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Chinese herbal soups & cold remedies in the SGV

JThur01 Feb 16, 2013 12:29 AM

Fighting a bad cold, I stopped at Nature Pagoda in San Gabriel and noted they no longer have "Cough Tea" on their menu, but still have a lot of herbal soups.

So, my question is...does anyone know of any other SGV restaurants that have "cough tea" or something equivalent on their menu?

And does anyone know of any place that serves hot coca-cola with ginger?

And, any other curative soup recommendations?

MODS: This is very specific and should NOT be moved to the beverages board. It is about SGV restaurants.

  1. ipsedixit Feb 25, 2013 02:05 PM

    Now that I think about it, Chinese tonics for sore throat is ... probably just some warm Moutai.

    1. Mr Taster Feb 25, 2013 12:19 PM

      Have you ever tried this stuff? It's really meant for soothing sore throats but you could easily brew it into a really soothing, tasty, herbal medicine tea. Available at Chinese pharmacies and supermarkets all over the San Gabriel Valley. It's actually really quite delicious and soothing straight from the bottle (which is not my experience generally with Chinese medicinal concoctions...)


      Mr Taster

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      1. re: Mr Taster
        blimpbinge Feb 25, 2013 01:01 PM

        Being cantonese, that's my go to.

        I either slowly drink a large tablespoon of it, or make a tea out of it and sip it slowly.

        They also have hard candies, but they don't work as well imo.

        1. re: Mr Taster
          TonyC Feb 25, 2013 01:09 PM

          pei pa gao is ready for the limelight as a "mixology" ingredient. Why bother with honey when you have loquat?

          1. re: TonyC
            Mr Taster Feb 25, 2013 01:39 PM

            Seriously. Although if this goes hipster-mainstream, I'll probably be terribly annoyed by it!

            Imagine an arrogant, ironically moustachioed bartender claiming to have "discovered" a syrup supposedly invented during the Qing dynasty. The whole thing doesn't sit very well with me.

            Mr Taster

            1. re: Mr Taster
              ipsedixit Feb 25, 2013 02:04 PM

              There was a phase I was going through when I was young, that I would actually eat that stuff frozen and treat it like candy.

              Pour into ice cube trays, freeze, enjoy.

              1. re: Mr Taster
                TonyC Feb 25, 2013 02:13 PM

                but... they'll have house-made pi pa gao with foraged loquat/licorice, LA honey and backyard pomelo! It'll be AMAZING (and cost $18 / drink).

                Maybe FEED (abbot kinney) can feature it as a "healthy" bitter in its future cocktails. I'm excited.

                btw, this shit NEVER worked for me as cough suppressant.

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            JThur01 Feb 25, 2013 09:05 AM

            Thanks all. So, does anyone know of any place that serves hot coca-cola with ginger?

            I've had the hot coca-cola with lemon at Hong Kong Kitchen, but I haven't stumbled across the coke w/ ginger.

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            1. re: JThur01
              selfportrait93 Mar 7, 2013 07:24 PM


              Just discovered this by accident.
              Up a notch with Lemon in Coke and Ginger

              1. re: selfportrait93
                JThur01 Mar 8, 2013 01:43 PM

                Thanks. With so much of the scene shifted to the SGV, it would not have occurred to me to check Chinatown. That's exactly what I was looking for.

            2. blimpbinge Feb 16, 2013 11:46 AM

              You could try samgaetang from Tofu Town in Rosemead (in "the square" plaza food court. It's korean, but the samgaetang (ginseng chicken soup) aint bad, goes well with rice. (numerous other korean places should have it as well)

              Also agree with selfportrait, chicken soup from DTF. I don't know if it is curative in any way, but it is a nice pure soup, something my mom/gma would tell me to drink if I were sick. Their beef soup also is quite good. (note, their beef soup is a different soup than their beef noodle soup)

              There's also ssanghwacha (a korean medicinal-like tea) at Cafe Maji (korean coffee shop) in Arcadia. It's on top of a sweaty gym, and packed with high schoolers/college kids, but it's a nice change from the rest of SGV, and they have other nice drinks n desserts.

              1. ipsedixit Feb 16, 2013 10:26 AM

                You mean to buy and eat (or drink) at the store, to buy and brew at home?

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                1. re: ipsedixit
                  JThur01 Feb 16, 2013 10:39 AM

                  Either, but I'm particularly looking for places that have it on their menu to buy and eat (or drink) at the restaurant.

                  Like, Nature Pagoda where one could order a "cough tea (seasonal)" and enjoy it with a herbal soup (or frog porridge or pork belly for that matter).

                  1. re: JThur01
                    ipsedixit Feb 16, 2013 10:52 AM

                    Any of the soups at Sea Harbour, esp. the sea turtle and luo han guo or the wintermelon soup with louquat.

                    Also Yu Pin (nee Bamboodles) does alot of herbal soups. Are they even still open?

                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      JThur01 Feb 25, 2013 09:07 AM

                      I noticed that about Yu Pin, but they're long gone. Thousands Tasty replaced them. 北地 style.

                      1. re: JThur01
                        Chandavkl Feb 25, 2013 11:51 AM

                        Probably too narrow of a niche to support anything beyond one or two restaurants. Soup Fans in Temple City lasted about 3 to 4 years.


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                  selfportrait93 Feb 16, 2013 07:38 AM

                  "and any curative soup recommendation?"

                  Any chicken soup. But specifically, the Chicken soup from DTF.....one bowl might not be enough, though.

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