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Hwa Che {Korean Watermelon Punch}

Hwa Che {Korean Watermelon Punch}

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Happy Friday, everyone!

Thank goodness, it’s Friday! I’ve been feeling a little crummy this week so I can’t wait for this week to be over! I just saw the weather report, too. *Sigh* It’s going to be over 100 degrees this weekend where I live. It doesn’t sound very pleasant. I  guess I should find something really fun to do. Pool? Lake? What do you do when it’s really hot outside? I usually turn on my A.C and try to stay away from the sunshine. I get extra lazy during Summer time. I hate Summer. Am I alone in this?!

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If there’s one thing I love about Summer is the Summer food. I love cold food. This Hwa Che (meaning literally Fruit Punch} is one of my favorite Summer food of Korea. I remember my mom making this many times during hot and super humid, sticky Summer days. Usually she only added watermelon but I added some other fruits, too, like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Berries go great with watermelon.

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I posted another Hwa Che recipes that is made with coconut milk. This recipe uses Korean Cider that tastes similar to Sprite or 7 Up. You can use them instead of Korean Cider. Korean Cider, in my opinion, is a little less sweet and more tangy. It’s a must add to Korean fruit punches.

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This is the cider I used.

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The color of this Hwa Che is just amazing! So red! Doesn’t it look so cool and refreshing?! I would love another bowl of this, but of course, everything was gone in a couple of hours. It was cold and sweet!

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To make Hwa Che, prepare watermelon by making little balls using a melon baller.

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Strawberries are delicious in the Hwa Che. I usually get my strawberries at Costco.

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Cut each strawberry in quarters. Also prepare blueberries and raspberries if desired.

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In a food processor, blend about a quarter of a whole watermelon. If it doesn’t blend well, add about 1-2 tablespoons water, then it will blend in a second.

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After mixing all the fruits in cider, water, and sugar, add the watermelon juice into the mixture.

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You can serve Hwache with crushed ice in it at this point but I like to freeze my Hwa Che slightly before serving. Place the whole bowl in the freezer, for about 2-3 hours, then the top part will be slightly frosty. Check back on it every hour to make sure it doesn’t completely freeze.

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After about 3-4 hours, the Hwa Che will look like this. Cool and Nice!

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Are you tempted to make some yet? Super easy, right?

Hwa Che {Korean Watermelon Punch}
 
 

Ingredients
  • ½ watermelon, shaped into balls using a melon baller
  • 8-10 strawberries, quartered
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 2 cups cold water
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 cups Korean cider or Sprite or 7 Up
  • ¼ watermelon, cut into squares
  • 1-2 tablespoons water
  • Crushed Ice to serve

Instructions
  1. Prepare all the fruits (watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries) and combine them together in a large sized freezable bowl.
  2. Add the cold water, sugar and cider (or sprite or 7 up) into the fruit bowl.
  3. In a food processor, blend ¼ watermelon and 1-2 tablespoons water together until it becomes smooth.
  4. Add the watermelon juice to the fruit bowl and stir together until well blended.
  5. Keep the bowl in the freezer for about 2-4 hours until ready to be served. Or you can skip this part and add crushed ice into the bowl and serve immediately.

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5 Responses to “Hwa Che {Korean Watermelon Punch}”

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    Juliana — July 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Such a refreshing dessert…love the berries with the watermelon…
    Have a wonderful weekend Sook :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    This looks so refreshing! My mom made this for me once before when I was younger and I absolutely loved it!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — July 6, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Such a delightful summer dessert! Beautiful colours and amazing photos.

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    Jen — July 15, 2012 at 11:33 am

    This looks so delicious and refreshing! My son is getting his tonsils out next week, and I’ve been looking for tasty–but still relatively healthy–cold things for him to enjoy. This looks perfect!

    • Sook replied: — July 15th, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

      Ooh I wish your son’s fast recovery!

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