Drinks, Malaysian/ Chinese Cuisine, Recipes

Asian Pear and American Ginseng Drink Recipe

Are you a herbal tea drinker?

I am one! I always try to brew different types of herbal tea at least once a week. My usual herbal tea/ drink that I make in rotations are such as barley drink, prunella vulgaris (夏枯草), sugar cane & imperatae, chrysanthemums and etc etc.

Somewhere last year, I added a new herbal drink to my collection. It’s the Asian pear (雪梨/ 水晶梨) and American ginseng (花旗参) slices drink. I came across this recipe via a local Malaysian TV program which was shared around via Facebook. If my memory does not fail me, it was a program aired during the bad haze season in Malaysia. This drink apparently be beneficial during the haze season. The exact benefit of drinking this during haze season was mentioned in the program but I couldn’t remembered it.

However, based on my understanding in TCM, both Asian pear and American ginseng are cool in nature. They are able to clear heats from the body and moisturises the body. Therefore it is beneficial during the haze seasons. And because every Chinese believes in balancing the yin and yang, it is also being practised in the food and drinks preparation as well. As mentioned both Asian pear and American ginseng are cool in nature, therefore something warm in nature has to be added to balance it. Therefore honey dates (蜜枣), which is warm in nature and has the abilities to improve the flow of Qi and relieves asthma, are added into this drink. It also acts as a sweetener alongside yellow sugar (黄糖) to sweeten the drink.

 

*Note: I am not a certified traditional Chinese physician, therefore the benefits mentioned above are as per my knowledge and understanding. If you wish to find out more or to know whether this drink suits you or not, please refer to your local certified traditional Chinese physicians.

 

Ever since the first time trying out this drink, I enjoyed drinking it. This drink has a subtle Asian pear’s flavour, with sweetness from the honey dates and yellow sugar, and ending with a slight bitterness flavour from the American ginseng. A lovely and nutritious drink I would say.

All I have to do is to put everything into a pot of boiling water, and continue to simmer for 45 minutes. Voila, the drink is ready. It’s so straight forward that no one can get it wrong in my opinion.

 

 

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INGREDIENTS 

2 Asian pear (雪莉/ 水晶梨)
20g American ginseng slices (花旗参)
60g Yellow sugar (黄糖)
4 pcs honey dates (蜜枣)
3 litres water

1. Cut the pears into big chunks.

*Includes the skins and seeds.

*I usually used nashi/ shingo pear for this drink.

2. Bring water to boil in a pot.

3. Put all the ingredients into the boiling water, and bring it to boil again for 5 minutes.

4. Then lower the heat, and continue to simmer for 45 minutes covering with a lid. Serve immediately.

Asian Pear and American Ginseng Drink

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 Asian pear (雪莉/ 水晶梨)
  • 20g American ginseng slices (花旗参)
  • 60g Yellow sugar (黄糖)
  • 4 pcs honey dates (蜜枣)
  • 3 litres water

Directions

  1. Cut the pears into big chunks.
  2. Bring water to boil in a pot.
  3. Put all the ingredients into the boiling water, and bring it to boil again for 5 minutes.
  4. Then lower the heat, and continue to simmer for 45 minutes covering with a lid. Serve immediately.

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