Luo Han Guo Chinese Herbal Tea (罗汉果凉茶)

“Fruit of Medicine, the natrual sweet fruit, for general well being, and some even claimed for its slimming effect, with regular consumption of it.”

 Luohan guo (Medicine term as Siraitia grosvenorii), in Chinese, 罗汉果, is a natural sweet fruit which often used as medicinal herbs by Chinese physician.

Luohan guo made into form of beverages, especially herbal tea, commonly sold in many Chinese herbal shops in Singapore. We do not usually use the raw green fruit to cook herbal tea, but get the dried one which has turned into dark brown fruit with hard thin shell. This low-caloric ‘fruit of medicine’ helps to detoxify body, and hence, some even claimed for its slimming effect, if consume it on regular basis. I drink it regularly mainly to maintain general health so as to eliminate summer heat in the body which may lead to feverish illnesses. More

Homemade Water Chestnut and Sugar Cane Drink

“The natural thirst quencher to rehydrate body, flavourful and healthily”

Cooked some healthy drinks for the hot weekend, to quench our thirst as well as reduce heatiness in the body.

Homemade version of water chestnet and sugar cane drink has its natural and smooth mouthfeel that sooths the throat wonderfully. This homemade drink is also better in taste, not too strong flavour since it’s without additional flavouring. Simply loved its mild flavour, soothing and cooling effects. More

Lung Nourishing Chinese Tonic Soup (止咳润肺汤)

“Delicious lung nourishing soup with mild sweet taste that makes it so good to drink in normal days, even if you are not having cough or so”

I am sorry to hear that one of my reader’s dad suffered from pneumonia (肺炎). And, she asked me for a good soup to be taken by his dad who had discharged from hospital. I knew I wouldn’t able to help much or certain that this Chinese tonic soup is helpful in such recovery, but I promised her to post a soup recipe that is good to be taken, if her dad wishes to take this soup on the usual days as it nourishes lungs and strengthens function of respiratory system.

Hope she will be able to find the soup ingredients in USA and try to cook it for her dad and even for other family members, if they do like Chinese tonic soup (smile). More

Cordyceps and Ginseng Tonic Soup with Black Chicken (冬虫夏草泡参黑鸡汤)

“Nourishing Chinese Herbal Soup, its extensive health benefits to all ages are beyond your imagination.”

I had a bowl of Cordyceps tonic soup for lunch at one of the coffee shop at Ang Mo Kio area last week as I wanted to take something nourishing and tonical. Did not expect Cordyceps soup to taste so great, its mild fragrance in the palate with a hint of natural sweetness impressed me. So, I jotted down the Chinese herbs found in the soup (luckily, I still recognise each herb used.. :p), and decided to find out more about it, and to make it at home for my family.

[Ingredients Value] Benefits of Cordyceps:
Cordyceps Sinensis, also known as caterpillar fungus. In Chinese, we called it 冬虫夏草 (direct translation as ‘Winter worm Summer grass’), or simple term as 冬虫草, or even just 虫草. I simply love the subtle taste of this clear soup. This great and nutritional soup not only taste good, it has its vast health benefits! The characteristic of cordyceps is neither cooling nor heaty, but mild and nuetral to be taken by all ages. Cordyceps are widely used in Chinese medicine due to its high healing properties believed by many Chinese medical practitioners. Some Chinese even believe that it promotes longevity, if Cordyceps were to be taken on regular basis. More

Roast Garlic in Olive Oil

“Roasted garlic in olive oil, prepare and keep it for convenient cooking use or as a sandwich spread for your toast snack!”

I am glad that you have interest in French recipe. As I am still a fresh learner in French (Western) cooking, I would like to just share some recipes I have learnt at the cook-off session. Please forgive me, if the food is too simple for you to prepare.. :p

First of all, let’s make the roasted garlic! More

“Du Zhong” Kidney Supplement Tonic Soup with Pig Tail(杜仲猪尾补腰汤)

Chinese tonic soup that relieves your backache problems. ”

Du Zhong, you pronounce this in Chinese, and in Chinese word, it’s written as 杜仲. This Chinese herb is categorized as a yang supplement that helps in low backaching problem, especially for men. It is also well-known in tonifying the kidney function, strengthening muscle and bones, nourishing liver blood, and many more effects. Some say it is a men’s tonic soup (cheeky smiles). However, don’t get it wrong that only men could drink this soup, it is good for both men and women to drink. Even older children are fine to drink it in moderate.

Taste of this soup is pleasant. Do not be mistaken that good tonic soup must taste bitter and awful. This tonic soup yields subtle taste. Neither too sweet nor bitter, it has this pleasant Chinese herbal flavour. More

Express Chicken Soup with White Fungus and Button Mushrooms

“Express Chicken Soup with Chinese Herbal Spices from Seah’s, to keep your loved ones at their best at all time!”

Some might find Chinese soup too bland for the palate. Its taste has been described as drinking “plain water”, as Chinese soup is always cooked watery (not in thick consistency), and it does not taste creamy. You may realise, Chinese soup is often taste subtle and light (smile). I love Chinese soup, so as my family!

Tonight’s not any soup recipe boiling from scratch, nor it needed long hours boiling. So, one of these great choices you may consider for express and simple soup cooking even on busy weeknights is the Seah’s herbal spice for chicken soup! Taste of this chicken soup cooked with Seah’s herbal spices was fairly good, especially for how quick it was. Unlike most instant packet spices, this won’t make you feel thirsty after taste. More

Black Chicken Soup Recipe (滋补乌鸡汤)

“How about having a bowl of steamy hot nutritious Silkie (black chicken) tonic soup for tonight’s dinner?”

Silkie, or another name which is more commonly known as, black chicken. Black chicken is often used to cook in soup with Chinese herbs as it claims to be more nutritious (higer in dietary minerals) and less fat content. Silkie is whole black from its skin to even the bones. The meat is more greyish colour. Basically, beside the colour and invisible high values of nutrients, the taste and texture of meat has no much difference, to me. However, some say that the meat is not just leaner, but also softer.

Taste of this tonic soup was pleasant. It was fragrant, flavoursome with natural sweetness in the palate. Adding some Hua Diao wine is important to enhance the taste of the soup. This soup is healthy and beneficial for all in the family. More