Friday, June 5, 2009

Chinese Herbal Tea

Walking in the busy streets of Hong Kong, you may see some stores putting out several bowls of soup covered with lids. Or you may see an 8-feet tall steam metal pot.

These stores specialize in the traditional Chinese herbal tea, called “Leung Cha” (directly translated as “Cool Tea”). It is very popular in the southern China due to the hot and humid climate. The ingredients are mostly herbs and sometimes with tortoise shells. They may sound scary to you. To prepare it, it usually takes from 4 hours up to 3 days of simmering. Although it takes a while, the tea is awesome to neutralize the “poison” inside your body.

I read the Hong Kong Chinese newspaper online on a daily basis to keep track of what is going on in my hometown.

There was a recent article about the Hong Kong government is going to list this traditional Chinese herbal tea as non-material cultural heritage. In 2006, the Chinese government had already completed the process.
I always heard the Chinese said that beer has the same function as the Chinese herbal tea. I had never tested if both work the same. But if you drink beer once in a while, pay attention whether your pimples and/or constipation getting better or not after that.

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