• 16Oct

    Everyone in the family is down with cough and phelgm.  First Sherilyn got it (which was about a month ago and she still has it), then Alycia, next the hubs, then the maid, yesterday I got bitten and Baby is showing signs too.  Baby has been throwing up her milk for the past few days each time I’m about to finish spoon-feeding her.   It’s an extra struggle to spoon-feed her formula milk these few days.   Just now she threw up her Pediasure again when I had just finished spoon-feeding her the last drop.  Sigh…. all my time and effort of painfully spoon-feeding her went down the drain.  My 3 girls always show signs of rejecting milk each time they are under the weather, especially with an irritable throat and phlegm.

    Today I boiled a big pot of luo han guo for everyone. After Baby had puked her milk, I gave her a sip of luo han guo drink to try.  To my surprise, she gave me a forefinger’s up sign (thumb’s up – which means she likes it!) and signaled for more.  I quickly  gave her 2.5 ounces which she happily drank.

    I find that boiled luo han guo drink is quite effective in expelling phlegm, if drank on a very regular basis.  However, if I have a chronic cough with yellowish-greenish phlegm, then it would take a longer time to see results.  Double-boiling fresh olives with lean pork still works the best for me whenever I have a chronic cough.  It’s a traditional natural remedy in China.  I don’t normally pay a visit to the GP, even when I am down with fever, chronic cough and phlegm, coz I don’t believe in antibiotics.  I prefer to let my body heal naturally.

    Here’s my luo han guo drink:


    I normally crack up 2 tennis ball-sized luo han guo and dump everything into a pot filled with water and boil it for an hour. I don’t add honey dates or rock sugar coz the luo han guo is naturally sweet. The drink tastes really refreshing when chilled.

    Here’s a little information on luo han guo:
    The dried fruit can be bought in Chinese Medicine Halls, mini marts and supermarkets.  They are not very costly, costs about RM1-RM2 each, depending on the size of the dried fruit. The outer surface of the dried fruit is round and smooth, dusty yellow-brown or dusty green-brown. It is covered with fine, soft hair. The fruit is covered by a hard but thin shell. Inside is a partly dry, flexible substance containing the juice, as well as a large number of seeds. The skin, juicy part, and seeds all have a good sweet flavor. Its nature is cool and it has no poison. The fruit helps relieve sunstroke, moistens the lungs, eliminates phlegm, stops cough, and promotes bowel movements.

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8 Responses

  • I absolutely hated this fruit growing up as Mum always made it with pork bones and that just ruiined a pot of porky goodness!! She should have made it sweet..would have made it an easier sell. Am wondering what fruit this is…doesn’t it remind u of passion fruit??
    Btw, I do take that soup now that I’m all grown up!

  • Chris…. the inside of the fruit actually looks like persimmon. I actually love luo han guo boiled with chicken or pork ribs 🙂

  • Barb… yes, Baby does look like a food critique when she does that 🙂

    Hui Sia…. do you add anything else into your luo han guo drink?

  • Hello from Canada! I stumbled onto your blog after googling about chrysanthemum tea and lo han kuo. Just wondering if you’ve ever tried the instand Lo Han Kuo drink from China that you can buy at the herbal shops? Do you think they’re just as good as buying the fruits themselves and boiling them? Thanks in advance.

  • Danny… nope, I’ve not tried the instant Luo Han Guo drink from China. I prefer the dried fruits. I still think buying the fruit and boiling them is better. However, instant ones are convenient for those who are too busy to boil the drink.

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