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Ginseng Tea

Ginseng Tea Recipe

The addition of salt is optional. I find that a small pinch of salt draws out the favour of the ginseng.

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins


  • 30g American Ginseng "fibers" or "beards" (洋参须)
  • 1.5 litres of water
  • a pinch of salt


  1. Bring water to a boil in a pot. Add ginseng and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Season with salt. Sieve the tea using a strainer and serve the drink at room temperature or chilled.

Noob Cook Tip

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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12 Responses to “Ginseng Tea”

  1. Anncoo — August 25, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    I think I need this ginseng tea too! As the weather is so hot and humid making lazy everyday :)


  2. mochachocolatarita — August 25, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    i dislike the bitterness of ginseng….i need to learn how to like it…


    • wiffy replied: — August 26th, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

      then brew with chrysanthemum and add lots of rock sugar :p


  3. masterofboots — August 26, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    thanks for reminding me, haha. I just went to make a cup for myself.


  4. Elayne — August 26, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    Can anyone give me advise how to prepare ginger tea pls. I simply love this drink …..Thanks!


  5. This is how I brew it too. When I’m not feeling well, I drink anything. :D


    • Elaynet replied: — August 26th, 2011 @ 10:32 am

      Thanks for your speedy reply and the recipe. Will give it a try this weekend, btw can I use those honey rock sugar from Eu Yan Sang instead. Thanks :)


      • wiffy replied: — August 26th, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

        Hi there, I don’t have a recipe for ginger tea yet. But if you want to add honey rock sugar to ginseng tea, u can do so. best if u also add some chrysanthemum :)

  6. tigerfish — August 26, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    I know that some ginseng variety is “heaty” while some other is “cooling”…now I am trying to remember which is which. Guess I really need to increase my mental alertness liao….:O


    • wiffy replied: — August 26th, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

      american & canadian are cooling, while korean is heaty – I think!!


  7. Not Yet A Mommy — August 26, 2011 @ 11:21 pm

    This sounds really good. I drink a lot of green tea, but haven’t had much ginseng at all. yum!


  8. Tastes of Home (Jen) — August 28, 2011 @ 12:56 am

    Ginseng tea is something I shld drink more often :D My mom always had to force us to drink it as we didn’t like the bitter taste hehe…looking fwd to your HK stories!