© Used with very kind permission of Ian David Blum.

SE Asians often have a glass of water or occassionally fruit juice, typically sweetened lime juice, with their meal. Nearly always there is a container of potable water in the dining area and patrons or diners usually dip the cup and drink one or two cups immediately following the meal. This is to some extent a palate refresher and a mouth/teeth freshener . It's something I have gotten very used to. (I also enjoy Pepsi with Lao or Isaan food and Coke at any other time ;)

A refreshing light sparkling fruit cooler with a spicy meal is ideal. In fact this is quite lucky as there  is no need for the high sugar content of fruit shakes with a meal as all the energy requirements are provided with the food eaten including a significant proportion of fast available carbohydrate starches from things like rice. The other aspect is that the flavour and freshness go so well with a flavoursome selection of Asian dishes.

A low sugar cooler has less than 20 calories of energy compared to many fruit shakes or smoothies which may have approximately 300 Calories. Which is not a criticism when the smoothie is taken to enjoy an energy boost plus a quota of dairy and fruit. Nothing much better  :)

  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 3/4 cup sparkling water, soda or whatever you prefer that is sugar free.
  • 1/3 cup of melon or berries
  • Chopped mint leaves or citrus slices (optional)
  1. Place ice, sparkling water, and fruit in a blender.
  2. Blend until slushy, pour into a glass and garnish with mint or citrus slices.