Hmong* Mint & Cucumber Cooler
Categories: Asian, Beverage, Ethnic, Hmong, Laotian
Yield: 4-8 servings
[*HISTORICAL NOTE:The Hmong people are a mountain tribal group that inhabit the mountains of Viet nam, Laos, Thailand, Burma & parts of Southern China. Many of them were recieved as refugees at the end of the Viet Nam War. I had the distinct pleasure of working with & knowing many of these great people while serving in Nam. ]
1 ea Hmong cucumber-melon*
Sugar to taste
6 ea Mint leaves
Cold water as required
*NOTE: If you cannot get an Hmong melon then you may use either a bitter melon or a honeydew melon.
Cut your cucumber in 1/2 lengthwise.
Use a spoon to scoop out seeds.
Scrape out flesh with a fork then deposit flesh into a bowl.
Puree this flesh in a blender to make it smooth.
For every cup of flesh , stir in 2 tb sugar along with 4 mint leaves.
Stir hard to dissolve your sugar as well as bruise your mint.
Some bubbles will appear.
Taste so you can be sure there is a nicely sweet flavor then add 1/2 cup water per each 1 cup of flesh while stirring to mix well.
Serve over shaved or crushed ice or cover & refrigetate for up to 12 hrs.
ORIGIN: Bral Hrul, Helana-MT, circa 1993