Es Cincau – Project 365: Day 112

by matt on June 12, 2010

Es CincauEs Cincau is a traditional Indonesian (SE Asian) drink.  This particular one is made with grass jelly cubes, sweet condensed milk, ice and topped with cocopandan syrup.

If you are like me you are probably wondering what the heck grass jelly is.  It’s made by boiling the leaves of Mesona palustris with potassium carbonate and a little starchThe liquid is then cooled into a jello consistency and cut up into cubes.  Mesona is actually a genus in the mint family (Lamiaceae).

Cocopandan syrup is made from coconut and pandan leaves.  It’s sweet and tasty and adds a nice colorful touch to this drink, although it’s more of a dessert in my opinion if you can’t suck it up in a straw.

On a hot humid day in Southeast Asia this is the stuff that really hits the spot.  It will refresh your insides and chill the beads of sweat dripping off your forehead.

I took this photo with a single flash, a Canon 430EXII with a Lumiquest Softbox III attached.  I positioned the flash camera left and a bit above the drink.

Canon 5DII | Tamron 28-75 | 1/125th sec. @ f/2.8 | ISO 100

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