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Tateishi Kazu’s Miracle Vegetable Soup For Health & Brown Rice Tea – Alternative Health Therapy For Treating High Blood Pressure, Diabetes & Other Illnesses; For Skin Rejuvenation, Slowing Aging Process ….

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Ingredients for  Miracle Vegetable Soup

Clockwise from top – Carrots, Fresh Shitake Mushrooms, White Radish or Daikon WITH Leaves, Burdock Root (Gobo, or Ngau Pong in Cantonese)

Disclaimer – Please read HERE & HERE, before you proceed with this soup. This soup is only an alternative health remedy. Please read the COMMENTs below for the health benefits experienced by those who have tried the vegetable soup for themselves.  💡

Good morning, dear friends 😀

My husband was just diagnosed with diabetes (his mom was a diabetic) and put on medication by his doctor. However, the diabetes medication made him hungry all the time – if he keeps on eating to satisfy his hunger, then he puts on a lot of weight; but if he doesn’t eat, then he goes hypoglaemic and gets lightheaded.  🙄

On top of that, he is on medication for high blood pressure, too. Both medicines are to  be taken for the rest of his life – not very happy news for my husband, who unfortunately leads a very sedentary lifestyle (no exercise at all 🙄 ) and who loves his carbs (hot steamed rice with tau yew bak, Hokkien Mee, etc).

Last weekend, I met a friend whom I have not seen for a few years and when I told him about my husband’s health condition, he told me there is a soup remedy that can regularise a person’s blood pressure as well as his diabetes. His wife makes this for his family to drink everyday.

Most importantly, he described to me his friends’ experiences whereby one successfully got off his high blood pressure medication (after his doctor confirmed his blood pressure is back to normal), and an elderly lady who was weak in her legs, regained her strength and could walk normally without any aid. Another lady used to run out of breath just crossing the road and after 3 days of drinking this soup, she even got her neighbour to take a brisk walk with her around the park. 😀

Wow, was I impressed 😯  – this soup really has miraculous health benefits. Apparently, the recipe and information of this soup has been circulating in Taiwan and Malaysia for many years, in Chinese magazines and newspapers. I couldn’t read any Chinese and so I didn’t come across this wonderful soup. My friend told me this soup is known in Cantonese as “Ng Sik Tong”  (5 Colour Soup), and gave me the recipe for it. I was fascinated and wanted more information. Very fortunately, a search over the Internet came up with “Takeshi Kazu’s Life Extension Soup with Brown Rice Tea.” 😀

I quickly went to the market on Sunday, bought all the necessary vegetables and brown rice and prepared the soup and tea for my family.

Today is the fourth day that my family is drinking the soup and tea and I’m glad to say that we are seeing some good results already. I will post my family’s day-to-day experience in the COMMENT BOX below.

The vegetable soup and brown rice tea are so easy to make, and they don’t cost much…it is worth trying it for the sake of good health. It is better than taking hundreds of dollars worth of vitamins and supplements…..the soup and tea only cost a fraction, certainly very affordable and  best is, it can  treat a whole lot of ailments for the entire family! 😀

There is a wealth of  information on this incredible soup legend below (resources from a translation of his article in Taiwan and from HERE) :-

What the Miracle Vegetable Soup may do –

  • Heal Cancer
  • Restore injured joints and bone structure
  • Slow down the aging process
  • Rejuvenate the skin
  • Heal Cataracts
  • Heal liver disorders
  • Lower high blood pressure
  • Improve heart conditions
  • Reduce brain tumors and other head-injury problems
  • Reduce high white blood cell counts
  • Improve T-cell function

How did this soup come about ❓

Tateshi Kazu based his soup on the principles of Five Elements theory, the harmonizing balance of the forces of yin and yang, acid and alkaline, that engenders health as opposed to the imbalance, which leads to disease.

The five elements in our environment are wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Because of the balance of the five elements, the earth is able to produce life.

Each essence possesses its own color: green, red, yellow, white and black. These relate to the corresponding internal organs: heart, liver, spleen, lung and kidneys. He used the concept of the five different colors as matched to specific vegetables.

