Ginseng Tea 洋参茶
This is a very simple ginseng tea recipe with the most minimum ingredients – ginseng, water and salt (optional). Ginseng with its cooling property is perfect for combating our hot weather, keeping the body balanced. It is also a drink which is touted to improve mental alertness (提神), thus mums love to brew this for their children during exams period (for the same reason, you should avoid consuming this this drink too close to bedtime). If you like a sweeter version of this herbal tea, do check out my ginseng chrysanthemum tea recipe. Besides using American ginseng, you can also use Canadian ginseng like in my Canadian ginseng, chrysanthemum and wolfberries tea recipe.
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In this particular recipe, I use the inexpensive American ginseng “fibers” or “beards” which are small, thin and wispy looking (see photo above). You can easily get a packet for less than S$10 here. Read more about American ginseng fiber here. Check out all ginseng recipes here.
- 30g American Ginseng “fibers” or “beards” (洋参须)
- 1.5 litres of water
- a pinch of salt (optional)
1. Bring water to a boil in a pot. Add ginseng and simmer for 5 minutes.
2. Season with salt if desired. Take out the ginseng using a strainer and serve the drink at room temperature or chilled.
1. The addition of salt is optional. I find that a small pinch of salt draws out the favour of the ginseng.
2. If you do not want to use a strainer, you can put the ginseng in disposable soup pouches and discard the entire pouch after simmering.
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