Cold and flu season is here! In Asia many yummy foods are also herbs that are also remedies to help your body fight infections. And one of them is GREEN ONIONS also known as SCALLIONS.
Green onions (cang bai in Chinese) are acrid and warm in properties and go to the Lung and Stomach. Their basic indications and uses are common cold due to wind-cold pathogens, headache, stuffy nose and chills, along with some digestive complaints such as constipation and parasites.
You may not really want to munch on them but eating them in recipes is all you need to do to receive their great properties. Below is 1 common Chinese recipes and 1 Japanese recipe you may want to try this winter. The white bulb and stalk are the parts with the most health properties.
CHINESE GREEN ONION PANCAKES
Ingredients: 1 cup flour , 1 teaspoon sugar, ¼ teaspoon sea salt, ¼ teaspoon yeast, 1/2 cup Warm wate, 1/4 cup green onion, and 1 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil.
Directions: 1. Sift the flour and place in a bowl. Add sugar, salt, and yeast and then mix well. Pour in warm water and twist the dough into a ball. Transfer the dough to a clean countertop and hand rub it until the surface is not sticky. 2. Spray a little oil at the bottom of the plate. Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap. Leave it for about 35 minutes until the dough becomes soft. Divide it into 4 equal parts. Use a rolling pin to roll them into a rectangle respectively and evenly coat them with salt, oil, and chopped green onions. 3. Roll them from the long side and curl them up into a snake-like round. Flatten them with the rolling pin. 4. Heat a non-stick pan and pour in a little oil. Fry the raw pancake with slow or moderate heat till both sides turn slightly yellow. That’s it.
Green onions (Negi in Japanese) are also used in Japan in MISO SOUP
Colds in Japan call for remedies that warm the body, with ginger and negi (green onion) being traditional ingredients in hot drinks and soups. Try Negi-miso-yu, a hot green onion drink. Just add 1 tablespoon of chopped green onion and 2 teaspoons of miso into a cup and fill with boiling water. Let steep until cool enough to drink; do not strain.
Eat well and be healthy this winter!