Monday, 19 October 2015

Herbal Tea (Liang Teh)

I spend a lot of money on liang teh (herbal tea). Whenever I pass by a Chinese medicine shop, I will have an urge to get a bottle of chilled herbal tea.

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Such tea range from a low cost of $1.20 to a high of about $3.50 (depending on what shop you go to, and what is their most expensive variety). I tend to go for the $1.20 + to $2 ones, depending on my mood. This cost me about $10 per week sometimes. But, cost may not be the key thing. We all drink liang teh thinking that it's healthy right? Honestly, I suspect though it has the good chinese ingredients, it is too loaded with sugar. For instance, I tried making barley water myself (about 4 cups of water), with just 6 large cubes of rock sugar, and it's taste sweet enough (for me), but those sold outside is always so sweet. I wonder how much sugar goes into it.

So this week, I come up with simple ways to make my own herbal tea, which I can bring along anywhere. With that, I can drink it whenever the craving comes. Less sugar, less money.

I am a lazy person. So my form of simple means I at most spend 10 min at it (including washing), so don't expect this post to be on liang teh that requires lots of brewing etc. So if you need to walk more than 10 min to get the liang teh, then it saves time also.

The First Step...

So first step, get a good water bottle (and the shopping mentality comes in!). As some solids will be going into the water bottle, I will recommend those with big opening at the top --- to make washing easy. If you mind eating the solids, you can get a bottle with an infuser. I searched the web, this one from www.Qoo10.com.sg seems quite good.

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Super Simple Liang Teh Recipes

All the following recipe are suitable for preparing 500 ml of liang teh.

1. Ginger Red Date Tea

- Depending on whether you like ginger or not, chop a small portion of a ginger (preferably old one) and wash it.
- Cut the ginger into pieces, and put it into the water bottle.
- Wash 3 to 4 red dates, then put it into the water bottle.
- Fill the water bottle with warm water (50% cold water + 50% hot water if you are afraid the bottle will melt).
- You can start drinking it after 15 min. 
- If you prefer it sweet, add a bit of sugar (to your liking).
- When you finish the drink, you can add more water. Good for a whole day.

2. Chrysanthemum Hawthorn Tea

- Grab a handful of dried chrysanthemum and wash, then put it into the water bottle.
- Grab a handful 4- 5 hawthorn and wash, then put it into the water bottle (if you don't like sour taste, then put less, or don't put hawthorn at all) 
- Fill the water bottle with warm water (50% cold water + 50% hot water if you are afraid the bottle will melt).
- You can start drinking it after 15 min. 
- If you prefer it sweet, add a bit of sugar (to your liking).
- When you finish the drink, you can add more water. Good for a whole day.

3. Honey Lemon

For this drink, take out the infuser in the bottle, if it has one.

- Wash a lemon (half a lemon is enough), and squeeze the juice into the bottle. Alternatively, you can slice it, and put the lemon slices into a water bottle.
- Add 3 - 4 table spoons of honey to the water bottle.
- Add warm water (50% warm + 50% cold if you are afraid that the bottle will melt) to the water bottle until it is 3/4 full.
- Shake the bottle vigorously to dissolve the honey (you can see whether it has totally dissolved by looking at the bottom of the bottle.
- Once all the honey has dissolved, top up the bottle with water.

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