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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June 12, 2013

Chilled Hibiscus Tea / Agua Fresca de Jamaica (Fú Róng Hūa)

hibiscus flowers


  • 1.5 cup of Jamaica (Hibiscus) Flowers
  • 3 cups of water
  • 4 cups of water to make 2 quarts of the final drink
  • 3/4 cup of coconut palm sugar or 1/2 cup honey
  • Ice cubes

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March 25, 2013

Bitter Gourd / Bitter Melon

bittergourd Bitter Gourd (Momordica charantia) also known as bitter melon, looks like a pale green cucumber with bumpy, grooved skin.  This squash-family vegetable is predictably quite bitter in flavor.  However there are ways to reduce the bitterness (it should be picked when its young) and tasty recipes that make it quite palatable.  Why eat it?  The bitter melon is full of vitamin A and C.  Medicinally it can clear heat from the body and reduce phlegm.

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February 3, 2013

Golden Milk with Turmeric (Jiāng Huāng 薑黃 )

Golden Milk Drink

The delicious drink called 'Golden Milk' can be made by adding 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon organic dried turmeric powder to a cup of warm milk on the stove (cow milk, goat milk or any one of the delicious nut milks*). Fresh Turmeric Root and Powder Fresh Turmeric Root and Powder

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August 20, 2012

Summertime Mung Bean Shortbread Cookies

This is a good summertime recipe because Mung Beans are fantastic and preventing summer time sicknesses associated with the draining effects of hot temperatures.  These cookies would be good to bring along with you when traveling to arid regions during the hot season, when summertime sickness is likely.  You can try substituting honey for the cane sugar to see if the cookies turn out to have more moisture, which might keep them fresh longer in cases where you want them to last during many days of far-away travels.  Experiment and enjoy these tasty treats while you stay healthy.

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Honeysuckle Flower & Licorice Root – Cleansing Drink

In addition to being sweet, honeysuckle flower is cold in nature and is useful in treating all types of heat. It can treat 'summerheat' symptoms (thirst, headache, sweating, heat stroke, etc.). Honeysuckle works like a natural, herbal antibiotic to fight infection. This flower also can detoxify and reduce inflammation. Honeysuckle has antimicrobial effects against many pathogenic bacteria including Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus and Pseudomonas. Honeysuckle is also antiviral and has been show to deactivate the PR8 strain of the influenza virus.

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July 17, 2012

Japanese Braised Burdock Root (Gobo)

braised burdock with carrot Burdock root can be used to clean and detoxify the cells and tissues of the body.  It is a great food to promote gentle cleaning from every day toxins.  In particular, it is cooling and cleansing for the liver and for the skin.


  • 1/2 lb burdock root (gobo)
  • 1/4 lb carrot
  • 1 TBS organic soy sauce or tamari (non-GMO)
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 1 TBS mirin Japanese rice wine
  • 1/2 TBS Japanese sake
  • 1 tsp black or tan sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil (sesame oil, olive oil or coconut oil are my favorites)
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June 20, 2012

Pumpkin Seed Pesto with ‘Nan Gua Zi’ (南瓜子)


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups green hulled pumpkin seeds'Nan Gua Zi' (roasted or dry fried)
    Pumpkin Seed Pesto with 'Nan Gua Zi'
  • 4-5 garlic cloves 'Da Suan' (mince and leave out exposed to the air at least 15 min to develop it's immune boosting potential)
  • 1 cup packed cilantro
  • zest of half a lemon, and its juice
  • chile pepper 'chuan jiao'
  • black pepper 'hu jiao'
  • black sea salt
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