Introduction: An extremely easy and common Chinese tea/drink that is one of the traditional cooling teas. It relieves heatiness, expels heat from the body and is overall healthy for the body. Although slightly bitter in after taste, adding some honey or rock sugar can help make this tea delicious. There are a variety of recipes for ginseng tea with varying Chinese herbs, but this is the most basic.
What Ingredients are required?
1-2 pieces of dried ginseng (pending how bitter you’d like it) 1 tablespoon of honey 2-3 L of water
How do I prepare it?
Cut up long ginseng piece into slices (for releasing more ginseng flavor into the tea)
Add ginseng to water and boil covered for 30 minutes
Strain and add honey
Can be served chilled
Another way to prepare this tea is without boiling. You can simply steep the ginseng like normal tea leaves in a cup of hot/boiling water. Stir to distribute flavor and then add honey or rock sugar.
Excellent for removing heatiness from the body
Great anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties
Extremely easy to make
Can help reduce fatigue, lower cholesterol and prevent infections
Ginseng is a cooling food and should be avoided in women who are in their first trimester or in postpartum (confinement)
Soup Name: Preserved Mustard Greens in Pig Stomach’s Soup
Traditional Chinese Name: 豬肚酸菜湯 (Zhū dù suan cai tāng)
Introduction: A pretty traditional type of Chinese soup that uses white peppercorn – there are only a few that use this ingredient. It is not particularly spicy, but it does have an interesting taste that is probably acquired. My children didn’t like this soup at all, but with more pork bones (or pork shank) and less pepper, it can be a very appetizing soup because of the preserved mustard greens. Excellent for spring as it helps remove moisture from the body during the wet and stuffy rainy season.
Traditional Chinese Name: 金銀菊花降暑茶 (Jīnyín júhuā jiàng shǔ chá)
Introduction: An extremely cooling drink that is ideal in the hot summer, for cooling the body, clearing heatiness and detoxifying the body. It is usually served cold (with ice or cooled in the fridge) and with rock sugar (or syrup sugar). This is a very common Chinese drink and can be purchased either pre-bottled or on the street. You can also find these ingredients prepackaged for homemade usage.