I've been cooking with lemongrass a lot lately and rather than toss the leaves into the compost bin as I usually do, I've been turning them into tra xa (Vietnamese lemongrass tea). Again, this would be one of those non-recipe recipes except that I just liked my pictures so much, I thought I'd share.
The glass is from a set that I nabbed from my mom when I was Portland last month. Actually, I raided her cupboards and she let me take what I liked. I took a lot. :)
The teapot below was only $6.95 at The Wok Shop in San Francisco's Chinatown.
I have really horrible lighting in my kitchen -- a small window over the sink and a half-covered window on the other side of my dining table. Sometimes though, as the sun sets, I get marginally better lighting. I think I just liked these photos for the way the light and shadows shifted from one moment to the next. All in all, from the first picture to the last, only eight minutes had passed. I shot off about 50 photos as I played with placement of the teapot and the glass, which object to focus on, and tying off lemongrass leaves.
At 5:06 p.m.
At 5:07 p.m.
At 5:08 p.m.
At 5:12 p.m.
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At 5:15 p.m.
Oh yeah, and the lemongrass tea recipe.
Tra Xa (Vietnamese Lemongrass Tea)
After chopping off the bottom white stalk for various recipes (use the search bar and type in lemongrass), wash the leaves and scrunch or tie them up and place in a teapot.
Boil water and pour into the pot. Let steep for a minute or so and you've got a lovely non-caffeinated tea.
If you have too many lemongrass leaves, you can chop them up, dry them out, and save them for later pots of tea.
My other Vietnamese drink recipes:
Ca Phe Sua Da / Ca Phe Sua Nong (Vietnamese Milk Coffee Iced / Vietnamese Milk Coffee Hot)
Chanh Muoi (Vietnamese Salty Lemonade)
Rau Ma (Vietnamese Pennywort Juice)
Sinh To Bo (Vietnamese Avocado Shake)
Sinh To Ca Chua (Vietnamese Tomato Shake)
Sinh To Dam (Vietnamese Aloe Vera Shake)
Tra Atiso (Vietnamese Artichoke Tea)
1 year ago today, Mi Hoanh Thanh (Vietnamese Wonton Noodle Soup).
2 years ago today, Vietnamese-American-owned Cajun crawfish at The Boiling Crab - Alhambra (Valley Blvd.).