Friday, May 08, 2009

Chinese Ginger Tea (黑糖薑茶)



This Chinese ginger brown sugar drink is said to be very beneficial. Not only it can fight cold but can fix the problem some women encounter when having their periods such as headache, stomachache, heavy flow, etc. Ginger had been used in ancient Chinese medicine to treat illnesses so this is a no surprise. Chinese women consumed lots of ginger after given birth for the full whole month to prevent the "wind" to get into the body, because we believed if the "wind" gets into the body, it will create problem later in life. It is also said that for people who live in the tropical country, if you do travel to another country during the cold weather, boil this tea and drink, it will prevent your body from getting sick. I know for a fact that ginger is anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. So, if you see a cold is coming, make this tea and drink it hot. Then, cover yourself with a blanket and let your body sweat. You should be recovered naturally. Call me old-fashion but I believed in ancient natural remedy. Now, I make this tea occasionally just to strengthen the body. It is best to use the age old ginger and drink it hot.




I made a tea pot and this is my approximate recipe.


Ingredients:


  • 20 oz water
  • 6 slices of ginger (old ginger preferred)
  • 4 Tbsp. Chinese brown sugar (黑糖) or to taste (available at Asian store)

Method:


In a saucepan, add in water and let it boil. When boiled, add in the ginger and sugar. Let it boil for 10-15 minutes. Serve hot.
I pour in a tea pot and share among us.



Note:
I would recommend you to get the Chinese brown sugar
(黑糖) at the Asian supermarket for this tea as the flavor is different ( less sweet too) from the normal brown sugar we buy at the baking section. Showing you a picture above.

20 comments:

s. stockwell said...

The tea looks so good to us right now? We are in Santa Barbara with a disastrous fire raging nearby. waiting to possibly evacuate? so the tea is the right idea. best, s

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Sounds good and healing! Gets rid of 'wind' quite efectively. When I was in confinement, my mother-in-law cooked lots of ginger for me to eat with chicken.
Thanks for the recipe.
Happy Mother's Day!

Jackie said...

Preventions is better than cure !!

This is a good health remedy.

Wishing you a Happy Mother's Day...enjoys.

SIG said...

What is this... both u and Peony doing confinement food haha.

Emile Zola@life said...

Thanks for sharing, this is good for me as I easily get wind..

Ricardo said...

I absolutely love ginger tea ...give us some. so nice and a warm feeling when you drink, really helps digestion...thx for sharing :) xx Rico-Recipe

Little Corner of Mine said...

Hi S. Looks like the fog had given the firemen some relieve. Hope the fire will die down soon. It looks scary on the pictures. Keep safe!

You're welcome Keats. Happy Mother's Day to you too! :)

Thanks Jackie. Happy Mother's Day to you too! :)

Haha SIG, this drink is not confinement drink lah. Just a drink you drink to fend off illnesses and keep the "wind" off.

You're welcome Emile. Then, should drink this hot whenever you are having your period.

You're welcome Ricardo. Yes, help indigestion and morning sickness too. Just an overall good drink. ;)

ICook4Fun said...

I will have ginger drink when I have a lot of wind but I used those from the bottle :)

Anonymous said...

Will you please show us a picture of the label of your Chinese brown sugar?

noobcook said...

fantastic recipe! I always luv Chinese tea and luv the warming effect of ginger tea. Your teapot and teacup are soooo beautiful, I wanna steal, hehe

SIG said...

Happy Mummy's Day, dear C. :)

sue said...

I've just tried your Chinese Ginger Tea, cos' I'm having a bad cough and cold...your remedy helps soothe my chest and throat a lot...thanks for the recipe, I'll keep taking it every now and then...Have a wonderful Mother's Day..LCOM!!!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Gert, bottle ginger drink, what is that? Ginger Ale?

Anon, yes, I will post a picture of my Chinese brown sugar later.

Haha noobcook, thanks!

Happy Mother's Day, dear SIG. :)

That's good to hear, Sue. Happy Mother's Day to you too! :)

ICook4Fun said...

Is concentrated ginger juice with honey that I brought all the way from Malaysia. So I just have to add hot water to it.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Gert, ginger and honey are good stuff. Honey is anti-inflammatory food too and energy booster. I try to drink a glass of honey a day.

mold removal said...

I have been looking around for the recipe of this ginger tea. My husband likes it a lot. Will definitely try it one day. Thank you for sharing. Your blog is awesome.

Jaclyn said...

This is so simple and absolutely delicious! I'll never buy ginger tea bags again! lol. I couldn't find the brown sugar you recommended. :( But since I like to keep my carbohydrates low, I used Splenda Brown Sugar Blend. It's turned out very good this way as well, not too sweet. :)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Jaclyn,
Glad you liked it. I have been drinking it and it is good. Should really drink it at least once a week to strengthen the body. I need to go buy more Chinese brown sugar to make this.

Anonymous said...

Is this different from "Teh Halia"? Would "Teh Halia" work for flu too?

Little Corner of Mine said...

Anon, the taste is different from "Teh Halia". I'm not really sure whether it works the same. It should if it has ginger in it, but the Chinese brown sugar has some sort of benefit in this ginger drink too.