  • Green = Daikon Radish Leaves
  • Red = Carrot
  • Yellow = Burdock Root
  • White = Daikon Radish
  • Black = Shittake Mushrooms

What is so special about the soup is its composition of ingredients – vegetables that are so commonplace, simply what we usually have on our dining table, and they are so very affordable. For whatever physical disorder and symptoms, what it takes is just another cup of ordinary “vegetable soup” a day.

Vegetable Soup Recipe

Ingredients (for 2 days’ quantity)

  • 16 ounces or 450 gm white radish/ daikon
  • 8 to 10 ounces or 225 to 380 gm white daikon greens
  • 8 to 10 ounces or 225 to 280 gm carrots
  • 8 ounces or 225 gm fresh burdock root (also known as  Gobo in Japanese, Uang in Korean, Ngau Pong or Niu Pang in Chinese) [if using dried burdock root, use only 2 ounces or 1/4 of fresh amount required]
  • 3-5 fresh shitake mushrooms (sundried) – if not sundried, expose dried mushrooms to sun again. This is to convert the good stuff into Vitamin D in the mushrooms (refer to information on mushrooms below)


1. Don’t peel anything! Don’t add any seasoning!

2. Fill a pot with three times the quantity of water as the vegetable.

3. When it comes to a boil, reduce the flame and simmer for two hours.

4. Strain and drink.

5. Store in refrigerator immediately when cool to avoid losing any of the soup’s goodness. Be sure to store in stainless steel pots or glass containers as the soup may react with other materials (especially aluminium)

Below is my pot of Miracle Vegetable Soup:-

Some possible “getting-well” temporary reactions

After taking it for a few days, this soup prepared from only five kinds of vegetables will have different effects on individuals, but these reactions are much milder than actual physical disorders and are only temporary.

The formula is basically working on our different internal mal-functions and toxins, some we may not even be aware of, and those with more problems will have more instant and longer reactions on the particular problem areas.

These will be normal detoxification effects like itchy skin or eczema and increased frequency of bowel movements, etc. Varying with different toxins in different individuals, the following conditions may be felt.

  • More instant and intense reactions for those with more problems Reactions less noticeable and in stages for the less focused
  • Seemingly no reactions for those who are in better health and with better adaptability
  • More vigorous reactions for the weak and feeble

Whatever the reactions, it is recommended to continue normal consumption, and the reactions will ease out in a short period of time.

The health of modern man is under constant threat of air and water pollutions, chemical additives and preservatives in food and agricultural products and all kinds of environment toxins. Our body becomes more acidic, and the very precious inborn immune system is declining. To avoid developing chronic diseases and cancer, our body need to be properly cleansed and maintained.

“Getting-well reactions” are normal detoxification effects in accelerating body cell activities, enhancing metabolism and strengthening of the immune system, building up stronger body resistance. When these effects are felt, our detoxification system is awakened and activated; this shows the progress of healing, and the more vigorous they are, the more toxic our body is that need proper care and management.

Nutritional value of the five vegetables


Radish is very rich in vitamin C, ten times more than that in pears and apples. It also has plenty of digestive enzymes, particularly of starchy foods, that help mend the stomach membrane, improve the secretion of digestive liquids and promotes energy circulation, preventing gastritis, ulcer in the stomach and excess of hydrochloric acid in gastric juice. It also has anti-cancer properties INDD that checks the growth of cancer cells and dissolves ammonium nitrate that is cancer causing.

