Chinese Pear & Honey Tonic Drink

3Chinese Pear & Honey Tonic Drink

Honey, according to TCM(traditional chinese medicine), is a “neutral” food, that is it’s neither heaty nor cooling (balanced yin and yang). It’s a food suitable for children and people who have a weak body constitution.

This honey pear soup is what my friends would remind me to make for myself when I have a cough. It is good for smoothing the lungs and quenching thirst. An ideal soup for those who have long working hours or tend to feel heaty.



2 Chinese Pears/Japanese Pears

4-6 Red Dates

1/2 Tablespoon gou qi zi (Wolfberry fruit)

10g Soaked White Fungus

1 Tablespoon of Sweet & Bitter Almond

6 Strips of Sha Shen

1 litre of Water

About 2 Tablespoons of Honey



1. Wash all the herbs.

2. Peel and core pears. Then cut into quarters and put into a double boiler pot.

3. Bring water to boil in another pot and add in all the herbs and white fungus. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes.

4. Pour the herbs ingredients into the pot containing the pears and let it double boil in a slower cooker for about 3 hrs.

5. Switch off the heat, allow to cool slightly and add in the honey before drinking the soup.

This recipe serves 3 persons.

The ingredients used in the above recipe are very common and you can easily find them in most Chinese medical halls.

Sweet & Bitter Almonds(南北杏):

Sweet almond tastes sweet and is of neutral nature, whereas bitter almond tastes bitter and is of warm nature. They both heal coughing and expel sputum.

Sha Shen(沙参):

Sweet and slightly cold, it moisturises the lungs, stops coughing, brings down fever and and increases appetite.


White Fungus(雪耳):

It tastes slightly sweet and of neutral nature. It benefits the spleen, strengthens the stomach and expel heatiness. It calms the spirit, treats insomnia.

3 Responses to “Chinese Pear & Honey Tonic Drink”

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