The other day the Husband went to play golf with some buddies. I had a craving for some Pho, so I decided to go get some lunch at Pacific East Mall at a place called Pho Saigon. I had some beef ball pho and it was delicious, like always. Since I was there I went to Ranch 99 and wandered around. I always like to look through the produce/fruit section for a couple of reasons: 1. It reminds me of living in Thailand and walking through the outdoor markets and 2. there is always something new that is in season and as a person who loves food, who is trying to connect with my Asian background and writes a food blog I find trying new things broadens my food horizon.
On this trip I discovered the Korean melon, also known as chameh. At first, I thought this melon would taste good in a soup, like the bitter melons in Thailand. As I got home and began to research these melons I found I was completely wrong! Korean melons, despite their bright yellow skin, have a flavor profile that is a cross between a cantaloupe and a honeydew. They are sweet, but not too sweet and taste delicious on their own.
As I was researching these melons I came across this website that turned the melons into popsicles -genius! In his recipe he used the chameh, lime juice and sugar. I love basil and mint and for my recipe I added these two herbs that would not only add a gorgeous green color but add some freshness that only basil and mint can provide. My new vitamix blender (my wonderful graduation present from my ex-coworkers) would be the perfect kitchen tool to make these.
What you will need:
2 Korean melons, peeled and seeded
1 lime, juice
1 T sugar
10-15 mint leaves, julienned
10-15 basil leaves, julienned
What you will do:
1. In a blender or food processor, add the peeled and seeded Korean melon. Add the juice from the lime and the sugar. Blend and add a little water at a time to help smooth out the mixture. You are looking for a runny and smooth liquid to fill the popsicle molds. Taste and adjust lime juice and/or sugar.
TIP: I like the way the julienned basil and mint shows through the popsicle but if you want to blend the mint and basil you can to get a more greenish popsicle.
This recipe made about 6 popsicles so for more double the recipe. These popsicles are very low-calorie and high in flavor. A perfect substitute for the kids from those sugary popsicles. A perfect treat for those summer days we have all been looking forward too.
Cheers and happy eating!