Wednesday 2 March 2016

Dried Haw Slices with Apple Honey Tea

Heard of Chinese Hawthorne? Er ... What's that? Do you like to eat Haw Flakes ? ... Er ... what's Haw Flakes ? ... Do you like "Zhan Zha", 山楂饼 ? {In Mandarin, the Chinese Hawthorne is pronounced as "Zhan Zha"(mountain berry)} Yes ! Well, my big kids know only 山楂饼, as they like to munch this sour sweet reddish thinly sliced titbits in cylindrical wrapped paper.

But I'm not going to make 山楂饼 for them. Instead,  make this sour sweet drink or dessert soup cos it is not uncommon to them that I've made quite often when they were young.  Once I asked the owner of the traditional herb shop what drinks I could make to whet the young kids' appetites?  I was given this very easy recipe : Water + dried haw slices + some apples + some honey or rock sugar and boil about 25 minutes.  Because of the sour sweet taste (I think), it helped to whet their appetites ... hee.. hee.. Occasionally, I made this as tea or dessert, served hot or chilled to enjoy be it on cold or humid weather.

Dried Haw Slice with Apple Honey Tea
Serves 4 pax
Water about 2 litres
Dried Haw Slices 50g
Red Cooking Apples 4 (peeled, cored and cut into big chunks)
Honey 2 - 3 tablespoons to taste

1) Wash the dried haw slices a few times. Ensure that any small seeds are removed. Drain and discard the water.

2) Put all the ingredients (except honey) in a cooking pot with about 2 litres of water and boil over medium flame. Once boiled, lower the flame to low-medium and continue to boil for about 20 minutes or till you could smell the fruity fragrance infused into the tea.

3) Stir in the honey when the soup is warm.  Serve as drinks or as dessert. Warm or chilled to your preference.

Do adjust the sweetness to your preference.

Here's how we enjoy this dried haw infused & apple honey fragrance drinks :
Enjoy a cup of dessert drink with some soft apples
Serving a  bowl of sour sweet dessert
After meal, have a cup of warm sour sweet fruity honey tea ease indigestion.
Relaxing and enjoying a cup of Dried Haw Slices with
Apple Honey Tea in my cosy corner
Hope you enjoy this sour sweet fruity fragrance honey tea in any ways, much like we do :)
Have a great weekend ahead ! 
Submitting this post to Little Thumbs Up March 2016 Theme Honey which is organised by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen from My Little Favourite DIY, and hosted by Joycescapade.


  1. Hi Karen, thanks for linking up. :) This tea sounds so fragrant and refreshing! I'd love a cup please. :)

    1. Hi Joyce,
      Surely my pleasure! Thank you too for hosting the event :)

  2. Hi Karen,

    Thanks for showing me how to make this lovely tea... I'm feeling a little heaty these days and will need to cool my inner health with this tea :)


  3. Hi Karen, never have heard of Dried Haw before, sounds like an amazing tea drink.

    1. Hi Cheri,
      Hee ... hee.. amazing with the effect to increase one's appetite ^-^!

  4. I am dieheart tea lover... I am gonna try this for sure

  5. I always have some in my pantry :-) Love the natural sourness of them. The tea looks very tasty, karen.

  6. I've tasted Zhan Zha long, long ago when I was a kid. But yet to try out this tea, looks good and refreshing!

  7. I've tasted Zhan Zha long, long ago when I was a kid. But yet to try out this tea, looks good and refreshing!

  8. I've tasted Zhan Zha long, long ago when I was a kid. But yet to try out this tea, looks good and refreshing!

  9. Hi ! Good morning my dear ... 今天周末可以来和你喝茶了。哈哈哈

  10. This is lovely, Karen. I can imagine how delicious this tea must taste. Cheers to a great week ahead, my lovely blog friend!

  11. Thanks for your compliment, Sharon. You too have a great week ahead ^-^!

  12. Hi Karen, I used to boil and simmer hawthorne with green apples and have it as a tonicto lower LDL and for slimming. Never thought of adding honey and eating the apples. Great idea.

    1. Hi Kimmy,
      For slimming ?.. hmm .. It works well to ease indigestion for me though.


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