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Pressure Cooker Chinese Recipes: Suanmeitang Chinese Sour Plum Drink

Sour Plum Drink (Suanmeitang 冰鎮酸梅湯)

Recipe developed by Amy + Jacky

5 ingredients + no soaking 1 min prep to make this traditional Chinese Sour Plum Drink (Suanmeitang)! Healthy, budget-friendly & natural drink that soothes throat, quenches thirst, and relieves heat. Perfect delicious drink for the hot summer!
Course Drink
Cuisine Asian, Chinese, Taiwanese
Keyword instant pot chinese recipes, instant pot drinks
Total Time 41 minutes
Servings 2 - 4
Calories 193kcal



  • Rinse Ingredients: Rinse Wumei, Shanzha, and Gancao under cold running tap water to remove residue or dust.
  • Pressure Cook Sour Plum Drink: Place all ingredients (except Chinese brown sugar in pieces) in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
    Close lid and Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 30 minutes + 10 minutes Quick Release. Release the remaining pressure and open the lid carefully.
  • Filter & Sweeten: Use a strainer to filter all the ingredients. Bring the Sour Plum Drink back to a boil over medium heat. Stir and gradually put in 90 grams – 125 grams of Chinese brown sugar in pieces until desired sweetness.
  • Chill in Fridge: Pour the sour plum drink into a glass container, set aside and let it completely cool off. Then, chill in the fridge. You can store it in fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Optional - Freeze in Fridge: Pour half of the sour plum drink into a silicone mold or an ice cube tray. Set aside and let it completely cool off. Then, freeze it in the freezer. Pour the remaining plum juice into a glass container. Set aside and let it completely cool off. Then, store it in the fridge.



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Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg

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