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Taiwanese White Gourd Juice: Perfect Evocation of Cookies

Jim Leff Jun 16, 2009 10:24 AM

You can find many different brands of Chinese white-gourd juice, but Tai Sun brand, from Taiwan, is crazy. It tastes like cookies...every memory you have of cookies transformed into juice. This isn't what they were trying for. And there's really no reason for it. But that doesn't mean it's not true.

You can order it (or click on the photo thumbnails to expand) here:

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    cemott3rd RE: Jim Leff Jun 26, 2009 06:00 AM

    Great stuff! I used to drink it in Cambodia where it is called doc-da-lot.

    1. Wondermachine RE: Jim Leff Jun 26, 2009 07:09 AM

      Hmm... interesting. There are a few Chinese food markets near me. I'm seriously intrigued.

      What kind of cookies? And do you mean it's so packed with sugar that it's sweet like a cookie?

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        parabolicaer RE: Wondermachine Jun 26, 2009 07:30 AM

        It's definitely a sweet drink. I'm not sure I'd describe it as a cookie though (unless Jim's had cookies I've never tried before). Taiwanese white gourd juice certainly has a pleasantly distinctive taste.

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          SpupEh RE: parabolicaer Aug 30, 2009 11:19 PM

          yeah I find it's just as refreshing diluted half-and-half with water. I also like it mixed with coconut rum over ice in a tall glass...mmmmm!

      2. Bambellini RE: Jim Leff Jun 26, 2009 09:47 AM

        Wow, this sounds really interesting! I wonder if I can juice the gourd myself... I've seen them sold in Chinatown, never was quite sure what it was, but it didn't look half as interesting as your description... I just bought a juicer, so I think I will give it a try!

        BTW I found another great description of the juice here: http://www.ctmuseumquest.com/?page_id...

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          huaqiao RE: Bambellini Jun 26, 2009 10:28 AM

          I'm not sure how this is made, but I think it's quite a bit more complicated than just juicing the gourd. It's often sold as a brown sugar/winter melon "brick".

          A lot of Chinese markets will also sell this in larger plastic containers next to the soy milk if you want something a little fresher than the canned variety. Or you could just buy a brick and make it yourself. All you do is dissolve it in water.

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            parabolicaer RE: huaqiao Jun 26, 2009 01:59 PM

            Now that you mention it, it does have that brown sugar taste. That could explain the cookie comment.

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            LINDUTCH RE: Bambellini Jun 26, 2009 11:21 AM

            Thanks for the very informative link, a fun read! Might just have to look for this stuff!

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            hermex RE: Jim Leff Jun 28, 2009 11:39 PM

            I am drinking white gourd juice from a slightly rusty can, and my god, it tastes like cookies. Specifically oatmeal cookies, and a hint of ameretti. It's also kind of like hazelnut-flavored non-dairy creamer. I want more of this cookie juice!

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              smalt RE: Jim Leff Jun 29, 2009 07:27 AM

              Hmm...picture on the can looks more like an opo than a wintermelon...Interesting. Will have to look for a can and look closer on my next shopping trip.

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                huaqiao RE: Jim Leff Jun 29, 2009 09:55 AM

                BTW, the three characters in the Chinese name translate as: 冬 = winter, 瓜 = melon/gourd, 茶 = tea.

                So winter melon drink seems more appropriate than white gourd juice, but I'm not a translator so what do I know? :)

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                  Jim Leff RE: huaqiao Jun 29, 2009 03:56 PM

                  Yeah, it's winter melon.

                  But it tastes like cookies.

                2. bigjeff RE: Jim Leff Sep 17, 2009 05:02 PM

                  try also palm juice (not sure of the brand but we had it at a thai place in elmhurst, queens, ayada) and it tastes like cereal! wheat-y, sweet, just delicious.

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                    Steve RE: Jim Leff Sep 17, 2009 07:22 PM

                    The gourd drink I get at my local Vietnamese market tastes like liquid cotton candy.

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                      smart_tart RE: Jim Leff May 11, 2010 12:09 PM

                      I first tasted this fantastic juice in Thailand and was gifted a case of it which I had to part with, sadly.
                      I've narrowed it down to the taste of the milk left in your bowl after having been soaked with sweet cereal. Anyone agree?
                      Where can I pick some up in NYC?

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