My children and I had been having a bout of stubborn coughs. After seeing doctors and getting the necessary medication, the cough is still persistent. So, I am playing Chinese herbalist, brewing some age old herbal drink.
See above are the ingredients I used. In the ceramic spoon is the loh han guo fruit which is supposed to be an expectorant (expelling phelgm). This fruit is bitter so use sparingly. I normally remove it immediately after cooking to avoid the bitterness. Loh Han Guo comes in a hard shell the size of a tennis ball. Just crack the hard shell and remove them. Use on the spongy seed.
The orange is the dried Chinese mandarin. The other brown thing is the honey date, also available in dried form. The translucent whitish/brownish pieces are the sea coconuts.
RECIPE FOR LOH HAN GUO HONEY SEA COCONUT
1 loh han guo – remove shell, wash
1 dried mandarin
3 honey dates
6 sea coconuts – slice (you can either use fresh or canned ones, I got mine fresh)
1.5 litre water
Honey to taste (I used wild honey)
Boil all the above for at least 45 minutes to an hour. Serve. The loh han guo is bitter so remove and avoid soaking it in the soup if you do not like bitter after taste.
The honey sea coconut is very delicious due to is chewy texture. I bought the fresh sea coconuts from Sunshine Farlim. It is sold in a large packet, all peeled. I don’t know it the herbal drink helps in curing cough but it is soothing to the throat and makes a great dessert/thong sui.