Radish leaves

The abundance of nutrients found in radish leaves is amazing. It has three times as much Vitamin A as that in livers and eels, 60% more of Vitamin B1 than that in fermented soybeans, two times as much Vitamin B2 as that in cow’s milk. It is extremely rich in iron and is an ideal food for nourishing blood. Radish leaves are the richest in Vitamin C, two and a half times as that in tangerines, four times as that in spinach, so discarding the leaves when eating the radish is really a waste. Radish leaves have a slightly pungent but pleasant and smooth taste. It is a very nutritious green-leaf vegetable that maintains a balance with the properties of the other part of the same plant: the edible part of the radish root. The special quality of the radish root and its leaves is another wonder and mystery of nature


Carrot is rich in Beta Carotene, a very strong antioxidant, and other minerals that are easily absorbed by the human body. The body changes Beta Carotene into Vitamin A, which is important in strengthening the immune system and promoting healthy cell growth. It is also rich in lignin and INDD that help fight cancer and boost up two to three times the human immunity.


Mushrooms are rich in dietary fibres, and minerals like potassium, iron, etc. It is high in B vitamins and ergosterol that will be converted to Vitamin D in the presence of sunlight, which is essential for utilization of calcium. Mushroom has a polysaccharide compound called lentinan which helps produce T-cells to destroy bacteria and viruses and has anti-cancer, anti-tumor effects, strengthening the immune system and fighting disease-causing organisms. Zinc and selenium in mushrooms also activate thymus in the chest that helps in T-cell production. Amino acids in mushrooms arealso effective for liver diseases.


Dietary fibre in burdock is the richest among all root vegetables, which is best for prevention of diseases of the large intestine. It is also rich in minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, calcium, etc. There is equal proportion of soluble and insoluble fibres that stimulate lactic acids, improve constipation and the discharge of cholesterols. It also enhances blood circulation, relieves internal wind and heat, clearing the lung and diminishing eczema, edema and body toxins, preventing cancer and arteriosclerosis. Its iron content makes it a good food supplement for ladies for skin-care purposes.


Brown Rice Tea Recipe

Another remedy that can be used in conjunction with the vegetable soup is brown rice tea. It is a good diuretic for ridding excess water from the body.

For diabetics, it can bring the sugar level down by producing more natural insulin in the body. It cleanses the blood and blood vessel.

A person with a heart condition drinking both soups in 20 days will be able to regulate their problem by drinking three cups per day. up

For a regular cancer patient, about two cups.

Ingredients :

1 cup (250 cc or ml size) or 300 gms or 10 ounces brown rice

16 cups or 4 litres or 4 quarts water

Note: only cook in stainless steel or glass. Do not mix with any other ingredients. Don’t be “creative.”

Untoasted, unwashed, raw brown rice

Brown Rice that has been dry roasted in my wok to a dark brown colour

(the white specks are white rice that came with the brown rice)


1. Roast the rice without oil until dark brown but don’t burn.

2. Boil 8 cups of water and pour roasted rice into water.

3. Turn off flame, cover and let sit five minutes.

4. Strain out rice and reserve liquid.

5. Boil 8 more cups of water.

6. Put the remaining rice back in the water.

7. Cover, lower flame and simmer five minutes.

8. Strain rice out.

9. Mix the two rice waters together. Drink when cool.

Brown Rice Tea in my stainless steel pot, ready for drinking

Special Notes:

  • The amount one needs depends on the condition. The more serious the condition, the more tea.
  • Do not drink tea while taking a high protein substance.
  • Don’t drink the vegetable soup and brown rice tea together. Wait at least 15 minutes apart.
  • If you use this remedy regularly you will never be sick.

Some possible reactions:

  • itchy skin or eczema
  • If you use medications and/or have eczema, use less because of possible stronger reaction
  • People with head injury problems may develop headaches but don’t worry.
  • People with eye problems may get temporary blurred vision or itching around eyes. Eyesight will get better. If you wear prescription glasses, try to reduce the prescription and use glasses less frequently.
  • Lowering of body temperature, but this is normal.

*** Notes: For high blood pressure, drink the two soups alternately but slowly. Blood pressure will come down after one month. Talk to a doctor about reducing medication, but don’t stop medication right away. Use remedy for minimum of one month.

*** Notes: If you are on medication, do consult with a doctor to adjust your dosage. This remedy works for some people. It may not work for you. It is not intended to replace the traditional treatments.

