Strengthen spleen and remove dampness with this warming Chinese herbal tea

Strengthen spleen and remove dampness with this warming Chinese herbal tea

Strengthen spleen and remove dampness with this warming Chinese herbal tea

Tea Name: Spleen strengthening damp removing herbal tea

Traditional Chinese Name: 健脾祛濕茶 (jiàn pí qū shī chá) – direct translation here is “spleen strength remove damp” tea.  This is also quite a generic name in terms of the function of the tea rather than the ingredients and variations of this exist, it just depends on what herbs are being used.

Nature:  Slightly warming

Taste: Sweet and slightly bitter

(You can read this article on the impact on your body of different food tastes!)

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It’s quite common to consume damp reducing teas and soups in the Spring in Traditional Chinese Medicine and in Asia.  

What’s involved?

Prep time: 2 mins

Cook time: 5 mins

Total time: 7 mins

Serves: 1 cup

Ingredients
    Cooking Instructions
    1. In a cup, add all the ingredients together. 
    2. You can use a disposable tea bag to keep all the ingredients together.  This is because the barley will float and sometimes get in the way! 
    3. Add in boiling water, cover, and steep for 5 minutes
    4. Serve and enjoy!
    Any benefits?
    • This tea is slightly warming and ideal to keep the body warm (which is ideal to support replenishing Qi) with the red dates, astragalus root, and tangerine peel
    • The astragalus root and red dates help replenish Qi in the body
    • This tea is diuretic, meaning it helps dispel water from the body, supported by the barley and the mulberry root (which helps with urination and reduced swelling from water)
    • You can drink this daily
    • It is ideal for the whole family

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    How to make fragrant salted egg soup base with vermicelli, tofu, and napa cabbage

    How to make fragrant salted egg soup base with vermicelli, tofu, and napa cabbage

    How to make fragrant salted egg soup base with vermicelli, tofu, and napa cabbage

    Soup Name: Fragrant salted egg soup base with vermicelli and napa cabbage (optional vegetarian-styled)

    Traditional Chinese Name: 鹹蛋集菜 (xián dàn jí cài tāng) – direct translation here is “salty egg vegetable soup”.

    Nature:  Neutral

    Taste: Salty and sweet

    (You can read this article on the impact on your body of different food tastes!)

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    Salted duck eggs were for sale at the supermarket!

    And I haven’t had them for awhile, so what better way to use a whole bunch as a soup base?

    Part of the reason to mash up the salted duck eggs is so that it blends directly into the soup (so the kids can’t see it- lol).  The salted duck eggs create a flavorful, smooth, and milky broth (because they are pretty salty and the egg yolk dissolves).

    This makes for a great soup base so you can add other ingredients on top for a delicious quick boil soup for dinner!

     

    What’s involved?

    Prep time: 10 mins

    Cook time: 25 mins

    Total time: 35 mins

    Serves: 6 bowls

    Ingredients
    • 2 cooked salted duck eggs
    • 3 pieces of garlic, diced
    • 1 fresh whole onion, diced
    • 2 fresh napa cabbage
    • 1 block of soft tofu
    • 2 bunches of dried green bean vermicelli
    • fresh green onions
    • 2 medium sized fresh octopus (optional, I used this as a topping which I pan fried separately in the end.  This just helped keep the soup from tasting a bit fishy)
    • 2 L of water (or 10 cups)
      Cooking Instructions
      1. In your soup pot with a bit of oil, add in your diced onions and garlic and fry on medium heat until slightly browned.
      2. Peel your salted duck eggs and drop into your soup pot.  Using a heat resistant silicon spatula, break up the salted duck eggs into small pieces, especially the egg white.  The yolk itself will begin to melt and this is perfect!
      3. Once most of the eggs are broken up into small pieces, add in your soup water (10 cups).
      4. Cover and allow that to boil on medium heat for 10 minutes.
      5. Add in your chopped napa cabbage and vermicelli.  Be sure to push the vermicelli down into the soup to allow that to be fully covered.  Cover and allow that to boil for 10 minutes.
      6. I’ll then add in the fresh tofu directly on top.  Cover and boil for 5 minutes.  The tofu cooks really fast!
      7. Flavor as needed. I just added a bit of soy sauce and salt, but you can additional add in another 2 fresh duck eggs, halved, so that you can fish them out and eat them with rice!
      8. Serve and enjoy!
      9. I separately fried the fresh octopus because I didn’t want the fishy taste of the octopus in the soup and the family could eat it as a topping with the vermicelli soup dinner!

