Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Cordyceps - a parasitic fungi, is a precious ingredient in Chinese traditional medicine. Popularly known as the Chinese caterpillar fungus ("thoong choong choe"), it is well known to support liver, kidney, heart, and immune system functions. It also appears to act as an antioxidant in the body, protecting it from free radical damage. It helps to improve lung functions and increase energy levels.

Having suffered a bout of near-bronchitis coughing the past couple of weeks, I was advised to get some Cordyceps to help boost my recovery. So off I went to the nearest chinese medical shop and bought some of this expensive stuff. Yes, they are pretty expensive! 10g of medium-grade Cordyceps can set you back easily RM400-500! For one person, 10g can give you 4 servings.

This is how the Cordyceps looked like - like some dried out caterpillars, haha!

Add in some other chinese herbs (those white pounded stuff and the kuaci-like things, the people in the chinese medical shop would know what they are!) and 2 pieces Honeyed Dates...
Add in 1 ricebowl water and put everything into a double boiler like this... double-boil for 3 hours...
... and this was how the resultant soup looked like... it's actually quite nice, sweetish, no awful smell, haha!
You should drink this concoction at least 4 nights in a row to see results. Ideally, it should be drunk just before going to sleep.

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