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Chrysanthemum Tea

   

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Chilled Chrysanthemum Tea 菊花茶

The weather is so hot right now in Singapore that it is becoming unbearable. I really miss the rainy days so much. How does one cope when things get too hot to handle? Herbal cooling tea (凉茶), in this case, the no-fuss Chrysanthemum Tea – comes to the rescue!

This requires just a few ingredients and takes only 10 minutes to make. It quenches your thirst and has “cooling” properties, which bring down body heat. It is suitable for all seasons & perfect especially for Singapore’s all-year-round tropical weather as well as the hot summer months.

Ingredients
(Serves 2)

- 50g dried chrysanthemum flowers (菊花/朵朵香)
- 1.5 litre water
- 50g rock sugar (adjust to taste)

Directions
1. In a pot, bring water to a boil. Once the water starts to boil, add chrysanthemum. Simmer for a minute or two (do not simmer for too long). Add rock sugar to taste and turn off the stove when the sugar has dissolved. Serve the drink at room temperature or chilled.
2. Take out the chrysanthemum flowers andsieve the liquid through a strainer. Drink chilled or at room temperature.

Variations
1. Add 10g licorice (liquorice) roots (aka gan zao) or about 8 pieces in step 1. Read about its health benefits below, but skip this if you are pregnant or have high-blood pressure.

Cooking Notes
1. You can also add 1 tsp of wolfberries (soaked in water till puffy first) if desired.
2. There are a type of chrysanthemum flowers which do not require boiling (杭菊); simply place the ingredients in a cup/tea pot, pour boiling water and let stand for 5 minutes. However, I prefer to bring the ingredients to a brief simmer to let the flavours seep in.
3. If you do not want to use a strainer, you can put the chrysanthemum flowers in disposable soup pouches and discard the entire pouch after simmering.

Some Possible Benefits of Chrysanthemum

chrysanthemum flowers - quench thirst
- detoxify the body
- aid in recovery from influenza, mild sunstroke
- ‘cooling’ property which regulates the body’s ‘yin and yang’, reducing internal body heat

 

Some Possible Benefits of Licorice Root

licorice roots - fight inflammation, infections, and allergies
- help soothe coughs and colds
- improve digestion
- ease menstrual cramps

I’m submitting this entry to WHB which is hosted by Food Lover’s Journey.

                                           

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38 Responses to “Chrysanthemum Tea”

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  1. sakura — May 4, 2008 @ 11:28 pm

    It became reference very much!!
    Moreover, it comes(^o^)/

    Please link to this site

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  2. tigerfish — May 5, 2008 @ 11:09 am

    Should have it cold right? Maybe can add some honey or lemon and have some cold honey chrysanthemum tea. It’s also hot in Taiwan but I can imagine hot and humid S’pore! I think I will melt too!

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  3. didally — May 5, 2008 @ 11:11 am

    This is indeed something we need to make with this unbearable heat. I like your tea cup. :P

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  4. daphne — May 5, 2008 @ 4:13 pm

    I like this cold! hehe

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  5. It looks so beautiful! Such nice photographs!

    Welcome to The Foodie Blogroll!

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  6. Susan — May 6, 2008 @ 4:15 am

    This brings back memories, Wiffy. First time I ever had chrysanthemum tea was at The Golden Unicorn (Chinatown NYC) during a Sunday dim sum lunch. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! :D

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  7. I have never tasted chrysanthemum tea, but it looks so lovely. I think it would make wonwderful iced tea!

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  8. pablopabla — May 6, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

    Ah! This is definitely one of the most common and easiest drink to make or find around our part of the world :D

    Great pics!

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  9. HoppingHammy — May 7, 2008 @ 2:38 am

    This sounds so yummy and soothing, and wow do I love that last photo. It is beautifully arranged and professional looking. You don’t give yourself enough credit for your photos. :-)

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  10. wiffy — May 7, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

    Hee thanks for the nice comments, everyone :XO: :-)

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