Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Peach Gum Nourishing Beauty Tonic 桃胶糖水滋阴养顏

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食谱在这里 :  桃胶

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When I was in China six months ago, a Chinese official's wife served me a bowl of dessert that she claimed is good for my complexion. It has some gelatine-like stuff double boiled with some wolfberries, white fungus, dried longans and rock sugar. I thought it was bird's nest tonic soup but it was a vegetarian dessert.

She revealed that the gelatine-like stuff is peach gum which is an edible gum. It is a resin that is exuded from the bark of the peach tree. It comes in crystal form looking like amber crystals.

She gave me some peach gum to cook at home. I have been cooking and experimenting with it for the past two months. My son loves to drink this dessert, so I make a big pot of peach gum dessert weekly and chill it in bottles for him in the fridge.

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大陆朋友半年前介绍我吃桃胶。桃胶是桃树树干上分泌出来的一种胶状物质, 含有非常丰富的植物性胶原蛋白,具嫩滑肌肤及增加皮肤弹性之效,能通血脂降胆固醇。炖汤饮用更是滋阴、润喉兼养颜!

儿子很爱喝, 我每周都会煮一大锅,然后倒在瓶子里,放冰箱保存。可以放一个星期不会有问题。每次吃的时候倒出一小碗或一小杯子即可。桃胶最好不要用明火煮太久,否则会溶。特别适合炖汤,可以保存独特弹牙囗感。

中医说 : "桃胶属于凉性食物,对孕妇来说食少量桃胶是有好处的,但是桃胶具有活血功能,在孕期是绝对不能接触的。"


桃胶本身没有味道, 在烹调桃胶时, 我设法加入一些不同食材配搭, 增加味道、囗感。