Ginger tea

Ginger tea

Salabat

By
From
7000 Islands
Serves
4
Photographer
Jana Liebenstein

In the nine-day lead-up to Christmas, Filipinos rise at dawn for church services known as Misa de Gallo (literally Rooster’s Mass). My mother recalls dragging herself out of bed in anticipation of the big pot of ginger tea and native rice treats that followed. The warm sweet drink was just what one needed in the cool, crisp December weather and went a treat with kakanin (native treats).

This is all about ginger — lots of it. Once it’s ready, dilute with water and if it’s too spicy sweeten with honey to taste.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
200g piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
honey, to taste

Method

  1. Place the ginger and 1.5 litres water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes or until the flavours are infused. Remove from the heat and sweeten with honey, to taste.
  2. Strain the tea, if desired, then serve.
Tags:
Filipino
Philippines
Asian
South
East
SBS
7000
Islands
Islander
Yasmin
Newman
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