Compared with the young people who are busy working every day, old people in China pay more attention to herbal cuisine. Most of them cook herb porridge or herbal cuisine soup in their spare time and the food uses very simple ingredients.
STORY: Perhaps unlike the elderly people in the west, the old people in China will get up at 6 o’clock in the morning to practice taiqi, send their grandson or granddaughter to school, go to morning market to buy fresh fruit or vegetables, and go to square dance with their friends. Most of them have a very scheduled life, a regular routine. These performances show that the old people in China think keeping fit is very important.
One of the ways for Chinese people to keep healthy is herbal cuisine where people use Chinese medicinal herbs to cook food with. With herbal cuisine people can enjoy delicious food and at the same time it can regulate our body.
Jiao Mingyao, Organizer of the event
"We use to regard herbal cuisine as a part of traditional Chinese treatment, to help cure disease. But we have a different understanding now. We considered herbs to be healthy and considered cuisine to be delicious food. Healthy herbs with delicious food is herbal cuisine, but the herbal cuisine is not to cure diseases in fact. I t has some diet supplementary benefits that is good for health and help to make you feel better. So herbal cuisine is a good way to keep fit. It is organic and good for our body."
Compared with the young people who are busy working every day, old people in China pay more attention to herbal cuisine. Most of them cook herbal cuisine porridge or herbal cuisine soup in their spare time and the materials are very simple ingredients.
Yufen Li, Judger of the event
"Some people keep some black fungus and tremellas (a kind of white mushroom) at home, so we can make cold-dressed black fungus or stir-fry black fungus for our dinner every day, we can also use it to cook with fish. Eating black fungus has a good effect for our blood. And it helps to relieve symptoms of heart and blood vessel disease too. Use almonds, Chinese wolfberries and red beans to cook porridge is good for our health, your family will like it too."
Herbal cuisine originated the diet culture of traditional Chinese medicine which treats food as a kind of medicine. Seen in this way food can not only have high nutritional value but can be used to strengthen our body and prolong our life. From Chinese people’s seasonal way of eating we see people attaching great importance to food health. For example, Chinese people say you should eat mutton during Winter as it is believed to fortify the body against wintry ailments. Right herbal cuisine not only changes with the seasons but should be appropriate to different people and appropriate for different ages.
Yufen Li, Judger of the event
"We should pay attention to ingredients. For different ages, people at age 60 and 70, 70 and 80 are all different. Keeping healthy is depends on your own situation, if your lungs are uncomfortable, you can eat some tremella or almonds. If you have high fat content in the blood, you can eat some black fungus."
The 8th China Medicated Health & Cooking Competition was hosted in Beijing recently where the chefs recommended a few dishes suitable for the elderly. Some dishes were made of pumpkins. Pumpkins contain carotene which is converted into vitamin A after digestion and absorption. Vitamin A can prevent eye blindness. We can find pumpkins in the supermarket, use pumpkins to cook porridge and it’s not only rich in nutrition but also easy to cook.
This nutritious soup is made from chicken with hemp kernels. In traditional Western cooking, people may like to fry chicken. But if you suffer from diabetes, hypertension may result if you always eat fried chicken. Making chicken soup is more nutritious and healthy and is easy for the body to absorb. This cooking method is more suitable for the elderly.
If you think those above methods is too difficult to and want to learn an easier one, let me tell you a very simple way to make herbal cuisine. You can soak walnuts in hot water, like infusion of tea. We can easily find walnuts and an infusion of walnut is good for our brains and also our lungs and kidneys. It will fortify the bowels if you add some honey to it. This method is simple but quick, have a go!