Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fight Flu with Medicinal Perilla Leaf Dish

Ingredients: (2 servings)
3 medium size cucumbers, diagonally sliced
a bunch of perilla leaves, finely chopped
3-5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp vegan oyster sauce (optional, tastes slightly sweet)

With some oil in a pan, saute the cucumber slices until slightly brown and tender. 8 mins.
Add in chopped garlic, soy sauce, vegan oyster sauce. Stir to coat. 2 mins.
Add in chopped perilla leaves at the last minute before turning off the heat.

Medicinal fact about Perilla Leaf in Eastern Medicine:
The herbal name for perilla leaf is Zi Su Ye (紫苏叶) or Zi Su in Eastern Medicine. 
It is frequently used for cold and flu, especially with cough and stifling sensation in the chest, fullness in the abdomen, and nausea or vomiting. It can also be used to treat Restless Fetus Syndromes. The essential oil in perilla seeds is used to treat high cholesterol. 

Where to buy fresh Perilla Leaves:
Any major Asian market. (Chinese, Japanese, Korean)

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