Orange and White Tea

I started writing this post sitting in a wooden homestead by the side of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, surrounded by coconut groves.

When I first arrived in Vietnam I was suffering from a nasty cough which many in the UK seemed to have gone down with recently which we nicknamed the hundred day cough.

The good weather and plentiful fresh fruit and vegetables in Vietnam certainly helped to shift it but it didn’t stop me trying a drink similar to this in Hoi An which reputed to make coughs disappear.

It didn’t quite manage that but it was a tasty drink with plenty of vitamin c from the fruit, antioxidants from the green tea and anti inflammatory ginger so certainly won’t do any harm.

The Vietnamese serve fruit with chilli and salt so the addition of both may sound a little strange but it works as long as you don’t go overboard.


  • One large handful of kumquats or one orange and half a lime
  • 1/2 inch of ginger peeled and thinly sliced
  • One small Thai chilli
  • White or green tea
  • One tsp honey
  • A pinch of salt


Give the fruit a good wash in hot water.

If using kumquats slice each in half and squeeze 3/4 in to a cup. Put the remaining 1/2 in to the cup unsqueezed.

If using oranges and limes, peel both fruit with a vegetable peeler and add the peel to the cup. Cut the fruit in half and squeeze in to the cup.

Add the ginger, chilli and salt.

Make the green or white tea in a jug and stir in the honey until dissolved. Pour the tea mixture over the fruit, ginger and chilli and serve immediately. Add more honey if required.