Ginger has many medical uses, from relieving migraine and arthritis pain to preventing and cure cancers.
Lemongrass are used for cough, sore throats, Anxiety and depression, Digestion, Dry skin and acne, Constipation, Kidney detoxification and a lot more.
These two useful herbs can be use to brew tea for it health benefits. This herbal tea has a strong ability to make you relaxed and it is very easy to prepare. Aside from that it smells great.
6 stalks Lemongrass
1 big Fresh ginger
Pandan leaves, tied in a knot
Water, 1 litre
honey rock sugar
Slightly smash the peeled ginger .
Crush lemongrass and cut them into short stalk.
Add lemongrass, ginger and pandan leaves into a pot, then bring to boil and simmer for around an hour.
Add honey rock sugar to taste and drink.
You can enjoy it hot or cold. It is so refreshing and tasty. 😍😍😍
This drink is a healthy dessert. It is loaded with vitamins and minerals and in Traditional Chinese Medicine, most of the ingredients possess the cooling effects .
Red dates are a good source of iron, bittersweet almond , fig and white fungus for lungs and skin.Aloe Vera is good for your digestive system, assist in constipation and also a great aid to improve your skin texture.
This drink is light, sweet, crunchy, and especially suitable for ladies. It is also a good choice for our hot season. Ingredients can be adjusted to personal prefrences. It should be taken in moderation as too much aloe vera can be laxative.
2 large blade of aloe vera – cut into cubes
2 screwpine leaves – tie into a knot
2 pieces of white fungus ( suet yee) – soaked for 5 mins, cleaned and tear into small pieces
1 cup of dried longan
1 cup of winter melon sugar ( or rock sugar, cane sugar)
2 litre of water
5 pieces of red dates
2pieces of golden dates
4pieces of semi dry or dry fig (optional)
1/2cup of bittersweet almond, optional ( nam hang, pak hang)
Pour 2litre of water into a soup pot , add in the screwpines and everything else except the aloe vera. Boil for half an hour. Add in the aloe vera cubes and boil for another 15mins and off the heat. When the liquid has cooled down, chilled them in the fridge for 4hours before serving.
BENEFITS OF WATERCRESS Watercress is filled with vitamin A, chlorophyll, sulphur, and calcium. Traditional Chinese Medicine states that this vegetable helps dissolves yellowish phlegm due to heat condition of the lungs. Watercress is also diuretic, clearing facial blemishes and improves night vision.
Pork 500 g
Watercress 250 g
Dried squid 2pcs
Red dates 6 – 8 pcs
Honey dates 2 pcs
Salt to taste
Blanch pork in hot water. Rinse the rest of the ingredients – watercress, dried squid . Slice red dates into half.
Next, put all ingredients into a big pot along with water. Bring to a boil and simmer with lid close for two hours.
* Pork can be replaced with chicken.
Asparagus is loaded with goodness. It is a plant-based protein, rich in minerals and trace element ;salts which contribute to it’s alkaline power. Asparagus is also a good source of magnesium and zinc, and a very good source of fiber when eaten.
Aside from that, it is also rich in antioxidants, which are best utilized when consumed raw and juiced. It helps to combat free radical and helps to reduce water retention.It is also brilliant for coughs and mucous discharge.
Is really easy to make asparagus juice. All you need is a few stick of asparagus and some water to blend it in a blender. Strain it with a Muslin cloth and add honey before drinking. Is really yummy too. Is good for health and delicious to drink.
** you can also add other vegetables or fruits for a mix vegetables juice.
Asparagus with prawns
20sticks of asparagus
2 tablespoons cooking oil
3-4 clove of garlic ( diced)
8-10 medium-sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste
1 tsp soy sauce
Cut 11/2-2inch off the bottom stems ofthe asparagus ( the tougher part ). Rinse the asparagus with water and drain out the water.
Heat up a wok and add cooking oil. When it’s hot, add garlic and stir-fry until light brown or aromatic. Add the asparagus
into the wok and stir for 3-4 mins. Then the prawns and stir fry quickly . Add salt and pepper and soy sauce. Once the prawn is cook ( when it turn orange), the asparagus should be nicely cooked.
