, #Spiced Ginger Chai Tea to warm up this winter
Makes 4 servings
- 1/4 inch piece of ginger (grated)
- 3 cardamom pods (take out the seeds & crush the seeds)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 vanilla bean (or good quality paste)
- 4 cups of water
- 3 teaspoons brown sugar, or honey or maple syrup (optional)
- 3 tea bags, preferably strong black tea such as Assam
- 1 cup of half-and-half
1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a saucepan or small pot. As the water heats up, add the ginger, cardamom and, if using, brown sugar.
2. Once water has reached a boil, reduce to medium-low heat so it simmers with gentle bubbles. Add the tea bags and half-and-half.
Using tea bags simplifies the process.
3. Let the liquid slowly come to a boil once again, then remove from heat.
4. Remove tea bags and carefully pour tea into teapot or cups.
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Fresh Chinese Yam (Xian Huai Shan 鮮淮山) and goji berry porridge for the win!
white rice 白米 120g
fresh Chinese Yam (xian huai shan) 鮮淮山 about 400 g ( or your desired amount)
goji berries 杞子40g
1. rinse the rice and soak for 30 minutes
2. rinse the goji berries
3. rinse the fresh Chinese yam, peel the skin, cut into small 1/2 inch pieces
4. bring 1 liter of water to boil in high heat
5. add rice and fresh Chinese yam and stir to mix
6. bring it back to boiling then simmer in low to medium heat for an hour
7. stir a few times to prevent the porridge sticking to the bottom
8. add goji berries and simmer for another 10 minutes
9. season to taste, enjoy while its warm
black sesame seeds, scallion, jujube dates, sliced Shiitake mushrooms, meat options of sliced pork or beef, marinated chicken, seafood options like scallops, fish fillets, other veggies like diced potato, carrots...