This lemongrass tea can be enjoyed both hot and cold, and I still haven’t decided which version I like the best, because they are both very good. In the winter, a cup of hot, soothing, lemongrass tea goes really well with a good book or your favorite Netflix series, and in the summer, nothing is more refreshing than a big glass of chilled lemongrass iced tea in the sun.
Notes by Chef Nge Nge, Tea Garden in Mae Sot:
The tea is sweetened with liquid sugar (also called simple syrup), which you can find in most supermarkets, but making your own is also very easy. Bring 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water to a boil at medium heat, and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
If you need more than the two glasses of of lemon tea that this recipe yields, you can just add more water, liquid sugar and lime. There is plenty of lemongrass in this recipe to make a whole pot of tea.
Remember to watch the video below, and see how the lemongrass tea changes color from light green to opaque white, when lime is added. It’s magic! 🙂
Borderline Collective & Tea Garden in Mae Sot – Thailand
Borderline Collective is located in Mae Sot, which is about the closest you get to Myanmar, while still being on the Thai side of the border. The shop/restaurant/art gallery/creative space was started with the purpose of supporting migrant and refugee women from Myanmar, by helping the women sell their handmade products. The women are organized in smaller, autonomous, collectives based in the small villages along the border, and Borderline Collective provides a space for the women to showcase their products, and thus reach a larger customer base.
Borderline Collective also runs a restaurant, Tea Garden, which is located right behind the shop. The food is vegetarian versions of delicious Myanmar food, and if you want to learn how to make the dishes, you can sign up for a cooking class, which also includes a tour to the local market.