Coughing?  Stuffy Nose?  Congestion?  Try this Chinese Herbal Tea with Licorice, Cinnamon, and Luo Han Guo

Coughing? Stuffy Nose? Congestion? Try this Chinese Herbal Tea with Licorice, Cinnamon, and Luo Han Guo

Coughing? Stuffy Nose? Congestion? Try this Chinese Herbal Tea with Licorice, Cinnamon, and Luo Han Guo

Tea Name:

Chinese Herbal Tea with Licorice, Cinnamon, and Luo Han Guo

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:  Cooling

Taste: Sweet

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This tea is perfect for tonifying blood and Qi and clearing the toxicity that comes with stuffy congestion in the lungs and nose (commonly associated with a thick, green or yellow phlegm).  It moistens the stuffy stuff (like phlegm) and helps to stop coughs.

A great way to check if this tea is good for you is to check the condition of your tongue.  If it’s got a thick, yellow or white coating on top, it’s a good indication there’s excess yin in the body.  That totally makes sense because I went swimming when I was already feeling a little under the weather.  And with the cold pool, that’s excess yin in my body and the dampness!

You can check this article that explains the balance of yin and yang in the body, AN INTRODUCTION TO YIN AND YANG IN OUR EVERYDAY SOUPS AND FOOD.

 

What’s involved?

Prep time: 2 mins

Cook time: 13 mins

Total time: 15 mins

Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients
Cooking Instructions
  1. In a stovetop safe pot, add all the ingredients (except the rock sugar)
  2. Add in your water
  3. Boil on high until it fully boils and then reduce to a low-medium heat for another 10 mins
  4. Add in the rock sugar and let it fully dissolve
  5. Serve and enjoy!
Any benefits?
  • This Chinese herbal tea is great if you’ve got a lot of congestion, particularly in the nose and lungs (the thick type)
  • This tea also helps relieve coughs
  • It is a slightly warming tea, helping to drive the excess yin from the body
  • Excess yin tends to show up if you’ve been overexposed to cold or damp conditions (such as swimming, outdoor winter sports, or cold exposure)

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Fragrant Vegetables in Salmon Soup

Fragrant Vegetables in Salmon Soup

Fragrant Vegetables in Salmon Soup

Soup Name:

Fragrant vegetables in salmon soup (Cantonese-styled)

Traditional Chinese Name:

雜菜蕃茄三文魚湯 (zá cài fānjiā sānwènyú tāng)

Nature:  Slightly cooling

Taste: Sweet and savory

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Tomatoes in a fragrant fish broth is a very common soup in the Cantonese soup repertoire.  It is commonly found in household soups and restaurants in Hong Kong.  The vegetables are optional, but do add to the abundance of the soup.  And there are many variations of this soup available as each chef customizes to their creative juices!

You can essentially use any fish for this type of soup.  Generally though, the Chinese will use more commonly found and affordable fish and usually the heads and tails and bones, reserving the flesh for steaming or dishes.

 

TIP!

 

I would recommend using a soup bag for any fish soups, however for this one, salmon bones are quite large and I was lazy and wanted to fry everything in one shot, so opted for not using one.  A soup bag helps keep soup bone safe and allows you to remove the fish easily and keep all the disintegration together.  I’ve bought these ones from Amazon, which are amazing!

What’s involved?

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 2 hours

Total time: 2 hours and 30 mins

Serves: 10 bowls

Ingredients
Cooking Instructions
  1. Let’s start by frying the fish first in some ginger to seal the flavours and get it fragrant (and not fishy).  You can use a shallow pan or your soup pot (that’s what I’m doing in my cast iron pot because I was feeling lazy!).
  2. I’ll wash the fish in warm water first and then pat dry with paper towels.
  3. In your pot or pan on medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of oil (enough to cover the pan) and then gently lay your fish flat so as much surface area of the fish can cook
  4. At this time, I will also make space for the pork shank to fry (instead of blanch in boiling water).  This is also because I was feeling lazy and wanted that fried fragrant flavour!
  5. Fry for 5 minutes or until it begins to golden brown.  It doesn’t need to be fully cooked, but at least the skin is browned. 
  6. Turn the fish on the other side and fry for another 5 minutes.  
  7. You can also rotate the pork shank around as it browns.
  8. At this time, you can prepare your vegetables, cut into smaller pieces.
  9. If you want, you can now put your fish pieces into a soup bag to begin the soup boiling to prevent the bones to disintegrate and for easier removal from the pot.
  10. I will also use the pan or pot to brown some of the potatoes, but this step is optional
  11. Add in the water to the soup, be sure to leave a bit of space to allow for the all ingredients
  12. Then add in all your ingredients to the soup
  13. Cover and bring to a full boil (about 20 minutes on full boil)
  14. And reduce to a low boil for another 2 hours
  15. Serve and enjoy!