I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that my husband will have his blood pressure and glucose/sugar level restored to normality so that he can get off his medication. Because he is working and he is taking Western medication, I can only give him one cup (250 ml) each of soup and tea (he’s supposed to take up to 3 cups each per day) on weekdays and so, his healing rate will be later than the one month mentioned.

Another word of caution – take the soup and tea separately (with half to one hour apart), and take them one hour after consuming Chinese medicine and two hours after Western medicine. This is to prevent contraindications. 😉

Good Luck! With best wishes for good health,

choesf 😀


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Suffusing The Universe With Loving Kindness

Good morning, dear friends 😀

This is one of my favourite musical pieces that I listen to to calm down and fill the energies in my home with loving kindness. It is a musical rendition by Imee Ooi of the Buddhist Metta (Loving Kindness) Chant, with lyrics in the Pali and English languages.

Metta chanting is the radiation of loving kindness to all beings in all directions. May they all be peaceful and happy always!

When one does this regularly, one will  :-

  • feel peaceful and relaxed
  • have anger melting away
  • feel more loving
  • feel compassionate
  • find it easier to de-stress

Enjoy 😀

With metta,

choesf 😀

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Chinese Herbal Prescription Formula For Protection Against A H1N1 Flu

Herbal for prevention of H1N1

Chinese Herbal Prescription for building up body resistance to the A H1N1 virus


Chinese Herbal Prescription for A H1N1 Influenza

A packet of Chinese Herbal Prescription for countering the A H1N1 Flu


Happy Saturday, dear friends 😀

A month or so ago, I have been receiving through emails and my cell phone a Chinese Formula/Prescription for a herbal tea to stave off the Influenza A H1N1.  For my family, I have been brewing Ng Far Char or “Five Flower Tea” (read my earlier post on this HERE) to reduce body heatiness, which in Traditional Chinese Medicine is  believed to be the root cause for weak body immunity and susceptibility to any flu virus.

Recently, I saw these herbs for the AH1N1 prescription prepacked for  sale at my regular Chinese Medical Hall (shop) – it costs only RM10 for each packet. I bought some to try for my family. Seeing as how the rate of deaths arising from the A H1N1 flu in China is so low given its large population, I was convinced that this herbal formula must be working well to build up our body immunity.

I thought to post this Chinese formula here for those of you who live abroad and you have access to your local Chinatowns…hope that you get the herbs shown in the formula. 😉

How to prepare the herbs –

1) Just bring to boil the herbs in 3 litres of water, lower heat to small and simmer for 2 hours.

2) Remove herbs with a slotted spoon and add in red or brown or white sugar according to taste.

3) Drink one cup or two  per person per day. Keep any left over refrigerated.

Important Note : If you are on Western medication, please keep 3 hours apart between consuming this herbal drink and taking your medication (to prevent contra-indications/clash)

With best wishes,

choesf 😀

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Easy Homemade Dragon Fruit Health Enzyme For Drinking & My Review Of This Enzyme

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Two bottles of Dragon Fruit Enzymes and a bowl of Dragon Fruit “Jam”

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A small cup consisting of 2 to 3 tablespoons of Dragon Fruit Enzyme, mixed with water.

To be had first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach for better absorption.

(Please read the comments below for feedback on my family’s health after we started drinking this)


Good evening, dear friends 😀

Ah, finally…. I am posting my recipe for making enzymes for drinking. All thanks go to my blog visitor, Jessica, who so graciously shared with me her recipe for making drinking enzymes at Comment # 14 at my cleaning enzyme post HERE .

I did some reading over the Internet to find out more on drinking enzymes .

Some links with good information, recipes and tips on fruit enzymes :-

1) here,  from e-How

2) here, from Leah’s Cafe

3) here, from Penang-Island

4) here, from Cooking Momster – this site has some background on a Chinese recipe for fruit enzymes using “San Cha” used to make Haw Flakes. There are some interesting recipes there as well as the benefits of the various fruit enzymes. 😉

Different sites have different information on the recipes – like how much fruit in proportion to sugar/honey, when to shake the enzyme during fermentation, how long to wait before harvesting enzyme (period ranges from 2 weeks to 6 months), and how to take the fruit enzyme for health.  So, I would suggest that you gather as much information as you like on the Internet before you start making your own enzymes.

