Iced Coffee With Rice Balls (Gafa-Yen Lua-mit)


In Thailand you will see a lot of small street stores selling colourful looking drinks in large glass 'vats'. When you buy a drink the store keeper will scoop out a glass of the liquid and put it into a plastic bag with ice, sealing it with a rubber band to make it water tight. To drink it, you put a straw in through the opening. For sweet drinks it's common to see treats added, for example tapioca gummy balls (in the style of Taiwanese 'Bubble Tea'), or like this one, sticky rice balls in iced milk coffee. If you can obtain large straws they are better for this drink, as the sticky rice balls are normally sucked through the straw.

Ingredients for 2 Drinks
100 ml Brewed Espresso Coffee
300 ml Milk
3 Tablespoons Sugar

Preparation for Ice Coffee
1. Brew the espresso coffee
2. Add 3 tablespoons of sugar and stir until dissolved.
3. Add 300 ml milk.
4. Taste the mix, it should be sweeter than you want, as it will not taste as sweet when it is ice cold.
5. Chill in the fridge.
6. Serve in a glass with crushed ice and the rice balls added.

Ingredients for The Balls
Red, Green and Yellow Food Colouring
9 Tablespoons Sticky Rice Flour (3 tablespoons for each colour)
4 1/2 Tablespoons Rose Water (1 1/2 tablespoons for each colour)
300 ml Cold Water
Water for boiling

Preparation for the Balls
1. The colours need to be made up separately, steps 2 - 4 should be repeated for the red, green and yellow shapes in separate cups.
2. Drop the red food colorings into a cup and add 1 1/2 tablespoons of rose water.
3. Add 3 tablespoons of sticky rice flour to the cup and mix to a paste.
4. Pinch off small amounts of the paste and roll into tiny (corn sized) balls, or small sausages.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 for yellow and for green food colouring.
6. Boil water in a saucepan and drop the balls and sausages into the boiling water.
7. They will swell slightly when cooked, it only takes a couple of minutes. One cooked, scoop them out with a sieve and drop into the cold water.

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