Grass Jelly A Cooling Dessert

Grass Jelly A Cooling DessertGrass Jelly A Cooling Dessert

Grass Jelly is an Asian dessert in a black cube made from a plant called Platostoma palustre. The grass jelly is made from liquid form. It is a jelly with a bitter flavor. This dessert is eaten chilled. You can add fruits and other items to the dessert to make it fun.

History of the Grass Jelly

The grass jelly originated in China, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, and Taiwan. This dessert cools the body temperature great for the summer.

Nutritional Value of Grass Jelly

The jelly has great dietary fiber; it acts as an energy booster. This has vitamin and mineral fantastic to fight against cancer. The jelly is thirst quenching.

Grass Jelly Plant

How can you tell grass jelly is fresh? Grass jelly has a smoky undertone. The plant is in the mint family a perennial herb. The grass is dried and boiled for 8 hours. After the plant is done boiling, the liquid becomes a black liquid like a black tea. Add starch, the jelly turns into a jelly to a solid form. After the starch dissolves, the jelly becomes chewy.

Grass Jelly A Cooling DessertBenefits of the Grass Jelly

  • Helps the digestive system to work properly
  • soothe throat
  • helps with condition that cause diarrhea
  • improve blood pressure condition
  • improve constipation
  • help with bloating

How to Prepare The Dessert

This dessert is eaten with sugar syrup and evaporated milk. You can add various fruits like mango, cantaloupe, or berries. Or, you can have the grass jelly in a beverage.

The Grass Jelly is a wonderful dessert to have in the summer time.

Soup for hot summer days

Soup for hot summer weather
winter melon










Winter melon is a large vine vegetable with a fuzzy surface. This vegetable is mostly used in Asia. It can be used in soups or in stews. The nutritional benefit from the vegetable has a high amount of vitamin C and vitamin B2, high dietary fiber, zinc, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and other vitamin and mineral. Soup for hot summer weather. It has many positive benefits to the soup.

Help to Improve Your Vision:

If you have the issue with your vision, there is not enough riboflavin. Winter melon gives you a high level of B2 or riboflavin. Therefore, if you receive more B2, it lowers issue with eye problems.

Help Improve Immunity:

There is an increasing amount in winter melon which helps to create more white blood cell and helps to prevent the healthy cell from mutating. It also increases the amount of zinc in your body.

Detoxify the Body:

Winter melon act as a diuretic. It removes any toxin, fat, salt and water from the body. This helps the liver and kidney to be in good condition.

Good for Digestion:

The melon helps to prevent a gastrointestinal problem such as constipation, bloating, cramping, and any other stomach issues.


Soup for hot summer weather
black silkie chicken with winter melon









Winter Melon and Pork Shank Soup

1lb pork bone

1/2 lb pork shank

1L water

3 slice ginger

1 black silkie chicken

1 bunch peanut

salt and pepper

300g winter melon(peeled, removed seed, cut into cubes


1.    Boil pot of water. Blanch pork shank and black silkie chicken. Note: blanching removes impurities). Pour out the water.

2.    Boil second pot of water. Add pork bone and black silkie chicken. Then, add ginger and peanut.

3.    After the water bubbles, let it simmer on low heat for 1 hr.

4.    Add winter melon. Let it cook for 30minutes.

5.    Add salt and pepper for taste.

6.    Let soup to cool.



Nutriton Soup for your Eyes

We are always in front of a screen. It can be very exhausting for your eyes. There can be a lot of strain on your eyes without knowing. My husband works a lot. He is always in front of a computer at work and when he returns home from work he is working on his teaching on his computer. When he takes a break; he is on his cell phone. We are quite used to our screen time sometimes forget about that. In our society, everything is on a screen we forget that we need to take care of our eyes. Or, how this can be exhausting for your eyes. Therefore, in spring and summer time, I try to make Gao Gei soup. My Mom grows Gau gei plant.  She always gives me some soup or gives me stems of gau gei so I can make soup at home. Gau gei comes from goji berry plant. The weather in British Columbia doesn’t produce goji berries. Gau gei is easy to plant. You just need to put the stem of the plant in some dirt and water regularly. Water twice a day. Also, the Gau gei plant needs a good amount of sunlight. The Gau gei soup helps to improve and maintain good eyesight. The process to make the soup is quick not like the typical Chinese soup where you are required to cook for four to five hours. If you don’t have a lot of time, this is a great soup.

Gau Gei Soup

10 stalk of gau gei

1 L water

1 salt egg


  1. Soak the stem and leaves. Peel all leaves and separate from stem.
  2. Fill the pot with water. Once the water boils. Add the stem and leaves in the pot. Boil for 1-2minutes. Remove leaves. You can eat the leaves.
  3. Add salt egg.
  4. Let it cook for 5 min.
  5. Cool to drink.


gau gei plant









Gau Gei Plant


Building Your Immunity with Soup

I find that being a mom you are always short on time. I spend the whole day taking care of the kids but near the end of the day, I have no idea what I did all day. I know I was busy but at the same time, I felt like I have done nothing all day. I have a todo list the only thing I accomplish is one thing on my list. When I was little my Mom would always make me Chinese soup; she would make it weekly. I learned that early on when I was growing up weekly soup helps to build up your immunity. There are times when your health is not the best or when you are exhausted. There is always a soup for whatever condition you are in. Having soup regularly, I did get sick very little, I do find that when I get sick it did not take me too long to recover from my cold. Now, I find I have very little time to make Chinese soup for my family. With Chinese soup, it is best to cook the soup for four to five hours. However, I am not all the time with taking the kids to school and activities I know I had to think of another way. I use my crockpot to make soup. I can use the soup to make noodle soup or to cook with something else like soup stock. It seems like sometimes we just need to make things happen but alternately.

     Chop all the ingredients.



2 Chicken breast                                              3 onion

2 stalk celery                                                     2 carrot

1/2 bunch parsley                                             1 tsp thyme

3 slice ginger                                                       whole chicken bone

1/2 pot water

  1. Add all the ingredients. Add the water.
  2. Cook for 10 hours.               s

Finished soup