In general, it was reported that drinking fruit enzymes improves our vitality, ensures regularity in our bowel system, aids in digestion and enhances body absorption of nutrtients.

Initially, I was going to buy a large glass jar to prepare the enzyme in, but at the last minute, I decided that I would just use the inner pot of my slow cooker  – the reason being, I didn’t know how much of liquid enzyme would be yielded and I wanted to get the size of the jar right. 💡

Picture 031 (Small)I had used my crockpot to prepare the enzyme. My fruits all layered with the last topping being lemon and sugar. After that, I poured in 1 cup of apple cider and 1 cup of Australian honey

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I covered my crockpot with the glass lid and a piece of aluminium to keep out the light. Beside it is a new glass jar that I had bought to prepare more Fruit Enzyme the next time.

Some tips to share with you :-

  1. make sure that the fruits, chopping board and knives are completely dry as even a drop of water can spoil the enzyme. I washed them thoroughly and left them to dry overnight. But, if you are rushed for time or you find that your items are not 100% dry, do like what Jessica does – she uses a hairdryer! 😉
  2. as you cut your fruits, it is best to place them straight in the jar – this is to ensure that the fruits are not contaminated or exposed to fruit flies
  3. you have to use a glass jar for safety reasons because we are going to drink this enzyme.  If plastic bottles are used instead, it is feared that the fermentation process may leech out some unhealthy stuff used to make the plastic bottles
  4. the fruit enzyme needs a dark, cool place to ferment. You can also wrap a piece of aluminium foil or an old t-shirt or cloth around the glass jar
  5. shake or stir the fruits often to prevent build-up of a whitish mould at the surface. Don’t worry, the mould is safe and is a sign that fermentation is well underway.
  6. if black spots or black moulds are seen, it would mean that the fruit enzyme is contaminated. Some people recommended that the black moulds be scooped out and the fruits left to ferment further. For me, I would prefer to throw the whole batch away and start a new one, for fear of food poisoning  from the contamination.
  7. upon harvest, pour the liquid enzyme into old, clean wine bottles. The leftover fruit can be used as jams, or it can be fermented further to be used as a facial wash or plant fertiliser. I gave half of my fermented fruit to a friend, and the other one is kept in the fridge to eat as a jam with my toasts.

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This is my one day old Fruit Enzyme

Because 2 of my dragon fruits were over-ripe and there were some worms inside (I am terrified of worms 😯 ), I had a paranoia that my other fruits may have eggs that will turn into worms! 😆 So, I decided at the last step of the preparation to add 1 cup of apple cider (I thought that should kill anything inside and of course, I had thrown away the worm infested fruits!) and for added fragrance and to cut down the sugar level, I replaced one cup of sugar with Australian honey. 💡

I had read that the apple cider will speed up the fermentation process, and that was also another reason that I added the apple cider.

Picture 034This is after a week – there is more liquid produced and there is some white bubbles on the surface – a sign of fermentation in progress

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My Dragon Fruit Enzyme ready to be harvested – 2 weeks after preparation 😀

My Dragon Fruit Recipe

3 kilos or 6 1/2 pounds of Pink Dragon Fruit

8 lemons

1 kilo or 1 3/4 pounds slabs of brown sugar (or loose brown sugar)

1 cup apple cider

1 cup honey



Remove skins and cut to slices about 1 cm or 1/2 inch thick

Arrange dragon fruit starting at the bottom, alternating with slices of lemon and sugar

The last layer at the top must be sugar

Pour apple cider and honey over everything

Cover and keep for 2 weeks, shaking gently the contents in the first few days, and stirring thereafter occasionally


The fruit enzyme was harvested exactly 2 weeks after preparation and there was just enough to fill 2 wine bottles. Half a bottle was consumed immediately for a few days, while the rest will be left for a further duration until 4 to 6 months, with a taste test at every 2 weeks.

