as my pregnancy is about to reach the 4th month, ari’s parents sent us recipes for Chinese medicine where i had to buy, cook and drink the stuff.
yesterday, ari, ari’s mom (who’s here for the holiday) and i went to Chinatown to do some herbs shopping. this is very exciting, since this is the first time i ever entered (not to mention buying from) a Chinese medicine store… since this is ari’s first time as well, we thought we should try the one that looks most.. modern. that way, we hope the clerks will be able to speak English.
well, it turned out that we don’t really need to speak in English… the recipes is written in Chinese, so, all we had to do is to show the paper to the man behind the desk and everyone in the store goes, “aahh!”… and they went to prepare the herbs and all.
the guy ran around with a small scale in his hand, going from one shelf to another, picking up some kind of roots, grass and dry flowers. it was placed on a white paper, which later wrapped into a packet. the whole thing only costs around 5 bucks. yay!
next time, we’re going to try a different medicine store… maybe the ancient looking ones. 🙂
we also had to buy a ceramic pot to cook the herbs, since all i have is a metal pot. so we bought a small-sized one, and hoping maybe we can use it for hot-pot cooking someday.
today, we cooked the herbs. all the ingredients were mixed into the pot, and we added 1.5 cups of water. we made sure that all those leaves and roots were under the water. brought it to boil and simmered it with a very low heat. the recipes says that we need to cook it long enough, leaving only 1 cup of liquid. it didn’t take too long. in only half an hour, the cooking is done, leaving brownish-black liquid on the bottom of the pot. it smelled very mediciny… and bitter…
after draining all the roots and leaves, we put the dark brown liquid in a bowl, waiting for it to cool down. i couldn’t wait to try it out…
after leaving it for about 5 minutes, it was ready. i started with a tiny sip. i knew it was going to be bitter… but, boy, it was BITTER!!!! it left a weird after-taste, too. and the further you go down to the bottom of the bowl, the thicker the soup… and the weirder and more bitter the taste… yikes!
fortunately, i could finish it. we’ve prepared a glass of sweet tea nearby and three Chinese candy, given by the medicine store (i guess they knew it was going to be very bitter, and sweet candy will be needed ;), which i immediately took after the last sip of the medicine.
in two months, i will need to have another cup similar to this one. it’s made from a different recipe, but i’m sure the taste will not be much different. i’m looking forward to do the herb shopping, but i’m not sure if i’m looking forward to the drinking part… heh heh.