Pig’s Stomach

Ingredient Name: Pig stomach, hog maw, pig maw

Traditional Chinese Name:豬肚 (Zhū dù)

What is this?

  • Literally the stomach of a pig
  • It is usually the inner lining/muscle of the stomach and if properly cleaned, contains no fat
  • It can be found in Chinese, Mexican, Italian and various other cuisines
  • It has a chewy property when cooked and usually absorbs the flavor of ingredients surrounding it
  • A pretty common soup meat in Chinese soups

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in warm water prior to use
  • In soups, it is recommended to blanch the stomach before adding to soup

Where can I buy this?

  • This is available in all wet marts in Hong Kong (although thorough cleaning is recommended)
  • You can sometimes buy this as prepackaged and pre-cut from Asian supermarkets

What is the cost

  • 200 g (as picture above) cost around $20 HKD

Any benefits?

  • Relatively lean portion of the pork (when properly cleaned) that contains minimal fat
  • Pork contains many nutrients (including 6 essential vitamins)
  • It is a good source of iron, zinc, Vitamin B6 and protein
  • It is said to be a healthier red meat substitute over beef

Any precautions?

  • Thoroughly cleaning recommended prior to use (blanching for soups)

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Cooling Flower Tea (Chrysanthemums)

Soup Name: Cooling Flower Tea (Chrysanthemums)

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.

What Ingredients are required?

6-7 pieces of dried Chinese licorice
50g of dried Japanese Honeysuckle
50g of dried chrysanthemum flower
rock sugar (to taste)
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Boil water
  2. Rinse ingredients in warm water briefly (except rock sugar)
  3. When water boils, add all ingredients together
  4. Boil for an hour on medium heat
  5. Strain ingredients from liquid
  6. Add rock sugar and let dissolve
  7. Cool in fridge or with ice (optional)
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent soup for relieving heatiness
  • Helps relieve symptoms of sunstroke and heatstroke
  • Excellent detoxifying drink for the body

Any precautions?

  • People with sensitive stomachs (otherwise known as cold stomachs) should avoid overly cooling herbs
  • Pregnant woman in their first trimester take caution as cooling ingredients can cause contractions
  • After consumption, you may notice frequent urination (this is normal) as your body is also detoxifying

Licorice Root or Chinese Licorice

Ingredient Name: Licorice root, Licorice (Liquorice), Sweet root, Chinese Licorice, Glycyrrhiza uralensis

Traditional Chinese Name:甘草 (gān cǎo)

What is this?

  • The root of the licorice plant which is extracted and dried
  • Common Chinese herbal ingredient and often found in Chinese medicines
  • Mainly grown in China (Eastern & Northern parts)
  • Slightly sweet in flavor

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in warm water prior to use

Where can I buy this?

  • This is available in most Asian supermarkets
  • Also available in Chinese herbals stores

What is the cost

  • 10 g cost around $2-3 HKD
  • Extremely affordable

Any benefits?

  • Used to aid cough, sore throat, asthma and remove phlegm
  • Helps in detoxifying the body
  • Reduce heatiness in the body
  • Considered a cool food

Any precautions?

  • Not be consumed by women who are pregnant – especially in first trimester as it’s a cooling food
  • People with heart disease or high blood pressure should be cautious about using licorice

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Japanese Honeysuckle

Ingredient Name: Japanese Honeysuckle, Lonicera Japonica, Suikazura, Er hu, Shuang hua

Traditional Chinese Name: (Jīnyín huā) literal translation of “gold silver flower”

What is this?

  • A species of invasive vine native to Eastern Asia (Japan, Korea, China)
  • The raw flower is between white and yellow in color and the vines can grow up to 10m tall
  • Extremely common in Chinese medicinal uses
  • Considered cold (helps cool the body and detoxify)
  • It is an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredient
  • Used as a dried ingredient in drinks and Chinese medicine
  • Western countries see this plant as a pest or weed

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in warm water prior to use

Where can I buy this?

  • This is available in most Asian supermarkets
  • Also available in Chinese herbals stores

What is the cost

  • 10 g cost around $2-3 HKD
  • Extremely affordable

Any benefits?

  • Is a cooling food
  • Excellent in dispelling heat and toxins in the body
  • Used to treat conditions such as fevers, skin rash, sore throat and other heaty conditions

Any precautions?

  • Not be consumed by women who are pregnant – especially in first trimester as it’s a cooling food
  • Consume with caution for people with pre-existing cold conditions

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Spica Prunellae Healing Drink

Soup Name: Spica Prunellae Healing Drink

Traditional Chinese Name: 夏枯草 (xià kūcǎo liáng chá)

Introduction:
An extremely cooling drink that is ideal in the hot summer, for cooling the body, clearing heatiness and helping conditions such as acne, eye infections, and cold sores.  It can be served cold or hot (although tastes much better cold in my opinion) and is very refreshing.  Although slightly bitter in taste, adding rock sugar to it makes it quite delicious.  It’s definitely an acquired taste to enjoy, but the Chinese love it and it’s pretty commonplace.  I usually keep a jug of this in my fridge!

What Ingredients are required?

40g of yellow beans
50g of dried spica prunellae
50g of dried chrysanthemum flower
rock sugar (to taste)
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Boil water
  2. Rinse ingredients in warm water (except rock sugar)
  3. When water boils, add all ingredients together
  4. Boil for an hour on medium heat
  5. Strain ingredients from liquid
  6. Add rock sugar and let dissolve
  7. Cool in fridge or with ice (optional)
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent soup for relieving heatiness
  • Helps relieve symptoms of sunstroke and heatstroke

Any precautions?

  • People with sensitive stomachs (otherwise known as cold stomachs) should avoid overly cooling herbs
  • Pregnant woman in their first trimester take caution as cooling soups can cause contractions