Malaysia, July 2007: I was walking around the night market in Chow Kit when I was lured by a brightly pink colored drink. What is it? I didn't care, all I knew was I had to have some... yes unlike most people who shy away from brightly colored food...I can't seem to get enough of them. Excited, I walked up to the vendor, pointed to the drink and bought a glass. It was delicious! Refreshing and rich with notes of floral and citrus. I briefly mentioned it in my post about Malaysian street food and found out it was called Air Bandung. A refreshing sweet milk drink flavored with rose water and tinted a rosy, pepto-bismol pink. I played with a few recipes and discovered that addition of lemon zest will bring out the flavors of the drink more. The trick is to not add too much...it should be there but not be there...if that makes any sense.
-1 can evaporated milk
-1 can sugar (use milk can to measure, +/- depending on your taste)
-4 tbs rosewater
-pink food coloring
-zest of 1/4 of a lemon
What to Do:
Rub together the sugar and lemon zest, add milk and bring mixture to a boil, cool, and strain out the lemon zest. Add pink coloring. To serve, fill a class 1/3 full with the milk syrup, and water to fill the glass 2/3 full; finish the remaining 1/3 with crushed ice. Give the drink a quick stir and enjoy!