Double-boiled Pear Soup 川贝蜜枣炖雪梨
Recipe source : Adapted from Nourishing & Fine Soups
I was having a bout of recurring mild fever and uneasiness on the chest and a slight cough. My first thought and fear was that I may have blocked arteries or some other heart ailment. Thank God, all was well after a medical check-up.
My friends advised that I might be afflicted by the heat. Heeding their advice, I looked-up my cookbook on herbal soups and decided to double-boil a pear with candy dates and some Chinese herbs.
My friend reminded me that I must use a brown-skinned pear.
The Chinese believe that pears are cooling and clears heat from the body.
Well, the stewed pear tasted more like a dessert than herbal medication!
In fact, it was very delicious. But, the bottom line was that my cough and the uneasiness on my chest felt much better!
This concoction may be beneficial for the following ailments:~ clears cough and flu
~ clears heatiness of lungs and heart
~ clears phlegm
Ingredients (serves one )
12g tendrilled fritillarial ( Chuan bei in Chinese )
1 brown-skinned pear
5g bitter almonds
5g sweet almonds
1 candy date ( or 2 dates, depending on preference for sweetness )
Chuan bei, in powder form
Bitter almonds mixed with sweet almonds
1. Remove the skin and core of pear. Cut into pieces.
2. Place pear, Chinese herbs and candy dates into a porcelain container with cover.
3. Double-boil for 4 hours. No cheating! It must be 4 hours.
Sweet and tasty dessert which is good for clearing heat, cough and phlegm
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