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17

Oct

2013

Ginseng Coffee

Ginseng coffee is a mix of coffee and ginseng. This mixture is made to give ordinary coffee more flavor. Ginseng coffee drinkers also report an energy kick when they consume the mix. The drink is made by infusing ginseng herb with coffee beans. It is healthier than regular coffee and provides a number of health benefits like increased energy and proper blood pressure regulation.

Comparison between Ordinary Coffee and Ginseng Coffee

ginseng coffee tongkat aliDrinking coffee leads to an uncomfortable sensation. Night-time sleep becomes fitful. Acidity problems  and irregular palpitations become a part of life. In most coffee drinkers, regular coffee intake speeds up the heart rate. Brewed coffee is also found to increase the cholesterol levels. Ordinary coffee, if drunk regularly increases the level of homocysteine in the bloodstream. The probability of heart disease also increase proportionately.

Medical Benefits of Drinking Ginseng Coffee

Consuming ginseng is beneficial to the human body. It preserves the agility and increases the human lifespan.

  • The plant regulates the central nervous system and provides stimulation to prevent fatigue. Ginseng coffee gives its drinker the benefit of faster recovery when fatigued. It promotes a better physique so that physical and mental activities are raised. Quality of sleep improves and minimizes the incidence of headache. It also has a sedative action when it comes to neurosis and neurasthenia treatment. Other diseases related to the nervous system are also minimized.ginseng coffee gold choice
  • Ginseng coffee helps in blood circulation and in regulating the blood pressure. It minimizes the incidence of hypertension, coronary heart disease, myocardial malnutrition, as well as hypo-tension.
  • Ginseng coffee decreases blood sugar levels. Uric sugar levels in the body goes down. This is why diabetic patients should drink the mix. Regular consumption would lead to improvement of the existing condition.
  • The plant helps in ribonucleic acid bio synthesis and of protein in the testicles, liver and marrow. Ginseng also accelerates the nucleic fission that occurs in marrow cells. Metabolism is increased. The function of the hematogenous organ is activated and acts as a remedy to anemia and increase sexual capability.
  • Ginseng increases human body resistance to heart shock. It is considered a first-aid drug for near death patients and save their lives.

Preparation of Ginseng Coffee

Preparing ginseng coffee is similar to making ordinary coffee. You can add milk, sugar, and cream as you prefer. Other flavorings may also be added. Coffee makers can be used to prepare this kind of coffee.

At Very Asia, we have a wide-range of ginger coffee products. We can enjoy coffee and be healthy at the same time. You can find our ginger coffee products here.

Add comment October 17th, 2013

03

Oct

2013

Mochi

Mochi is a traditional Japanese rice cake. It is extremely sweet and chewy.

mochiMochi is prepared from a type of short-grained glutinous rice. The word “Mochi” means rice cake in Japanese. It is prepared by first steaming the glutinous rice and then pounding the mix in a big sized mortar. Flat cakes are shaped out of the created mix.

Mochi can be served fresh or dried for future consumption. Mochi making is considered an art form in Japan. The food is considered an important part of Japanese culture. The food is often called by its honorific “o-mochi” signifying its high status. The rice cake is a vital part of Japanese New Year celebrations.

Mochi is often stuffed with sweet edibles like ice-cream, azuki red bean paste, and strawberries. It is also added to New Year special dishes like Zoni soup.

Preparing Mochi at Home

It is possible to cook Mochi at home. To cook Mochi, you need three ingredients:

  • One cup of glutinous rice flour.
  • One cup water.
  • Half a cup of sugar.

The dough must be made first:

  • Take the rice flour and sift through it to get rid of the lumps. It is done to get a dough of very smooth consistency.
  • Mix the prepared rice flour, sugar, salt and water to make a thick and sticky dough. If you want, you can add grape or strawberry jam to give the dough its flavor. If you want a beautiful tint in your mochi, put in a miniscule amount of food color.

The dough is prepared. Keep it covered if you want to use it in the future.

You can now prepare the dough in two ways: by steaming or by microwave.

Preparation by steaming:

  • Take a baking pan or a cookie sheet and grease it with cooking spray or vegetable oil.
  • Pour the mochi dough in the pan. Place the pan in a steamer. It should be steamed for a period of 45 minutes. You will know it is ready when the dough will look translucent and well as starchy.
  • Let the dough cool until you can knead it.

Preparation by microwave:

  • Take a microwave compliant bowl and grease it with cooking spray or vegetable oil.
  • Put mochi dough into the greased microwavable bowl. Microwave it on high for approximately 15 minutes.
  • Let the dough cool until you can work with it.

Mochi serving techniques:

  • Use cornstarch to dust the area where you want to work with the dough. Rub down the mochi dough until it is soft and pliant.
  • Form the dough into logs and then cut to one and half pieces. Top the dough with your topping or stuffing of choice.
  • Serve mochi warm or cold.

Add comment October 3rd, 2013

26

Sep

2013

Breadmakers

Making bread at home guarantees a fresh bread every time. To do this, you need a breadmaker. This machine does the same thing you will do if you are making bread by your own hand: it combines flour, yeast and water to make a tasty loaf. Everything is automatic. The only factor you have to consider while making bread is to put the ingredients in the correct proportion. Measuring the perfect amount of flour, yeast, water and any other ingredient ensure a great bread at the end.

Choosing the correct ingredients

You need 5 ingredients to make the perfect bread.

