Refreshing lime and sour plum drink in 1 minute (limau asam boi)

Sweet And Simplelime honey asam boi

One of our favourite drink to order at hawker stalls is a glass of cold of limau asam boi or kat chai suen mui. It’s the best thirst quencher on a hot day. Not only it is refreshing, it contains lime juice which is rich in vitamin C. The drink is flavoured with sour and salty dried plum and sweetened with sugar. Since we’re making it at home, we decided to substitute sugar with honey instead.

lime honey asam boi

> dried preserved plum / asam boi x 1
> lime x 2 – 3
> honey x 1 tbsp
> water x 1 cup
> ice x few cubes


lime honey asam drink
1. Slice lime into half and squeeze it into a glass through a sift.
2. Put in a tablespoon of honey to sweeten it. You can also use sugar but we prefer honey as it’s a healthier alternative.
3. Add water and stir until well-combined.
4. Add one asam boi (dried preserved plum) and few cubes of ice.

Do you like this drink?

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6 Responses to “Refreshing lime and sour plum drink in 1 minute (limau asam boi)”

  1. Charles Meekings
    May 16, 2014 at 12:14 am #

    When I first moved to Malaysia from Australia, I couldn’t stand the taste of asam boi. Now, 5 years down the track, I cannot get enough asam boi! Thank you for this recipe. I’m growing both regular lime and kalamansi lime at my house in Penang and the local pasar malam sells dried salted plums. Now I know how to make this terrific thirst quencher!

  2. Sara
    May 19, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    You’re welcome. It’s sour and salty. There’s nothing like it!

  3. Sue Baskin
    June 21, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    I just returned from Malaysia where I fell in love with this drink! I will try to make it at home. Wish me luck in finding the salty plum in my small Texas town!

  4. Sara
    July 2, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    Good luck!


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