This isn’t climate talk. In traditional Chinese wellness practice, lotus leaves (Nelumbo nucifera) cool body heat in culinary delights.
While you savor the scrumptious lean chicken meat and avail yourself of the collagen in the skin, know that the fragrance of the fresh lotus leaf seeps into the meat it wraps for steaming. That essence contributes to wellness.
A perky, tasty dip? Shredded lotus leaf and aromatic ginger with sweet soya sauce is a winner.
The renowned herbalist Li Shizhen’s Great Pharmacopoeia(1596) hails lotus leaf for clearing heat in the liver, heart, spleen and lungs, lowering blood pressure, and regulating sweat.
On festive occasions, the chicken dish symbolizes the bird’s 5 virtues: Civility. Courage. Diligence. Benevolence. Faith.
The oval snow pear stands out in benefitting the respiratory system. Firm, crisp, refreshingly sweet. Double-boil gently till tender. As your teeth sink through the satiny fruit, every juicy molecule bursts in delight!