December 4, 2020
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Fresh and dried bak choy soup to clear heat and moisten the lungs
Chinese cabbage, bak choy, can be found throughout the four seasons but the harvests during winter are exceptionally fresh. It can clear heat, relieve stress, stimulate saliva production, and improve bowel movement.
When making soup, bak choy is normally coupled with dried bak choy, hence it is called ‘the gold and silver vegetables’ in Cantonese. Dried bak choy ’s function is similar to that of the fresh ones, but they add more flavor to the soup.
Both fresh and dried bak choy are suitable for consumption during the dry weather in autumn and winter. They can effectively clear heat from the organs, relieve dryness-related symptoms such as throat inflammation and dry cough. Adding some lungs-moistening snow fungus, as well as figs which can also moisten the lungs and strengthen the spleen, into the soup can relieve the dry condition of the body.
Tips for soup to clear heat and moisten lungs:
Appropriately add in ingredients such as pear, palm fruit, American ginseng and night-blooming cereus etc.
Bak choy soup with snow fungus and water chestnut
Effects: Clears heat and moistens lungs. Relieve symptoms of dry skin, dry mouth and dry eyes.
Ingredient: 1 big fresh bak choy, 40g dried bak choy, 2 carrots, 1 snow fungus, 8 water chestnuts, 2 candied dates
1. Rinse all ingredients thoroughly. Peel carrots and cut into pieces. Soak snow fungus in water for half a day until soften, then cut off black bit from bottom. Peel chestnuts.
2. Combine all ingredients with 2500ml of water in a pot and cook on high heat until boiling. Turn to low heat and simmer for 1.5 hour. Add salt to taste.