Chinese red date 红枣 (jujube) is one of the most popular Chinese foods used as a health tonic and traditional herb, especially to improve qi (energy) and blood for the body. It is too bad that the western world does not know about the health benefits of red dates because red dates also strengthen the spleen and stomach qi (energy) which helps to digest food, tonify blood and relax the mind. When you have good overall qi, it is reflected through your healthy rosy cheeks (that’s our natural blusher 🙂 ) Continue Reading →
Delicious bittersweet Licorice Tea – remedy for sore throat, reducing phlegm and nourishing the respiratory system
Hot weather and late nights caused me to wake up to a dry scratchy throat, a couple of times in the past few weeks. Coupled with a recovering cough and phlegm, it can be rather annoying. The common remedy for sore throat is gargling with salt water. But I find licorice tea works better for my sore throat and helps nourish the lungs. Drinking this simple herbal remedy was very hydrating (moistening in traditional chinese medicine terms) for me in this hot dry weather. My phlegm has reduced tremendously with just one brew. Continue Reading →
Like most popular dishes, Beggar’s Chicken is a dish with an interesting story of origin. A starving, homeless beggar in rural China stole a chicken from a yard and was about to cook it when the emperor’s guards passed by. In his state of panic, he tried to hide the chicken by covering it with mud and threw it into the fire. Hours later when the coast is clear, he ended up with a chicken that was said to be the most tender and flavoursome he’s ever eaten. Continue Reading →
This year’s Chinese New Year have been filled with feasting and travelling with family. After coming back from Bangkok, I still could not get my backlog pile reduced. It seems to be getting higher and I’ll be travelling again tomorrow for a week. I’ll just have to take one thing at a time. At the meantime, I’ll share this easy healthy Chinese dessert with you. Continue Reading →
I never have green fingers. I killed almost every plant that I have (except cactus), so I would choose green leafy plants because they are more durable than flowering plants. I guess I did not really appreciate plants, they were there to beautify the space. Continue Reading →
As I was digging around my files, I found this Lotus Root Soup photos in my archive that has yet to be published. The photos were taken almost a year ago. Time sure flies.
I come from a family of soup lovers, there’s never a day without Chinese soup during my growing up years. Papa would come home after work and be happy with just a big bowl of hot simmered soup. And the tradition continues. Sometimes I do that too, on the days where I want a light dinner. Maybe others will find it strange that we drink hot soup in hot tropical weather. To me, a simple bowl of soup like this is the essence of the wholesome goodness of home-cooked food. Continue Reading →
One thing I don’t like about vacations is over indulging in food – which I tend to do a lot. and I’m feeling bloated after the short island getaway last weekend. And my immediate remedy – Ginger Lemongrass Tea.
Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for many ailments for centuries. Traditional healers have used this plant primarily to settle upset stomachs and brewing ginger tea especially recommended by Chinese herbalist.
When I had mild upset stomach a few days ago, I automatically made a pot of ginger tea. A cup of strong hot ginger tea helps sooth my bloated stomach and nausea. I was feeling much better after 2 cups of ginger tea, soothing stomach and helps with my digestion. Continue Reading →
Chinese dessert soups (or Tong Shui in Cantonese) typically consists of sweet and usually hot soups. One common dessert soup is Red Bean Dessert Soup. To those who are not used to Asian or Chinese Cuisines, yes we Asians love vegetables in our dessert – red beans, green beans, corn.. A Middle Eastern friend was appalled when I served her green bean coconut pudding.. It was interesting to see her reaction, well there’s always a first time for every thing.
The classic recipe is just red beans sweetened with sugar. I prefer the recipe my mama always make – with the addition of barley, black glutinous rice, pak hup (lily bulb), lotus seed and dried mandarin orange peel. One trick to shorten the cooking time is to put a ceramic soup spoon into the pot while cooking helps the beans break up faster. Sometimes I like to cook this soup in the slow cooker overnight, and I will have this soup for breakfast 🙂 Continue Reading →
Homemade Tomato sauce made from scratch is homey and delicious – and so surprisingly easy! All it takes is a few fresh ingredients.
I made a big batch of Tomato Sauce for the Paella I posted earlier, and keep the rest in jars in the fridge for later use. These sauces can keep for about 2 weeks. To keep them longer, freeze them in freezer safe containers. Thaw when it is needed; you can add any fresh herbs, spices, veggies, or meats desired.
Homemade Tomato Sauce is one of the basic recipes I am sharing: making things from scratch, making the ingredients I once thought magically appeared in a jar/can. The other basic recipes I posted were homemade Yogurt and homemade Roasted Walnut Butter. Continue Reading →