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Soup Name:  Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base)

Traditional Chinese Name: 清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)

Introduction: This is the base Chinese Chicken Soup stock that …

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Rhizoma Imperatae

Submitted by on December 1, 2009 – 10:32 amNo Comment | 28,083 views

Ingredient Name:  Rhizoma Imperatae, Mao Gen or Cogon Grass

Traditional Chinese Name: 茅根 (mao gen)

What is this?

  • A rhizoma (or underground stem) that has roots and shoots underground
  • These are long, thin stems that are beige in colour and can be found fresh or dried
  • They are slightly sweet in taste and are said to be a “cooling” food

How do I prepare it?

  • Wash thoroughly before use

Where can I buy this?

  • It is also available in Hong Kong wet marts (fresh)
  • You can purchase this in most Asian supermarkets (most likely prepackaged with sugar canes)

What is the cost?

  • The imperatae is very affordable with a bunch (about 10-15 stalks) at $5 HKD

Any benefits?

  • Clears away heatiness in the body, lungs and stomach
  • Helps in cooling the blood and internal organs
  • Aids in urination


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