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Chinese herbal concoction: Ng Gwun Tong

Like "Ching Po Leung", this "Ng Gwun Tong" is a general tonic. The name "Ng Gwun" means 5 gentle herbs working together as 5 gentleman. But this is also more powerful in its action, and like Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup, it's not recommended for anyone suffering from "externally-caused illness like flu. The specific ingredients comprising this soup are used to increase the vital energy (Qi) and to dredge the energy channels of the body releasing blockages; when Qi flows more vigorously and freely circulates it harmonize the entire system.

NG GWUN TONG (or Wu Jun Tang in Mandarin) 五君湯

Ingredients:

30g dangshen (黨參一兩)

30g milk vetch (黃忯一兩)

30g Chinese Yam (淮山一兩)

5g wolfberry (枸杞子二錢)

6g cordyceps or 9g China-root(冬蟲夏草二錢或伏神三錢)

(Chicken or lean pork)

Directions:

- Combine everything in a large pot, add about 8 cups of water, or enough to cover the ingredients by 2 times of the volume

- Bring to the boil, reduce heat, and simmer partially covered until barley is cooked and liquid is reduced about half, for 2-3 hours, then season to taste and serve.

- For double-boiling, the ingredients and an equal amount of water are put into a small lidded ceramic container within a larger pot. Water is added to the larger pot and brought to the boil. Ingredients in the inner container are hence cooked, but the lid retains the delicious subtle flavors otherwise lost when boiled directly. Double-boiling requires at least 3-4 hours.

(sources: Streetwise Guide: Chinese Herbal Medicine by Wong Kang Ying and Martha Dahle)