      Why I love this soup!

      • There are so many reasons that this is absolutely an amazing soup that I will continue to make more of going forward!  It’s quick, easy-to-make, and you don’t need a lot of ingredients.
      • You can’t even taste the salted duck eggs unless you really knew what you were looking for!  It’s smooth, even, and milky in texture and absolutely delicious!
      • LOL, yes, I love my fun salt star wand.  Now I am a fairy… I’ve been using this thing for all my cooking now!  You can also put garlic salt or pepper into these things.  So cute!  So fun!

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      What to eat in Taiwan… here’s to cycling and eating my way through Taiwan!

      What to eat in Taiwan… here’s to cycling and eating my way through Taiwan!

      What to eat in Taiwan… here’s to cycling and eating my way through Taiwan!

      If you’re planning to visit Taiwan, here are a few key things you should look for during your visit.  I’ve been to Taiwan many times and every time, it feels like the first time!  The food options are many and continue to evolve and change with every visit!

      For starters, it’s a great that we are cycling through Taiwan at the same time.  This means, we can travel to different cities and we can eat way more than I usually do because we’re doing massive rides (or elevation) here.

        Some of the food highlights in Taiwan!

        There is never a shortage of food or things to try, eat, or drink in Taiwan. I must admit, I didn’t cover everything, we actually missed quite a bit, but at the same time… I’m so happy with this trip!💗💗💗

        • As a cyclist, it’s got to be the 7-11’s.  A lot of our midday lunches and snacks are done in 7-11’s.  This is because they are fast, easy, they dot most of the major routes we ride, have both drinks and foods (especially stuff with electrolytes) and have washrooms. Versatile, cheap, variety packed, and one of the best stops for cyclists!  So in 7-11’s, we basically cleaned out their tea and soy soaked eggs. These deliciously soft and protein packed snacks are highly coveted by cyclists and amazing cheap at 70 cents CAD per egg.  I’ll take them!
        • Taiwanese breakfasts!  Traditional, simple, affordable.  There are all sorts of breakfast options that include fried turnip cake, egg pancakes, green onion pancakes, glutinous rice wrapped with Chinese donuts, fried pork dumplings, beef stuffed buns, sweet or savory soy milk, all sorts of egg pancakes with ham, cheese, pork floss, onions, green onions, etc… SO YUMMY!

         

        • These breakfasts are so commonplace in Taiwan you can find so many of these shops along most streets as corner shops. They open super early at 6:00 am and often the best of the tastiest shops have line ups out the door.

         

        • Taiwanese desserts!  Especially their iced desserts loaded with a billion toppings of choice.  We also soft served fresh tofu fa with shaved brown sugar and a sweet hot soup dessert filled with mochi, tapioca, and red beans.  Here, I am enjoying the works.  It’s basically a fully loaded bing sha with grass jelly, tapioca, mochi, red bean paste, taro paste, and topped with a black sugar syrup and condensed milk.  It ate like a meal.  I was so full afterwards!  But so yummy! 

         

         

        • Taiwan bed and breakfasts!  There are so many CUTE! CUTE! bed and breakfasts in a lot of rural and Eastern coast of Taiwan, near Hualien and into Kenting.  These places are like the Taipei get aways and tend to be coastal, easy-going, resort places!  
        • They serve the cutest, most complete and healthy breakfasts here!  Some have a buffet styled meal with soy sauce fried eggs, more buns, a selection of local fruits, pan fried radish cakes, and a healthy selection of fresh local vegetables fried in garlic, often served with rice or congee and all the toppings like pork floss, marinated cucumbers, fried gluten, spiced bamboo, seaweed and sesame flakes, fried baby shrimp, and so many others!  It’s yummy! 
        • Night markets.  A must visit in any Taiwan city.  You’ll find food, shopping, gifts, games, desserts, and drinks.  And then, lots of people!  Each night market has its own variety of specialty dishes. I found the ones along the coast had more seafood, while the ones in Taipei had more unique custom blends and fusion of foods.  A majority of the foods are grilled or pan fried, and the drinks tend to be cold.  Every time I visit Taiwan though, the night market variety changes.  You will always have your staples such as hawker styled noodles, rice, and meals.  I love these!  Try them all!  So be sure to share!  Like literally, buy one of each so that you can eat many!

