4/17/2010

Ginseng root with Ophiopogon tuber drink

The weather has been really bad recently - scorching heat in the morning and early afternoon followed by thunderstorms in the evening. I've been wanting to boil some 'cooling' drink but only got to do so today...

This Ginseng root with Ophiopogon tuber (麥冬) drink is not only 'cooling' but also energy-giving due to the ginseng. Mildly sweet due to the candied wintermelon and a hint of bitterness due to the ginseng, I find this drink refreshing and almost invigorating. :)





Ginseng root with Ophiopogon tuber (麥冬) drink

Ingredients

  • 1 large handful ginseng root
  • about 35g ophiopogon tuber
  • 5-6 sticks candied wintermelon
  • about 1 litre water



Method:

  1. Rinse the herbs.
  2. Add all the herbs into the pot of water and bring to a boil.
  3. Leave it to boil for 5min then turn off the fire and cover the pot.
  4. Leave the pot covered for at least half an hour before consuming the drink.

Alicia drank 1 cup of this too (her baby cup)... I was surprised that she actually drank it (and finished every drop at that) because I wasn't expecting her to be able to tolerate that hint of bitterness (which intensifies the longer you let the ginseng roots soak in the drink).

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