Dish out and serve immediately with steamed white rice.
The shortest day of the year – the winter solstice – is called Dōng Zhì (冬至) in Mandarin. Dong Zhi means winter arrival. It marks the end of harvest and symbolizes family reunions. It is celebrated between Dec 21 and 23.
During Dōng Zhi, families will get together and eat tāng yuan , a sweet soup made of glutinous rice balls. It is also the day when everyone becomes one year older.
Tangyuan are multicoloured glutinous rice balls that would be served at the reunion table.
The rice balls, made from rolled glutinous rice dough, were prepared in several colours and came in different sizes.
Some had peanuts, some had red bean paste or black sesame fillings.
This year around I have two wonderful little helpers to help me. They love doing it and I love having them helping me. The result was awesome. Their tiny hands can make beautiful small balls that I can’t.
1 inch of ginger, smashed
Brown or white sugar(your preference)
Pine screw leaf(pandan leaf)
In a large mixing bowl, add glutinous rice flour and sugar.
Gradually add water and knead the dough until soft, smooth, easily kneadable yet not sticky to the fingers (too wet), nor crumbling (too dry). The amount of flour and water is very forgiving and adaptable – If the dough is too dry, add a bit more water. If the dough is too wet, add a bit more flour.
Divide the dough depending on the number of different colours you intend to have. Add food colouring, one drop at a time, to each portion and knead until the colour is well distributed. Note: I am using red dye for pink, pumpkin purée for yellow and I mix red and yellow for orange.
Shape the dough to even-sized balls.
Tip: Anytime the dough feels dry, dip your fingers in water before shaping .
Bring a pot of water (enough water to submerge the dumplings completely) to boil. Add the tang yuan into the boiling water and cook until they float to the surface. Transfer them immediately to a bowl of room temperature water to cool down. This prevents the tang yuan from sticking to one another or discolour the soup.
Add ingredients for sweet soup in a pot. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer until the sugar is fully melted. Add the tang yuen into the pot.To serve, ladle the tang yuen to a serving bowl and enjoy!!!
This recipe was taught by my late mother in law after my first pregnancy.
This soup is good to purify blood, improve blood circulation, expelling wind and to warm ourself during winter or a cold rainy day. It is also good for nourishing Qi and replenishing blood after birth. Is really simply, beneficial to our body and delicious too.
Longan Red Date Tea
10red dates (without seed)
1 rice bowl of dried longan (rinsed)
1 inch of ginger, sliced
2-3tbsp rock sugar (plus more to your preference)
2pcs of pandan leaves, tied to a knot
1500ml of water
A few hard boiled eggs
Wash and drain longans, red dates and ginger.
In a pot, bring water to a boil. Add the red dates, longans, ginger,sugar and pandan leaves to the boiling water and simmer for 30 minutes. Add boiled eggs and simmer for another 8-10mins. Adjust sweetness to taste and serve hot. It is really sweet and warm and it will gives you a very warm feeling. A loving feeling that I miss right now…
London is always wet during the winter. Is so cold and wet right now that I wished for one…..
Yacon is a sweet-tasting and crunchy roots that can be eaten raw or cook. It can be eaten as it is, in salad, in soup and in dessert. It is also very high in fiber and low in calories which makes it healthy and nutritious. Yacon has also been known to improve digestion by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestine.
This Yacon sweet soup taste refreshing with a light and sweet fragrant . It is good for cooling the body and quenching thirst . It can be consume hot or cold. Below is the recipe for this tong Sui.
1 big Yacon root (shreadded )
1 cup of dried longan
8 red dates( remove seed)
2tbsp rock sugar
Place water in a pot and add all the herbs, sugar and yacon.
Simmer over low heat for about 1 hour or you can put it in a slow cooker, auto heat for 2.5-3 hours.
Ladle into dessert soup bowls and serve. It can be chilled and serve cold.