It all started with a tweet. Phi of Princess Tofu asked if I would make her some pistachio milk, and I said yes on the condition that I get to try the mysterious finished product. I’ve been following Phi’s culinary creations for a good while now and her flavor combinations never fail to blow my mind. She may have thought that the act of pistachio milk-making was a selfless one on my part; au contraire, I simply wished to score some Princess Tofu grubs.
Plus I made her squeeze the nut milk herself.
So it was that Phi and Nik of A Brown Table came over bearing Mickey Mouse waffles and fresh lychees, respectively, to make some boba tea. Having other food bloggers around to squeal over mason jars, scrutinize light, and geek out on lenses made me feel a little less alone in my crazy world.
Watching Phi expertly block and bounce light as she arranged props on various surfaces was an inspiration, and I’m continuing to take guidance from her aesthetic.
When the pistachio milk was made and sweetened with a bit of sugar, Phi whisked it into agar agar dissolved in boiling water to make a firm panna cotta of sorts. The first was so softly set, we ate the silky custard with spoons; little bites of creamy heaven.
The second batch was solid enough to cut into cubes and slurp up in cups of black tea infused with fresh lychees and a splash of rose water. The lychees added just enough natural sweetness while giving the tea a soft fruitiness that blended beautifully with the delicate jelly. I’m not sure I’ve ever tasted anything so exotic.
Check out Phi’s post, including the recipe and her exquisite photographs and writing, here.