Inspired by a traditional Chinese cold remedy, we teamed up with Brooklyn Cantonese-American restaurant Bonnie's and chef Calvin Eng to reinvent preserved kumquat tea into seltzer form using kumquats, salt and a pinch of MSG.
Growing up, Cantonese-American chef Calvin Eng's mother always kept preserved kumquats in salt in the fridge. Like many Chinese mothers, she would often steep the kumquats with hot water like tea as a cold and sore throat remedy for her kids.
Bonnie's is a Cantonese-American restaurant in Williamsburg, NY by Brooklyn native Calvin Eng.
The restaurant is named after his mother, Bonnie, who taught him everything he knows about Cantonese cooking.
Every part of the dining experience at Bonnie's is Calvin's tribute and nod to his mother and his Asian American upbringing.