In a few days, my enzyme will be exactly 1 month old, and I will see how the taste goes.  A website had mentioned that the ph of the enzyme improves over time, especially after 4 months. I’m not sure exactly what that meant and I just assume that the enzyme will not be so acidic after a longer period. I guess it is like wine, which tastes better over time! 😆

Also, new enzymes are more alcoholic in nature and some websites do not recommend that the enzyme be consumed at this stage because the alcohol is not good on the liver. My opinion is the new enzyme should be fine for consumption as we are not drinking large amounts of it enough to damage our liver. We are just having 2 to 3 tablespoons a day as a tonic for our health. 😉

The 2-week old fruit enzyme tasted like a mild apple cider mixed with alcohol, with a hint of apple cider and honey. My children hated the taste of it and I had to tell them to pretend that it was Ribena! Anyway, they never liked apple cider either! 😆

It is best to drink the enzyme first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, rest for half an hour before taking breakfast. I mixed the enzyme with  2 times its amount of room temperature water. For me and my second daughter, the dragon fruit enzyme tasted absolutely delicious – like a fruity wine! It didn’t smell bad or rotten at all as I had thought it to be.

The period that we consumed the dragon fruit enzyme (5 days all in) was too short to notice any significant improvement in our vitality and health. But all of us reported easier and better bowel movements, as if the enzyme is removing toxins faster from our bodies. Another reason why I stopped drinking the enzymes after 5 days was because I developed a mild food poisoning from eating some bad curry at a mamak shop. My husband and second daughter continued to take until 1 week and they didn’t report and adverse side effects in their health.

In summary, I would definitely recommend to everyone that they should try to make some fruit enzymes to drink. I think the enzymes will do more good than harm. I have seen some stalls at the TTDI pasar (markets) selling the homemade dragon fruit enzyme for RM39 (USD10) for a 750ml bottle. My cost was only half of that and by making my own enzyme, I can be sure that I use good quality fruits and there is hygiene in preparing them.

My next post will be how to make our own rice enzyme for washing dishes. A friend gave me a bottle to try and it is really effective in cutting grease!

Do have a lovely week ahead!

With best wishes for good health,

choesf 😀

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Try “Ng Far Cha” or “5-Flower Tea” To Boost Your Immunity, Dispel Damp-Heatiness, Clear Heatiness

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(Read HERE for a Chinese  Prescription Formula to get the herbs to brew a tea specifically to boost body immunity against the A H1N1 Flu pandemic)


Hi there, dear friends 😀

I am always on the lookout on natural home remedies for good healh and last week, I overheard a few ladies talking about the Influenza A Type H1N1 and what they are doing from the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective to boost body immunity.  I joined in their conversation and learned that they are brewing a type of tea using dried flowers, known as “Gold and Silver Flowers” (translated literally from Cantonese as “Kum Ngan Far.”)

So, I quickly went to my regular Chinese medical hall and told the boss there what I had learned from those ladies. He said according to  TCM, it is very easy to catch a flu, sore throat and fever when our body is experiencing heatiness (especially “fire” in Chinese terms). As long as we can balance our body’s yin (cold) and yang (hot) carefully at all times, we can lessen the chances of catching any flu because our body immunity is stronger.

Instead of using just the “Gold & Silver Flowers”, he recommended instead the “5-Flower Tea” or “Ng Far Cha” in Cantonese. In his prescription of this tea, it has Dried Chrysanthemum Flowers and 2 other types of Flowers (I forgot the names 😳 )  in addition to the Gold & Silver Flowers. This tea will work even better in dispelling body heatiness and dampness, and especially heatiness in the colon (which is caused by irregular bowel movements and toxins are absorbed into the body).

To brew this tea – I bought 2 packets (RM5 each) Ng Far Cha and boiled the herbs in large pot of water (about 6 to 7 litres) for 2 hours. Remove the flowers and add “red sugar” (Hoong Tong or Gula Merah) or brown sugar to taste. The red sugar has anti-inflammatory properties.

