Bitter good

Though I am a water chugger, I am frequently plagued by sore throat and mouth ulcer due to stress and lack of sleep. I found myself on the verge of another episode of sore throat recently when I was in Ipoh and my sister recommended that I try a dose of Chinese medicated tea. I remember when I was growing up, my parents would occasionally make us drink them – we referred to them as salty tea (“harm cha” in Cantonese). Salty tea is the plain version of the tea. Depending on your symptoms, the tea concocter would mix bitter medicine powder into the tea. From a simple cough to flu, there is no ailment too obscure for the healing power of the traditional bitter tea.

So, we located the stall and I gulped down a full bowl of the bitterest drink I’ve ever had. My sister and husband, on the other hand, needed some oomph in their energy level – so they opted for some ginseng and flower tea.

This stall has been around for decades – passed down from the generations. Current manager is the great granddaughter-in-law of the man in this pix:

A bowl of bitter tea is always accompanied by a sweet preserved plum:

The variety of teas that are good for you:

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~ by iccthomas on January 15, 2010.

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