This soup is also packed full of collagen!  The fish heads are the key ingredients that really to release all this sticky goodness into the soup.  One of the amazing things of using fish heads is both to not waste any part of the fish and also the amount of amazing collagen that’s available in the soup!

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A Chinese Herbal Tea to Nourish, Heal, and Strengthen the Lungs

A Chinese Herbal Tea to Nourish, Heal, and Strengthen the Lungs

A Chinese Herbal Tea to Nourish, Heal, and Strengthen the Lungs

Tea Name:

Nourishing, Healing, and Strengthening Chinese Herbal tea for the lungs (and cooling)

Traditional Chinese Name:

羅漢果雪梨茶 (luó hàn guǒ xuě lí chá)

Nature:  Cooling

Taste: Sweet and sour

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

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I’m making this tea out of a request from one of my readers who is from NYC and now dealing with all the crazy smog, dust, and smoke that you’ve been getting from Canada!  WE ARE SO SORRY!  Toronto isn’t as bad today, but I hear it’s going to get worse over the weekend.  Regardless, I immediately went to my pantry and pulled out my handy dandy luo han guo and designed a cooling, strengthening, and healing tea for your lungs.  The idea is because it’s dry heat, you’ll want something that’s going to help cool the body and lungs and clean it out.  You can add a few slices of dried tangerine peels as well. 

Let’s hope it clears soon and that there’s some relief in the weather with some rain to help put out all the raging fires across Canada and US.  In the meantime, stay safe and have some healing herbal teas!  Sending lots of love out there!!

❤️❤️❤️

 

This tea is perfect for nourishing, healing, cooling, and strengthening the lungs and supporting dry coughs (caused by excess heat or yin deficiency) and sore throats.

The only fresh ingredient you’ll need is the fresh snow pears, but everything else can be found in your soup pantry! 

It’s a quick boil, suitable for the whole family, you can also drink both hot and cold (although you know my take on drinking cold things as one who has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, lol).  Enjoy! 

 

What’s involved?

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 25 mins

Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients

 

  • rock sugar optional, but taste test first!
Cooking Instructions
  1. Using the flat side of a large blade, smash the luo han guo until you can remove the middle of the fruit.  I will only use the dried skin for this tea.  Use about half as the golden luo han guo isn’t as sweet as it’s brown counterpart.
  2. Cut up your fresh snow pear, keeping the skin on.  I will cube into bite-sized pieces so I can also eat with the tea using a spoon!  Delicious and refreshing!
  3. In a stove top safe tea pot, add all the ingredients together and boil on medium heat for 5 minutes until it fully boils and reduce to a low boil for 10 minutes as to try not to reduce too much of the water.  
  4. When it’s ready, you’ll notice that the tea has turned into a beautiful golden yellow colour.  This is a good indication that the luo han guo is seeping out into the tea!  
  5. Serve and enjoy!  Don’t forget to eat the fresh snow pears as part of your tea!
Any benefits?
  • This soup is perfect for nourishing and tonifying the lungs
  • It helps with cough, especially a dry cough where there is Yin deficiency (or appears as heaty)
  • It’s a sweet tea that is perfect for the whole family
  • It’s a cooling tea and helps cool and lubricate the lungs

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The monk fruit!  This is the slightly less dry version.  You’ll notice it’s more green and less brown.  This one is a little more expensive, coming in at $2 CAD per monk fruit.  You’ll also notice a thin layer of sugared coating, so it is a bit sticky to touch, but that’s just the sugars of the fruit on the skin.  The great thing about the greener version is that it isn’t as pungent or sweet, so you can use half in a soup to give is just enough of that flavour.  If it’s the heavily dried version, I will only use a quarter in 3L of soup water.  This is also great in teas!!  

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To answer your questions on what equipment I'm using, I've built a section here where you can find and explore what I'm using to make soups.  Ingredients are a little harder, but I will do my best as I source them around.  However, you can always message me on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, or Facebook, and I will reply and try to point you in some direction!  

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Cooling Snow Pears and Apples in a Chrysanthemum Tea

Cooling Snow Pears and Apples in a Chrysanthemum Tea

Cooling Snow Pears and Apples in a Chrysanthemum Tea

Tea Name:

Cooling Snow Pears and Apples in a Chrysanthemum Tea

Traditional Chinese Name:

雪梨蘋果菊花清熱茶 (xuě lí píng guǒ jú huā qīng rè chá) 

Nature:  Cooling

Taste: Sweet and sour

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

For more videos, you can follow us on YouTube.

When it’s hot, stuffy and the temperatures are blowing the thermometers through the roof, this deliciously sweet and tart tea is perfect for this type of weather!

