The box was much heavier than an ordinary box of tea, and I could hear packets slithering around inside. When I got home, I inspected the little foil packets. Each of them was full of a crunchy, rather heavy substance. The ingredients, it turned out, included only powdered ginger, cane sugar, and "herbs." I mixed it up with some boiling water and took a tentative sip. It was delicious! It is quite sweet, with a very strong ginger flavor that warms you as it goes down. In fact, it has a lingering spiciness that builds as you drink the tea. If you like fresh ginger, you'd probably really like this.
I did a little searching around, and it turns out that jahe wangi is a traditional Indonesian drink, and it's often used to ward off colds and fevers. It's quite delicious, and even though I do think it's a little too sweet, squeezing in some lemon helps balance it out. It probably won't replace my fresh ginger tea in the winter, but it's a good alternate. It could make a wonderful iced tea, too - even a cocktail, perhaps? Anyone else tried this? • Buy it: Jahe Wangi, $3.25 at Dutch Variety Foods Related: Recipe: Flu Season Ginger Honey Lemon Tonic (Images: Faith Durand)