I knew of Kompot when I was in secondary school. Back then we got a really big package of Satsuma Plums (which is a kind of plums that has green and red skin and maroon flesh), we couldn’t finish the whole thing and just left a few of them lying around, so my mom decided to make them into Kompot. The plums, which were ‘rejects’ before, after being turned into a cool, sweet and sour Kompot suddenly became the ‘diva’ of the household, and we were literally fighting for it.
I was cleaning my fridge the other day when I saw a bunch of fruits lying around: apples with skin starting to wrinkle, strawberries and raspberries being left-over from when I was decorating a cake, each with just 1-2 pieces or a bit less than half a container. I decided to throw them all into a pot, turning them into a pretty ruby coloured Kompot, which both helped cleaned out the fridge, and gave me a big bottle of water for my meals, which is much healthier than soft drinks.
Công thức tiếng Việt: Kompot / Nước hoa quả tươi
Basically, the ingredients for a Kompot contain just fruits, water and sugar to your taste. You can choose to use as many or as little fruit types as you want, try to combine sweet and sour fruits so that the Kompot will have a balanced taste. The ratio of fruits to water usually use is 1 fruits : 5 water. You can also change the water amount depending on how concentrated you want the Kompot to be. For my Kompot in the photo, I used the following ingredients.
- 1 apple
- 3 large strawberries
- A handful of raspberries
I had a total of approximately 200g of fruits so I used 1L of water.
1. Pour the water in a saucepan and bring to a boil on high heat. While waiting for the water to boil, wash and chop the fruits.
2. When the water comes to a boil, add all the fruits, wait until the water comes back to a boil and reduce the heat to medium, let it simmer for 10 minutes and turn off the heat.
Put a lid on the pan and wait until the water cools down to room temperature. Pass the whole thing through a sieve (the flavour of the fruits at this point has pretty much infused into the water so just discard the fruits), add sugar to your taste.
Kompot can be served warm or cold. You can also add a few sprigs of mint, cinnamon, rosemary, etc to add more flavours to the Kompot.
A ruby red bottle of Kompot, add a few slices of lemon and you have just brighten your meal.