Winter Moisturizing Tea

Winter Moisturizing Tea

Winter Moisturizing Tea

Soup Name

Winter Moisturizing Tea

This soup or tea is completely designed for the dry, cold, dry, cold, super dry, or super cold winter conditions. It’s a vegetarian (meatless) moisturizing tea suitable for the whole family and tastes super yummy.

You can consider adding fresh snow pears or fresh apples to sweeten it further, just take caution with the amount of rock sugar you add. It’s a combination of the all the ingredients that help being moisture to the lungs, body, skin and internal organs. You can drink this to your heart’s delight!

Do note that snow pears are mildly cool ingredients, so not recommended if you’re in confinement or need to avoid cooling ingredients.

What’s involved?

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 15 mins
Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 dried snow fungus, soaked and cut into quarters (removing the center, see video below)
  • 4 pieces of dried snow pear
  • 20 g of apricot kernals
  • 1 pieces of dried tangerine peel
  • 2-3 large dried dates
  • 20 g of dried lily bulbs
  • 1-inch diameter wide rock sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 L of water

Cooking Instructions

  1. Soak the dried snow fungus in warm water until it is completely covered. Let it sit for about 15 minutes until it has become soft and large. Using a pair of scissors, cut it quarters while removing the hard yellow middle.
  2. In a separate bowl, soak in warm water the dried tangerine peel for 5 minutes.
  3. Once the tangerine peel softens, using the face of a knife, scrape off the darker side of the peel (this is the bitter part) just slightly.
  4. Start to boil your tea water
  5. When the water boils, add all the dried snow pear, apricot kernals, tangerine peel, dried dates, dried lily bulbs together.
  6. Boil on medium heat for 1 hour.
  7. In the last 5 minutes, drop in the rock sugar and mix.
  8. Serve and enjoy! Ideal to drink hot in the winter time!

The ingredients are pretty common in Hong Kong or your local Asian supermarket.  And you can buy them in bulk and store them in a dry, sealed container for many months – or in the fridge for even longer.

 

Preparing the Snow Fungus (video)

For snow fungus, you’ll need to soak them in warm water for some time – pretty much until they explode into giant balls.  Normally, people don’t eat the hard middles, but you can still cut it out and put it in with the soup. The tricky thing with snow fungus is that it dissolves into the soup. This means, the soup gets thicker and stickier the longer you boil it with snow fungus (scientifically speaking is that the viscosity of the liquid increases). You can remove the snow fungus halfway through if you don’t like it so thick.

 

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Red Dates Tea

Red Dates Tea

Soup Name: Red Dates Tea

Traditional Chinese Name:  红枣茶 (Hóng zǎo chá)

Introduction:
My herbalist suggested I drink a simple tea made of red dates during my period. It’s super easy to make, as the dates are already sitting in the fridge and you just add hot water. Some people will boil it with a few other ingredients, such as wolfberries and fresh ginger slices. This is also an ideal confinement drink if you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth – replace this in place of coffee or tea to avoid the caffeine, but get the benefits of the blood replenishment.

 

Amount serves: 1 cup for 1 person (you!)

What Ingredients are required?

6 dried red dates, sliced

1 cup of boiling water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Slice your red dates thinly
  2. Add to a mug and add boiling water
  3. Steep for 2 minutes. It will get sweeter over time as the tea steeps further.

Any benefits?

  • Helps rejuvenate the body after a period and restore blood loss
  • Excellent for maintaining healthy blood pressure
  • Excellent source of Vitamin C

Any precautions?

  • Make sure you remove the seeds of dried red dates as the seeds are known to create “fire” in the body
Red Dates Hawthorn Tea

Red Dates Hawthorn Tea

Red Dates Hawthorn Tea

Soup Name

Red Dates Hawthorn Tea

Traditional Chinese Name:  

山楂红枣茶 (shān zhā hóng zǎo chá)

 

This nice slightly sweet and very tart tea was introduced by my herbalist who suggested I make it for my dad (while he was visiting HK). The tea is designed for people who would like to lose weight, reduce the fat content in their bodies, reduce blood pressure, reduce cholesterol and help clear the blood of the impurities that come with a not so healthy diet. That’s not to say my dad’s not healthy, but he does enjoy all foods – so this tea will help balance out a delicious, heavy meal and aid in digestion. The tea is super tart, so you can add either apples or a sprinkle of sugar to sweeten it up. It’s best drank either at room temperature or hot.

What’s involved?

