Ever passed by one of those Chinese herbal tea shops and wondered what they were selling? Here are some of the most popular local herbal drinks that you should try
There is just something special about Cantonese food. While it might not look the most decadent – e.g. these Cantonese desserts and street food in Hong Kong – you’ll probably find that much of it is eerily delicious and addictive. Instead of taking you on a Hong Kong food tour this time, we’re teaching you how to hunt down the most commonly consumed Chinese herbal teas in the city (even though they all look the same – brownish black).
Chinese herbal teas that are common on the streets
24 Flavours Tea (廿四味)
Why’s it called 24 Flavours Tea? It’s because it’s a mixture of around 24 ingredients, sometimes as few as 10 or as many as 28 or above. As one of the most commonly seen Chinese herbal teas, it’s great to aid digestion, alleviate sore throats and common colds, and it helps clear toxins and heat in the body.
Kung Lee, G/F, 60 Hollywood Road, SOHO, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2544 3571, 中環蘇豪荷李活道60號地下
Spica Prunellae (夏枯草)
Spica Prunellae is known for lowering blood pressure and blood sugar levels, as well as for treating liver fire and conjunctival congestion. While a lot of Chinese herbal teas are described as bitter and dull, Spica Prunellae is probably my personal favourite in terms of flavours – delivering a bit of pleasant sweetness. Probably the best one to start your journey into the world of Chinese herbal teas.
中和堂, G/F, 30B Chuen Lung Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, p. 2490 9678, 荃灣川龍街30B地下
Five Flower Tea (五花茶)
Made of five kinds of flowers, Five Flower Tea is most known for its excellent benefits for nourishment and improving your eyesight. This anti-inflammatory drink is also good for your lungs as it helps clear “excessive fire” in your body.
Yuan Wai Liang Tea, Shop A, G/F, 370 Des Voeux Road West, Western District, Hong Kong, 西環德輔道西370號地下A舖
Rorippa Indica (野葛菜)
Just like most Chinese herbal teas, Rorippa Indica also helps remove excessive heat and toxins in your liver and bones – making it perfect to consume during summer. And if you happen to have a sore throat or a cough, this might just be what will help you kick it to the curb.
全珍堂生草藥涼茶舖, Shop B2, 29 Nga Tsin Wai Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong, 九龍城衙前圍道29號B2地下
Canton Abrus Herb (雞骨草)
Are you a victim of insomnia? Are you used to pulling all-nighters? Canton Abrus Herb is known for relieving stress in damaged livers (especially suitable for those who smoke and drink a lot) and clearing toxins, so make sure you give it a try.
Good Spring Company Limited, 8 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2544 3518, 中環閣麟街8號地下