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          How to soothe a cough with this Chinese orange monk fruit herbal tea!

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          Tea Name: Chinese orange monk fruit herbal tea

          Traditional Chinese Name: 止咳茶 (zhǐké chá) – direct translation here is “anti-cough” tea.  There are many teas that have earned the right to this label, so it’s just easier to use it as such instead of labeling all the ingredients.

          Nature:  Slightly warming

          Taste: Sweet and sour

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          There was a lingering dry cough that stuck with me for a week so I decided to try a variation of my salted steamed orange with a little more cough supporting ingredients.  The key ones include both the dried monk fruit, which helps moisten and nourish the lungs, which is perfect for a dry cough, and the dried tangerine peels, which is warming and helps regulate Qi.

           

          What’s involved?

          Prep time: 2 mins

          Cook time: 5 mins

          Total time: 7 mins

          Serves: 2 cups

          Ingredients
            Cooking Instructions
            1. Slice your mandarin or orange thinly, keeping on the skin
            2. Using a chopstick or spoon, break up your citrus to allow the juices to be released so that it boils into the tea
            3. In your stovetop safe teapot, add in all the ingredients, except the honey
            4. Fully cover.
            5. Put this on medium high heat on your stove and bring to that a full boil for 5 minutes.
            6. Reduce heat and let it cool slightly before you add the honey (as anything over 60C will destroy most of the antibacterial and benefits of honey, so allow it cool as you drink).
            7. Stir, serve, and enjoy!
            Any benefits?
            • This tea is ideal for dry coughs and is slightly warming (with the tangerine peel and cinnamon)
            • The monk fruit helps moisten the lungs, combined with the apricot kernals, helps relieve the cough

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            How to make a warming and healing red roses, red dates, cinnamon and honey herbal tea

            How to make a warming and healing red roses, red dates, cinnamon and honey herbal tea

            How to make a warming and healing red roses, red dates, cinnamon and honey herbal tea

            Tea Name: Warming and healing red roses and dried red dates with cinnamon and honey Chinese herbal tea

            Traditional Chinese Name: 玫瑰红枣茶 (méi guī hóng zǎochá)

            Nature:  Warming

            Taste: Sweet 

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            It’s still pretty cool in Toronto in March, so this slightly warm and spiced tea is perfect!  All these are warming ingredients with some soothing elements in the honey and help improve circulation and replenish qi in the body!

            You can actually drink this everyday at well, although this tea doesn’t recycle as nicely as a Red Dates and Longan Tea (where I can add about 3-4 cycles of hot water to keep the flavours rolling all day long).  You’ll notice that the rose buds to lose a lot of their flavours on the first boil, but still a delicious and fragrant tea that is perfect!  Just perfect!

             

            What’s involved?

            Prep time: 2 mins

            Cook time: 5 mins

            Total time: 7 mins

            Serves: 2 cups

            Ingredients
            • 10-15 dried red roses buds (unopened)
            • 3 dried red dates, halved and pitted
            • 1 cinnamon stick
            • 1 tablespoon of honey
            • 2 cups of water
            • 1 stovetop safe teapot
              Cooking Instructions
              1. In your stovetop safe teapot, add in the dried red rose buds, the dried red dates, and the cinnamon stick and your water.
              2. Fully cover.
              3. Put this on medium high heat on your stove and bring to that a full boil for 5 minutes.
              4. Reduce heat and let it cool slightly before you add the honey (as anything over 60C will destroy most of the antibacterial and benefits of honey, so allow it cool as you drink).
              5. Stir, serve, and enjoy!
              Any benefits?
              • This tea is ideal for warming the body, allowing for pushing out cold from the body and improving blood circulation
              • Red roses help regulate Qi and helps remove blood stagnation
              • Both the red roses and cinnamon help warm the spleen, a key organ in Traditional Chinese Medicine

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              How to make vegetarian green and white radish carrot Chinese herbal soup packs

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