During my stay in Bali, I was introduced to several interesting ingredients which I never heard of due to their subtropical origins and Asam Kranji is one of them.
So what is Asam Kranji?
Asam Kranji is a tropical fruit tree, which produces grape-sized edible fruits with brown hard inedible shells. An interesting fact is that it is only ready for harvest once every 3 years, between January to April.
The fruit has a sweet-sour taste similar to Tamarind. Compared to Tamarind, however, it is sweeter, drier and more powder-like; its shell is also thicker.
Asam Kranji usually eaten as a candy like snack; often dried, sugar-coated and spiced with chilli. The dried fruit has a powdery texture and is orange in colour with a tangy flavour.
Asam Kranji is very popular in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The bartenders at PTT Folk played with the ingredient and came up with the following cocktails.
Cocktail Recipe – Velvet Lemonade
40ml Velvet Tamarind syrup*
40ml Fresh Lemon juice
Top up Soda water
Pour all ingredients in glass over ice and gently stir. Garnish.
*Velvet Tamarind Syrup
400gm Velvet tamarind
200gm Still water
350gm Caster Sugar
Bring peeled velvet tamarind to boil with water for 5 min. Add sugar and slowly stir until sugar dissolve. Strain off the seeds & cool down to room temperature, bottle and keep refrigerated.
Bartender’s Note: Tamarind plum has sweet and sour flavour, which nicely complements citrusy and floral notes of gin as well as brown spirits such as aged brandies and aged rums.