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 1 hour

Total time: 1 hour 5 mins

Serves: 4 cups of tea

Ingredients

Cooking Instructions

  1. Soak all the ingredients in warm water for about 5 minutes and rinse clean
  2. Boil your tea water
  3. When the water boils, add all the ingredients together (except the sugar)
  4. Keep covered on a small boil (medium heat) for about 1 hour
  5. Serve hot or warm and add sugar (as needed)

Benefits

  • Helps reduce the fat content in the body
  • This red date and hawthorn tea will also help reduce blood pressure and bad cholesterol
  • It helps clear the blood of toxins
  • This tea is especially helpful after a meal and helps in digestion

Precautions

  • The hawthorn is especially tart and sour, so not everyone will like it like that
  • Take caution when adding sugar (as not to add too much)
  • Be sure to pit the dates (or use pitted dates). The pits are said to be “CHO” – which is very heaty, but not in a good way

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Voice Recovery Tea

Soup Name: Voice Recovery Tea or “Lost Voice” Tea

Traditional Chinese Name: 開聲茶 (kāi shēng chá)

Introduction:

This drink is literally called “Open Voice Tea”.  I’m not posting the ingredients to this tea because I don’t actually know them all.  I bought this as a prepackaged “tea” from my Chinese doctor because I lost my voice due to a cold or cough or throat infection (I’m not sure because it’s been a long 4-week marathon of illness).  What you will notice in this tea is that there are these GIANT, MEGA flies in them.  I have yet to figure out what breed they are and what are the uses, but my Chinese colleagues at work have told me that it’s common to drink these flies when one loses their voice (so it’s not completely a wacko’s idea of a joke).  The tea tastes pretty minty and thoroughly bitter and I didn’t enjoy it one bit.  I’m not sure whether it worked or not, but I did eventually get my voice back after drowning myself in Chinese medicine because all else failed.  You can buy this prepackaged from your local herbalist or Chinese doctor and it cost around $30 HKD per pack.  I’m not a fan of Chinese medicine, but I couldn’t help post this very interesting discovery.

What ingredients are required?

Ask your Chinese doctor or herbalist if such a tea exists.  I didn’t delve too deeply into the ingredients because I was in a rush and just wanted something to give me my voice back.  I will write this section if and when I have time to go back to dissect it.

How do I prepare it?

  1. Put all the ingredients into a cup
  2. Add boiling water to the brim and steep for 5 minutes
  3. Drain or pour out the tea only
  4. You can drink the tea a few times by adding boiling water back into the original cup (repeat above instructions)

Any benefits?

  • It’s supposed to help you recover your “lost” voice – literally

Any precautions?

  • I drank 2 cups in a period of about 3 hours and started getting dizzy right after (ie: felt like I was on a floating high – oscillating around the office)
  • Take caution if you don’t think you can handle too cooling ingredients (definitely ask the Chinese doctor)
  • It tastes very bitter

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Ladies’ Monthly Tea

Ladies’ Monthly Tea

Ladies’ Monthly Tea

Herbal Tea Name: Ladies’ Monthly Tea

Traditional Chinese Name: 女性恩物湯 (nǚ xìng ēn wù tāng)

This herbal tea is warming in nature and bitter to taste.

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My herbalist recommended this “special ladies’ drink” or tea because I complained about an irregular period and serious cramps (almost death like). He’s suggested to make this drink in small portions, once a month and drink one cup a few days before my expected start days to help relieve the cramping, calm the body, and eliminate the wetness and then one more cup after the end of the period. Drink this for about 3 months and then see what happens. This is probably one of the more medicinal drinks I have posted and made and to be honest, it smells and tastes as bad as it looks. It’s quite bitter (and he did say to absolutely not add sugar – as it’s not needed) and has a very unique aftertaste. 

A lot of the ingredients listed here provide a few things:

  • They are primarily on the warming scale in nature
  • These ingredients support both blood replenishment (and Qi)
  • They help dispel wind, remove dampness from the body, and eliminate toxins

 

What’s involved?

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 60 mins

Total time: 65 mins

Serves: 1 cup (for you!)

Ingredients

Cooking Instructions

  1. Soak all ingredients in warm water for ten minutes
  2. In a pot of 1.5 cups of boiling water, throw all the ingredients in together and cover
  3. Boil for an hour (while keeping it covered)
  4. This should make about 1 cups worth (for you and only you!)
  5. Serve warm and enjoy (as it is not recommended during menstruation cycles to drink cold things

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Heat Clearing Herbal Tea

Heat Clearing Herbal Tea

Herbal Tea Name: Heat Clearing Herbal Tea

Traditional Chinese Name: 清肝火茶 (qīng gān huǒ chá)

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The literal translation of “qīng gān huǒ chá” is clear liver heat, however this tea has various uses and is meant for people with extreme heat or fiery feeling in their bodies.  Symptoms includes a dry, sore throat (not from screaming or shouting), dry eyes (so when wind blows against it, there is a stingy sensation), cold sores inside or out of the mouth, a sore and or painful rib feeling and or overall feeling of heatiness.  It was recommended to me by my herbalist when I developed an extremely sore throat with no associated cough (as cooling teas should be avoided if there is a cough).  As ugly as this drink looks or even tastes without added sugar, it helped relieve the heatiness in my body and in a few days, helped “cool” my throat.

What’s involved?

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 60 mins

Total time: 65 mins

Serves: 4 bowls

Ingredients

Cooking Instructions

  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!

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