August 11, 2017

Healing Hot Toddy for Common Cold Symptoms

This healing home remedy is also a tasty drink for common cold symptoms.  This recipe treats mild or beginning symptoms such as: chills (more than fever) cough with clear or white phlegm (not yellow or green) nasal congestion a tickle in the throat (but not a sore throat!) headache bodyaches a floating pulse These symptoms […]

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February 2, 2015

Purple Yam and Goji Berry Pancakes

IMG_3282This Asian recipe uses the beautiful and unusual purple yam. We blend the smooth texture of the yam with sweet rice flour, and accent this with a sweet, nutty filling. The dessert also happens to be wheat-free, dairy-free, and vegan.  This purple yam is in the same botanical family (Dioscorea) as the white Asian yam 'Shan Yao'.

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December 23, 2014

Chicken Gizzard (Ji Nei Jin 內金) cooked in Coconut Milk

Dried Chicken Gizzard (Ji Nei Jin)In the Philippines fresh chicken gizzard is called Balon Balo and is commonly cooked in various dishes. Besides reducing the tendency for food stagnation, it is thought to have great nutritional value for pregnant and nursing mothers.

 Benefits of Chicken Gizzard (Ji Nei Jin 內金) According to Asian Medicine:

  • Reduces food stagnation
  • Improves digestion
  • Aids incontinence
  • Increases Gastric Acid by 30-70%
  • Reduces hardness and transforms stones (gallstones and urinary stones
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June 30, 2014

Fennel Seed Wine (Xiao Hui Xiang 小茴香)

Dried Fennel SeedFennel is widely known for its all-purpose healing properties. In western medicine Fennel is prescribed for its
  • High vitamin C content
  • High flavonoid content
  • Anti-microbial properties
In traditional Asian medicine, Fennel is used to
  • Disperse cold
  • Warm the liver and kidneys
  • Relieve pain
  • Encourage movement in the liver channel or lower burner
  • Relieve any kind of lower abdominal pain due to cold.
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February 6, 2014

Udon with Soft Egg & Green Onion

Green OnionsThis nutritious soup is great for tonifying and detoxifying, and may be used therapeutically for a variety of conditions.


Dashi (Broth)
  • 1 ½ oz dried sardines
  • 2 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 3-inch long piece of kombu seaweed
  • 1/3 cup mirin
  • 1 ½ oz dried bonito flakes
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ lbs udon noodles
  • ¼ cup very thinly sliced green onion
  • 3 cups udon broth
  • ¼ tsp. seven spice powder (shichimi taragashi*)

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February 2, 2014

Burdock Root ‘Gobo’ & Digitata Kelp with Wild Rice

Burdock Root

Benefits of Burdock Root 'Gobo'

  • High in dietary fiber and low in calories and fat
  • Contains high amounts of calcium, potassium, iron and amino acids
  • As a Chinese medicine, it has a diuretic effect and promotes bowel movements
  • Effective in detoxing the liver
  • Helps to reduce blood sugar, blood fat and blood pressure

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January 30, 2014

Mung Bean Soup – Filipino Style (Munggo)

Mung BeansChinese herbal pharmacist, Li Shi Zhen, writes that mung beans are "highly recommended not only as a rich source of nutrients but also as medication.” The many benefits of mung beans include:
  • Clearing heat and toxins from the body
  • Balancing organs and skin
  • Tonifying Qi
  • Improve circulation in the 12 meridian channels throughout the body.
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January 12, 2014

Kombucha Tea

Kombucha Fermentation in Process Kombucha tea is an ancient fermented drink, long used in Asia and Europe for its detoxification and healing properties, due to the fact that fermented drinks are probiotic. Made from beneficial live cultures and yeast, it is fermented with tea and sugar for around ten days. As the drink ferments, it becomes slightly sour or tangy, a colony of healthy bacteria and yeast forms. Vitamins and other antioxidants are also produced.

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August 27, 2013

Organic Chicken Soup with Herbs

Dried Red Jujubees 'Da Zao'


  • One half of an organic chicken without skin, or 6 oz organic boneless, skinless chicken (If you can find a black chicken in an Asian market, that's the best!)
  • 5 pieces of dried Asian yam 'Shan Yao'
  • 3-5 slices of Reishi Mushroom 'Ling Zhi'
  • 2 Tbs of 'Xiao Xi' Wine
  • 2 Tbs of Job's Tears 'Yi Yi Ren'
  • 4 dried Red Jujube Dates 'Da Zao'
  • 1 Tbs Southern Apricot Seeds 'Nan Xin Ren'
  • 1 Tbs Northern Apricot Seeds 'Bei Xin Ren'
  • Sea salt to taste
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August 12, 2013

Chilled Tamarind Drink / Agua Fresca de Tamarindo (Luó Wàng Zĭ)



  • 2 cups of tamarind pods (8 ounces)
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of sweetener, or more if needed (palm sugar or honey or other)
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