you should make the water a bit sweeter than your liking because you would add ice into this dish later on. It taste a lot better when its cold! Then you would poor in the lotus seeds and wait for it to be cook. Simple as that! A specific time to cook the lotus seeds can not be given because it would depend on what kind of lotus seeds you have.
The last step would be to poor some of this lovely and refreshing soup into a bowl or cup, add some ice and enjoy!