Store the tea in bottles and drink some everyday. They can be kept refrigerated up to 1 week.

Do get some Ng Far Cha and make this for your family to drink, especially now that we are experiencing the hot weather and with the H1N1 and Dengue Fever going around, it is best to keep our body “cool” internally.  This cooling tea are sold at “leong char” or “cooling herbal tea” stalls and shops in town and you can buy from there if you don’t have the time to brew it.   😉

With best wishes for good health,

choesf 😀




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Sweet Version Of Lung Cleansing Watercress Soup – Good For Smokers, Halitosis (Bad Breath), Soothing Body Heatiness & Coughs

Hi there, dear friends 😀

Earlier I had written about the wonderful health benefits of the watercress soup for cleansing our lungs. This post can be read HERE .

All this while, I have always cooked a savoury version of watercress soup, using either pork or chicken…but today, I decided to do a sweet version. My healer friend had mentioned before that the sweet version tastes even better when it is drank cold after it is refrigerated.

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Below is a picture of my large pot of watercress soup – the ingredients were :-

  • 1 kg watercress, cleaned and use stems and all
  • 400 gm of preserved honey dates or “mutt joe”
  • about 4 litres of water or enough water to fill a large pot

Method – Bring all ingredients to a boil, lower fire and simmer for 4 hours.


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A mug of delicious, rich coloured, sweet watercress soup.

Just strain off the soup and store it in bottles in the refrigerator. It can be kept for 2 to 3 days, and each of my family member will have at least one cup of this healthy soup each day.

Among the Chinese, the watercress soup is traditionally known to be good for our lungs but it was from my healer friend that I learnt the watercress soup, be it savoury or sweet, has the following health benefits  :-

1) it is really effective for detoxifying our lungs of impurities. Smokers and people who live in a polluted environment will benefit greatly from drinking this soup.

2) in TCM, bad breath or halitosis is believed to be caused by heatiness of the lungs, and this soup will cure that. My healer friend was approached one day for a natural remedy by a lady whose husband was having bad breath. He drank the watercress soup over 2 days and his bad breath was gone completely.

3) a soothing remedy for body heatiness, especially during the hot and dry weather.

4) also a good remedy for soothing the lungs from coughs

A word of caution – although I love the taste of watercress soup, my youngest son said it smells terrible. So, you be the judge, okay? 😆

With best wishes for good health,

choesf 😀

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Nourishing Soup For A Hot, Hazy Weather

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Good morning, dear friends Very Happy

These few weeks, the weather has been very hazy  and extremely hot in Kuala lumpur. This situation brought to my mind this recipe given to me by my healer friend in year 2005  when we experienced the worst haze ever, when schools and offices had to be closed in the Klang Valley.

During that time, the symptoms that we had were “foggy” brains/mind (we can’t seem to think well, hehe – maybe from not enough oxygen to the brain?), forgetfulness, body heatiness and lethargy/no energy.

She gave me me this recipe which was handed down by her grandmother (so, it must be a 100-years old recipe, as the healer is in her 50’s) but she spoke to me in Cantonese, so I’ll try my best to translate here.

Ingredients  :-

  • Cleaned flesh from 1 small wintermelon
  • 1  cup (or RM 1 mixed Chinese barley (“sang sook yee mai” in Cantonese), or normal barley
  • 1/2 cup dried mandarin orange peel (homemade or buy from Chinese Medical Hall)
  • 1/2 kg pork spare ribs (or pork lean meat)
  • 4 litres water

Method – Bring all ingredients to a boil,  lower heat to small and simmer  for 3 hours. Add seasoning to taste. You can serve this nutritious soup with your dinner.

This soup helps to clear our body systems from the pollutants and dry heat in the weather. Personally, I added 1 cup of red dates for fragrance. Now that the haze is back, I will go to the farmer’s market (pasar malam) this evening to buy the ingredients and my family will be having this soup tomorrow.
Very Happy

With best wishes for good health,

choesf 😀

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