Dec 022011

[photo - homemade dong quai angelica sinensis red date gogi wolfberry tea]

Last weekend when I was home to see my parents, my mother gave me some dong quai that she had gotten from a Chinese herbal store.  She had a big box.  And since this herb is slightly warming, we always remember not to use too much of it each time, or to use it too often.  Some people (with a yin profile) can probably take this herb more often.  In my family, we can’t.  So my mother decided to give me some to take home and use.

My mother also suggested using the dong quai to make this revitalizing Dong Quai and Red Date Tea.  It is so easy to make – 3 simple steps that anyone can do at home to make this rejuvenating tea.  It tastes wonderful too.  Maybe not everyone will agree with me on that.  It depends on whether you like the taste of ginseng.  Dong Quai has a sweet, pungent, and mildly bitter flavor very similar to ginseng.  With the addition of red dates in this tea, the resulting flavor is a jujubee sweet and mildly bitter ginseng-y dong quai flavor.

This tea is a traditional recipe in Chinese food therapy.  Mostly used by women to replenish the blood supply after a menstruation cycle or child birth.  This tea has also been used for centuries by Chinese women to relieve gynecological ailments, or menopausal symptoms.  Although this tea is typically drank by women, it is consumed by men also.  So enjoy and drink to good health!

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Recipe: Revitalizing Dong Quai and Red Date Tea
Recipe type: Herbal Tea, Soup, Drink.
Cook time: 
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Serves: 1
This is a revitalizing tea that you can make at home in 3 really simple steps. This tea is especially good for women with menstruation discomfort, or who are looking to re-energize after the monthly cycle.
  1. Rinse each ingredient briefly under cool water and put them in a clay pot with two cups of water.* **
  2. Cover and boil over medium heat for 10 minutes or until the water boils.
  3. Reduce the heat to Low and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the tea reduces to about a cup. Serve.
* Always use clay or stoneware to cook herbs. Metal will react with some herbs. ** Dong quai slices should be rinsed very briefly to preserve the nutrients and flavor. Do not use dong quai if you are pregnant.

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  13 Responses to “Revitalizing Dong Quai and Red Date Tea”

  1. I always like discovering new versions of tea. This sounds unique and tasty =)

  2. I have all these herbs in one package that my mother in law packed for me from Taiwan. Yet I haven’t made one…. She told me to make this for myself and my husband (yep she wants to makes sure her son is drinking this daily! haha). Thanks for the recipe – I know I have to make it!!

  3. Hello Sharon,
    Do you have a particular shop here in Hong Kong that you recommend to buy your herbs from. I live on the HK Island so have visited places in Aberdeen and in Sheng Wan. Any suggestions for specific shops that sell the freshest herbs? Take Care

  4. Hi Bobbi/Bam’s Kitchen, thank you for your visit today and your question! There are many herbal shops in Hong Kong. And unfortunately, I won’t be able to recommend a particular shop since I don’t live there anymore. I moved when I was a child, and I know things change so fast in Hong Kong. There is one brand I like in the US but I am not sure if they are available in HK. It is called Plum Flower. I like their herbs because they do not use sulphur or chemicals as preservative. If you are able to find this brand in Hong Kong, or are able to find good reputable herbal shops in Hong Kong that you would recommend, please feel free to report back here to help other readers who may be living in HK. Thank you very much again for your visit and question! =)

  5. What a nutritious and refreshing tea, especially for the females in my family! I do have one pregnant sister, so when I make this recipe, I will make sure that she does not drink any. And your mother is wonderful to provide you with this lovely ingredient!

  6. Dear Sharon,
    Thank you for your response. I will look into the Plum Flower brand and see what options I have. I know the shops change weekly around here it is maddening. Take Care

  7. Mmmm this looks lovely. I actually just had red dates (also called jujubies here) for the first time and didn’t know what to do with them! Thanks for the recipe.

  8. My sister uses this tea…and I need to try it, too!!! Thanks for all the info~

  9. I’m not sure where I could find these ingredients but I’m going to start looking. I love making teas and this one has really caught my interest. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  10. Usually I just made red dates & gojiberry tea.. now you have reminded me to add dong quai..

  11. my mum loves steaming this tea for me too, to strengthen my health she said :) it’s a good one, tastes not too sweet for my liking as well.

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  12. I didn’t know that traditional chinees tea could be so strong and have such a healing effect. Besides it sounds like a piece of cake to make that magical liquid.
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  13. Your story was rlaley informative, thanks!

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