Lose your appetite on hot summer days? To escape the heat, most people might like to indulge in cold dishes or ice cream, sheltered indoors with cool air-conditioning. Physically cooling down with chilled foods, however, can bring only temporary relief. In Chinese traditional food therapy theory, certain properly matched porridges help to relieve the discomfort high temperatures create from your inner body.
Porridge with watermelon peel and green beans
Watermelon peel acts as a diuretic, which helps to clear heat and remove toxicity. Green beans also boost heat prevention and the removal of toxicity. Boil water for 10 minutes before adding rice and green beans. Simmer over low heat and add the watermelon peel. You can decide whether you prefer the soup to be salty or sweet.
Porridge with mushroom and thin pork
This soup comes from typical Cantonese cooking. You start with the rice and then add mushroom and ginger into the pot. Next add diced thin pork pickled by egg white and starchy flour. Add salt to taste.
Millet congee with red dates and longan
For those who want to lose weight but keep a healthy diet, especially ladies, this dish makes for a good choice for dinner. Millet possesses fewer calories than rice, while red dates and longan are traditional ingredients for creating blood tonic, a supplement that produces more blood cells in the body. Because the congee already tastes sweet, there’s no need to bring more sugar to it.
Sticky rice porridge with hawthorn
Do you have digestive problems? Hawthorn cooked with sticky rice may help relieve your digestion. Soak the sticky rice in cold water for two minutes before cooking. The hawthorn only should be put into the pot once the sticky rice has turned into a viscous paste. Adding rock candies makes the porridge even tastier.
Porridge with bitter gourd and chrysanthemum
In the minds of local Cantonese, bitter food is cold-natured, which helps to clear heat, as well as remove toxicity, from the body. Therefore this porridge is a great choice for people who suffer hypothermia. Boil the rice and chrysanthemum before adding the bitter gourd and rock candies. Then, just turn down the heat and wait for the porridge to be ready.
(By Amanda Du, Louis Berney)