  • Only yeast labeled “Active Dry” should be used. A few yeast brands are marketed specifically for use in breadmakers. Yeast packets sold in grocery stores generally contain 2 ¼ teaspoons of yeast. You can use any kind of yeast except rapid rise yeast. This kind of yeast is not worth the higher expense.
  • Better quality bread can be made by using bread flour. It is prepared from hard wheat and has more wheat protein or gluten. However, if you do not have or cannot find bread flour, you may use all-purpose flour. If you do use all-purpose flour, just add a little extra to the dough.
  • Salt is necessary for regulating the rise of the bread. It is also responsible for adding flavor. A bread made with a little salt is much tastier than a bread prepared without salt.
  • Sweeteners like honey and sugar play a part in bread browning and also the crust crispiness. The dough texture is softened when they are added. Their principal function,however, is to act as a food source for the yeast. When bread is made in breadmakers, it is recommended to put in a minimum of sugar-about one fourth cup is enough. This is because dough rises higher and faster in the machine than when it is prepared by hand.
  • Liquids if used should be at room temperature when put in the breadmaker. The yeast will be killed by hot liquids. If you are using yogurt or buttermilk, warm it a bit before inserting them into the breadmaker.
  • Fats are responsible for making the finished bread softer and richer. It keeps the dough from sticking to the inner bread pan surface. Any kind of fat-oil, margarine, butter or chicken fat- can be used. They all give identical results.

To prepare a tasty loaf, you must put the ingredients in the correct order.

  • Pour the liquids first.
  • Add flour.
  • Add ingredients like sugar, salt, seasonings and dry milk powder.
  • Add the yeast last of all.

After you put all the ingredients, put the bread pan in its place. Select your preferred cycle. Adjust the time and press the Start button.

Add comment September 26th, 2013

12

Jul

2013

Benefits of Ginger

Nowadays, science and medicine are opening our eyes to the huge importance of eating nutritious food, and generally adopting healthy dietary patterns. Regardless of whether individuals succeed in doing so, the thought of eating healthy is constantly lingering on people’s minds. This is an important trend that many food manufacturers and producers follow because it signifies a rising demand for healthier food products. Products are developed keeping health in mind, and incorporate substances that would ordinarily not be included. Lately, there have been a number of ginger-based products available in the market such as ginger tea or ginger candy. (more…)

Add comment July 12th, 2013

10

Jul

2013

Rice Cookers

Do you often have to cook for yourself or your family? Although many people enjoy cooking, with some even calling it a therapeutic activity, cooking on a day to day basis can become cumbersome and time-consuming. Granted, that on some days you can simply abandon your kitchen and go out for a convenient dinner at a restaurant, but this is not something that you can do on a frequent basis, without compromising nutrition. Not to mention, eating out on a daily basis can be extremely taxing on an individual’s finances as well. (more…)

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03

Mar

2010

How to make Dorayaki

Sweet Red Bean Paste Pancakes also known as Dorayaki is one of the popular sweets in Japan. Since this is my favorite too, I tried this recipe right away and loved it! I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe as I did. :)

Ingredients for Dorayaki (6 pieces)

  • 2 Eggs
  • 80g Johakuto White Sugar or Raw Sugar (2.82 oz)
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 50ml Water (1.69 fl. oz)
  • 130g Cake Flour (4.59 oz)
  • 1~3 tsp Water to adjust the thickness of the batter
  • 100g Premade Anko (Red Bean Paste) for whipped cream anko (0.220 lb)
  • 150g Premade Anko for regular Dorayaki (0.331lb)
  • 50ml Whipping Cream chilled in a fridge (1.69 fl. oz)
  • 1/2 tbsp Sugar
  • ** When baking pancakes, set the griddle at about 340 degrees °F (170°C). Higher temperature would cause pancakes to burn easily and lower temperature would make them hard and dry.

Add comment March 3rd, 2010

25

Jan

2010

How to Make Yakitori (Skewered Chicken)

Ingredients for Yakitori (serves 2)

  • 300g Chicken (0.661 lb.)
  • 12 Shishito Peppers
  • 1 Spring Onion
  • 2 Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Salt
  • 1/4 Lemon
  • Seven Flavor Chili Pepper
  • 3 Shiso Leaves

- Yakitori Sauce -

  • 100ml Soy Sauce (3.38 fl. oz)
  • 100ml Sake (3.38 fl. oz)
  • 3 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 clove of Garlic

** The yakitori sauce can be stored in a fridge and reheated for reuse. The dipping process helps bring out the flavour of the sauce everytime repeated.

Add comment January 25th, 2010

13

Nov

2009

How to Make Futomaki Sushi & California Roll

Wow! Another good video from “Cooking With The Dog”. I just can’t resist not to post this video. Great Job, Cooking with the dog crew! Click here to view all their videos.

1 comment November 13th, 2009

13

Nov

2009

How to Make Oyakodon (Japanese Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl)

I ran into another “Cooking With The Dog” japanese cooking video on youtube this morning. This time is about how to make Oyakodon, which is Japanese Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl. I used to have this for lunch every saturday at Mitsuwa West Los Angeles branch food court. If you have never try this, I highly recommend this bowl. Give it a try! :)

Add comment November 13th, 2009

18

Oct

2009

Black Pepper Potato Salad

potatoSalad
  • clock10 minutes preparation
  • cookingtime10 minutes cooking
  • serveperson4-5 persons/serves

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet Singapore Black Pepper Stir Fry Spice Paste
  • 4 medium-sized boiled potatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cucumber, cut into 1cm (1/2”) cubes
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tbs mayonnaise
  • 3 tbs sour cream

Garnish:

  • 4 tbsp bacon bits
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped

Cooking Directions

  1. Mix Spice Paste, mayonnaise and sour cream in a big bowl
  2. Add potatoes, eggs and cucumber, mix thoroughly
  3. Chill and garnish before serving

1 comment October 18th, 2009

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