Thursday, April 22, 2010

Figs (Wuhua guo, Ficus Carica) and Frittilaria Bulb (Chuangbei, Fritillaria Cirrhosa) Tong Sui Recipe – Nourishing the Lungs


Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that the lungs are responsible for the defence system of the body. The lungs are very sensitive to the air in our environment. A weak lung would have low resistance to flu, cold and cough. This recipe uses Figs (a sweet fruit, Wuhua guo, Ficus Carica) which moisten the lungs and clear excess heat from the body. Frittilaria bulbs (Chuangbei, Fritillaria Cirrhosa) are good for dissolving phlegm and lily bulbs (Baihe, Lilium Brownni) are good for stopping cough. For an extra flavour and sweetness, I added in some mutt cho (preserved Chinese Dates).
It is believed that when the lungs are healthy, our breathing improves, the skin and complexion would be healthy as well, and therefore drinking this Tong Sui can be part of your ‘beauty’ program too! Ha ha ha!

Ingredients
Figs, 10 pcs Frittilaria Bulb, ½ cup
Lily Bulbs, ½ cup
Mutt Cho, 6 pcs (large)
Water, 6 bowls
Rock Sugar, to taste

Put water and all the ingredients in a pot. Boil for around 1 hour. Add rock sugar to taste. Serve chilled or warm.

32 comments:

Somewhere in Singapore said...

I really pei fu u, can cook, can bake....

Mei Teng said...

Those figs are dried ones right? I have tasted dried figs and they're nice.

Merryn said...

i really need to learn more bout all these chinese meds.. i no nothing bout them..

penny aka jeroxie said...

I buy in bulk packets and bring it back here to cook soups. YUm!

suituapui said...

I think this is good for your sore throat, right or not?

mommy to chumsy said...

ahhh..i should boil some of this. have to strengthen my lungs :D

Alice Law said...

Looks thirst quenching to me... I would like to have some with extra "agar agar", lol!

mNhL said...

I should buy some and boil for my son. He is having a cough with phlegm....so worrying.

MayMoh said...

Hot weather is coming. I should be cooking this. I miss this drink.

Pete said...

Sharon : Can cooks simple recipes only lar.

Mei Teng : Yes they are dried ones....sweet!

Merryn : Chinese Medicine works well!

Penny : Good, can enjoy this over there!

STP : Agree, good for sore throat...so can eat more durians...LOL!

Mommy : Also good for complexion leh....LOL!

Alice : Good idea to add agar agar

mnhl : Should be good for cough. There are some additional herbs you can add to it, ask the Chinese herbal shop...they can advise....but add to many stuff, taste not good leh!

Mary : Good for hot weather

manglish said...

waaaaaaaaaaaaaa look very light and yummy.....i may have to stop coming here if not make me more homesick hhahahha

Pete said...

Manglish : Make you work harder to finish your course earlier....so can come home already....LOL!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

this remind me I have so long did not boil this kind of soup, must try this soon.

Christine said...

I bought a soup mix like this pre-packaged simply because I like the sweetness of the dates. Delicious and good for the lungs...

Cinnamon-Girl said...

I love figs and dates! This sounds yummy and so good for us too.

Pete said...

Sonia : Nice for weekends....everyone at home, hot day! LOL!

Christine : Agree, good for the lungs...

Cinnamon-Girl : Figs and dates taste good! Thks for dropping by my blog.

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

Sometimes, traditional medicines such as herbs are very effective in combating viruses. Thanks for sharing.

Shandy said...

I have never heard of a combination of ingredients like this to strengthen the lungs. Very interesting and thank you for posting, Shandy =0)

Gulmohar said...

Didn't know about these bulbs and their medicinal values..thanks Pete :-)

Cheah said...

Wow, a real caring daddy. I always make dried figs with dried pear slices and mutt choe as another 'leong sui'.

smallkucing said...

@Cleff...are you there? try out this recipe. Nice nice:)

tuti said...

wahh sounds tasty and sweet. i like!
way cheaper than birds nest for lung! hehe

Ayie said...

never tried but I eat fig newton sometimes =P

PranisKitchen said...

pete
nice post.never knew about this medicinal value of these fig and rittilaria bulbs .thanks for the information.
thanks for the comments too

JUNE said...

If this is a healthy soup, I'll have to try this. :)

cleffairy said...

Can make me prettier ah? Can la... give me drink some, pete. LOL...

Pete said...

Willie : Good also becaus it is a natural product.

Shandy : Thks for dropping by my blog, have a nice weekend.

Gulmohar : Good for the lungs

Smallkucing : Good for Cleff

Tuti : Ha ha, bird nest sure expensive

Ayie : Figs are nice and sweet

Pranis : Welcome

June : Happy cooking....LOL!

Cleff : Hah, pretty....want to drink leh...ha ha ha!

eunice said...

hello! u just reminded me that I need Tong Sui now to avoid heatiness in such hot weather!

xin said...

i cooked this before too :D easy and not much of ingredients to prepare

Annie Q said...

i should try this recipe, especially now the hot weather and everyone is coughing.

Annie Q said...

hey! I just try this recipe last weekend, taste good and my boys willing to drink too! I think i have to boil this once a week.

Pete said...

Eunice : Agree, Tong sui is good for the hot weather

Xin : It is nice too!

Annie : Thks for trying out this recipe and glad that your boys are willing to drink it. LOL!

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