Master Kong Rock Sugar Pear Juice

During our uni­ver­sity days, this Master Kong Rock Sugar Pear Juice used to be one of our favour­ite drinks. It was a com­mon item stocked at almost all Chinese gro­cery stores in Sydney. But in recent years, it’s been increas­ingly dif­fi­cult to find.

The juice is a trans­lu­cent pale straw col­our and a sweet nose of Ya pear or Chinese white pear. Ya pears have a sim­il­ar fla­vour to nashi pears, although I find they tend to have a more watery fla­vour. Served chilled, those same fra­grant Ya pear notes come through prom­in­ently in the head with a crisp mouth­feel. The sweet­ness devel­ops with a clear fla­vour typ­ic­al of rock sug­ar — there are no car­a­mel notes as in reg­u­lar sug­ar — to an intens­ity mid-sip that com­ple­ments the fra­grance of the pears well before fin­ish­ing a lightly acid­ic, yet sweet pear after­taste. This juice cap­tures the crisp, fra­grant fla­vour of Ya pears per­fectly.

This bottle of Master Kong Rock Sugar Pear Juice con­tained 2 L. It was pro­duced in China and pur­chased in Sydney, Australia in 2017.