Ingredients from top, clockwise – Lor Hon Kuo (Buddha’s Fruit), Dried Snow Fungus, Candied Dried Mandarin Orange, Mixed Chinese Almonds, Honey Dates, Licorice Stick Slices, and Chinese Yellow Pears (in centre)
Ingredients all ready to boil in a pot
Good evening, dear friends 😀
Due to too much eating of Chinese New Year cookies and the dry weather, I have been suffering from a sore throat, which then turned into a dry cough. Whenever a cough comes from a sore throat, I know that the root cause of this is from “excessive heatiness” in the body. So, the best way is to balance back the heatiness and my cough would be gone. 😉
This “recipe” was taught to me by the owner of a Chinese Medicine Shop that I frequent. The ingredients in this fruit drink are very effective in soothing our throats from sore throats to coughs, and it can also help to reduce phlegm and soothe our lungs. In addition, the pears and Loh Hon Kor will reduce the heatiness in our body. It is very easy to prepare and the ingredients can be purchased from those shops that sells Chinese herbs and medicines.
2 Loh Hon Kor, split open
1 big dried snow fungus, soaked and washed clean
3 large candied dried mandarin oranges
1 cup Chinese almonds
10 honey dates
10 pieces “kum choe” or licorice sticks
5 litres of water
3 large yellow, juicy pears, sliced
Bring to boil all the above and then simmer for 2 hours or so. There is no need to add sugar as the drink is already naturally sweet.
I think I must have drank 2 litres of this fruit drink and my cough went from a dry cough to a phlegmy cough which got better today as I am coughing lesser. My younger daughter actually complained of a mild sore throat 2 days ago and I made her drink a large glass of this fruit drink before she went to bed, and to drink another glass the next morning. By the afternoon, when I checked with her, she told me her sore throat has gone.
However, if your phlegm is greenish or yellow in colour, it is best to consult a doctor as it is a sign of infection…… 😉