Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Homemade Starfruit Juice

TW & I discovered a cheaper alternative to get our sundries. Forget the cool comfort of strolling through the aisles of air conditioned hypermarkets, pasar malam (night market) is the way to go. Sure, it's like a huge can of sardines there but if you think of it, the price that you pay and the quality of the produce that you get is well worth it. Cheap and fresh, need we say more?

So we've been frequenting the pasar malam near our place, and it's been great so far. We made a mental note on our favourite stalls and started to take note of those cut throat ones too.

We stumbled upon a starfruit stall
on our first visit. One big basket of fresh glistening starfruit for only 3 bucks! By now you must believe cheap, if not fresh. :)

There were about 20 of them, some were already ripe while the rest still have that lovely greenish tinge. After the excitement of '3 bucks for 20' died down, the question of 'what the heck are we going to do with it' came to mind. Why, starfruit juice of course!

Here are behind the scene pictures, the making of a 'star'fruit....(ok, it doesn't sound right but I'm trying my best to create a pun here).

clean the fruit, remove the hard ridges at the sides and seeds as well, cut into strips (it's best to wait till the fruit is really ripe before juicing)

dump all of them in the blender, i used about 10 fruits here (you can blend half of the quantity 1st and add in the rest later on)

blend away (add about a tablespoon of sugar + 3/4 cup of water + a pinch of salt)
Use a muslin lined sieve to drain out the juice, squeeze the pulp to drain out every last drop!

voila!! fresh starfruit juice
Pop the juice into the refrigerator for an hour or so before drinking. Enjoy!

Note: it was recently published that starfruit juice can be toxic for kidney patients. Check out the article here.

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