The mercury hit 32 C yesterday and what better way to cool the body than with a cooling, sweet tea that can help reduce internal heat, clears and disperses dryness, and moistens the lungs and stomach.   

The amazing thing about this tea is that you can also enjoy the snow pear and apples as part of the tea.  With the right cook time of 10 minutes, parts of the fruit are still semi-crunchy!  So delicious!  And you don’t need to add any sugar or honey because of the natural sugars of the fruit.

 

What’s involved?

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 20 mins

Total time: 30 mins

Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients
Cooking Instructions
  1. Cut up your snow pears and apples into cubes, keeping the skin on.  This helps hold it together and not disintegrate, but actually, from a Traditional Chinese Medicine benefit perspective, it’s the skins that hold the most value!  I talk about this below a little more!
  2. In a stove top safe ceramic or glass pot, add all your ingredients together
  3. Boil on medium high for 10 minutes, or until it’s bubbling for at least a good 5 minutes to really get the flavours out
  4. Serve and enjoy!
  5. You don’t need to add any honey or sugars at all!  

Snow pear are amazing for cooling and moisturizing the body, targeting the lungs and stomach.  It’s perfect for yin deficiencies (which includes cough) and reducing fire in the body and lungs.

It’s actually the skin of the snow pear that has the most power!  That’s why I keep them on when I’m making a tea with them or a soup.  And they provide a good source of fiber for the body.

Alternatively, if you don’t eat snow pear skins when you’re having the fruit, I would suggest to keep the peeled skin to dry, or freeze in a ziploc to save for use in soups or teas, but you don’t need to eat them!

 

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Japanese Inspired Vinaigrette (for Beef Carpaccio or Salad)

Japanese Inspired Vinaigrette (for Beef Carpaccio or Salad)

Japanese Inspired Vinaigrette (for Beef Carpaccio or Salad)

Sauce Name:

Japanese inspired vinaigrette (for beef carpaccio or salads or as an appetizers)

Nature:  Warm (which is primarily the vinegar)

Taste:  Sour and bitter and slightly sweet

Targets: Liver and stomach

 

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Yes!  Finally, a sauce!  I’ve been wanting to venture into this space for some time.  There is also huge benefits in understanding the benefits of the foods we consume from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, not only in soups!

This sauce was inspired as a fusion for some boneless beef short ribs that I bought at the Korean supermarket over the weekend.  I also ended up flash frying the meat to get to a medium-rare texture because the kids don’t usually eat raw beef, so this was the compromise!  It turned out amazing! 

You can view the whole video of the dish here, including the sauce (which I think is the hero of the dish!)

 

I substituted the traditional red wine vinegars for sushi vinegar (and white vinegar because the sushi vinegar is sweet and thick) and mirin (could have also used yuzhu, will try next time!) and added half a lemon.  This balance with the brown sugar created a beautiful balance between tart and sweet.  It was truly a masterpiece!

I would suggest to taste test as well to really get to the balance you like! 

What’s involved?

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 5 mins

Total time: 20 mins

Serves: 8 people as appetizer dish (with 4 pieces each)

Ingredients
  • 32 x pieces of 1 cm thick sliced boneless beef short ribs (use the pieces that are marbling for best effect, the type you use for Korean bbq!)
  • Pre-made Korean snow pear and apple bbq marinade
  • 1 fresh white onion
  • 4 tablespoons of sushi vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of mirin
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • half a lemon
  • fresh green onions as garnish

Note:  This portion makes enough for 2 plates.  I actually used half and kept half for a smoked salmon appetizer

     

    Cooking Instructions
    1. Thinly slice your white onion using a sharp knife (or a slicing machine).
    2. In a mixing bowl, add in your sushi vinegar, mirin, sweet soy sauce, white vinegar, and brown sugar.  Mix well until the sugar is completely dissolved.
    3. In a ceramic bowl, put in the onions and pour the sauce over, completely submerging the onions and then squeeze in half a lemon.
    4. Cover with a wrap and refrigerate for later use
    5. Marinate your beef short ribs with the Korean snow pear and apple marinade for 10 minutes
    6. In a shallow pan, add a bit of oil, turn on high heat and once the pan is sufficiently hot, lay out the beef short ribs and flip immediately in the order you set them down and then remove right away from the pan (it will continue to cook a bit, but will become a beautiful medium rare)
    7. Plate and add your vinaigrette sauce and onions on top and then top with chopped green onions
    8. Serve and enjoy!
    9. EVEN BETTER…. I save a few pieces and left that in the fridge to consume the day after and it was even more amazing served as a cold dish!  Similar to raw beef carpaccio, this medium-rare version was simply sublime!!  My kids loved it!

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