Sunday, 19 October 2008

Double-Boiled Apple With Gingko Nuts

I believed most of you have heard or even tried the Double-boiled Chinese Pear with either Almond or White Fungus or even both before. It is actually a very good and effect sweet tonic drink to smooth the lungs and ease the phlegm if you are having bad cough. Usually Chinese Physician believed that there are two different types of cough which is the dry and cold cough. As in dry is mainly due to heat in our body due to lack of sleep or consuming too much heaty food.
Dried Figs(无花果)
It is rich in vitamins A & C, proteins and fibers. It strengthens the Spleen, lubricates intestines and helps with dry cough and sore throat. There are two types of figs, fresh and dried. Dried figs are usually used to make soup.

As for myself, I am consider as a weak body build so I cannot take too much of the cooling stuffs, so rather than using Chinese Pear (which is suppose to be cooling) I replace it with Apple which is neutral. The overall effect of this soup will still be the same but the different is it will not be too cooling for those who are having weak body function. Posted by Picasa

Ingredients: (serves 2)
1 1/2 to 2 Big Apple, cut into wedges
10 Gingko Nut(白果), pre-packed type
1 Tablespoon of Sweet & Bitter Almond( 南北杏)
2 Red Date(红枣), cut into wedges
1 Teaspoon Gou Qi Ji (枸杞子)
3 Dried Fig(无花果), cut into halves
800ml Warm Water
Some Rock Sugar, to taste

Methods:
1. Wash and cored and cut the apples into thick wedges, rinse the rest of the ingredients and put everything(except rock sugar) into a double-boiler and double-boiled in the slow-cooker on auto for about 2 hrs.
2. Remove the cover and add in the Rock Sugar and contine to double-boiled for another 30 minutes.
3. You can served it warm or cool and this is very effective for dry cough.

Notes:a) I used those big pinky type of Apple (refer to the picture above)

4 comments:

  1. enjoy reading your blog, especially the soups. My family loves soup - nice, warm, nourishing and so quick & easy. I love to cook soups during weekend.

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  2. hihi, it is my first time trying to make this soup. and i am just curious that, do we not need to add water into it??? And another thing is , if we just want to make it all in a pot, how should we do it? thanks alot

    louis,

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  3. Hi Louis,

    So sorry for the part of adding water... and thanks for your comments that draw my attention to it as i think i have left out "water" as part of the ingredients... I already add in the amount.

    If you will to boiled this herbal drink in a pot, u can get those heavy-duty based souppot or saucepan then u add everything in except the rock sugar and let it simmer on low heat for at least 45 mins then sweeten it with rock sugar. HTH :)

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  4. Dry cough ie no phlegm? If got phlegm, can cook this or the double boil chinese pear? MH

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