I had a persistent bad cough recently and was advised to make this 'Lam Hung, Pak Hung' i.e. Sweet and Bitter almonds drink. This sweet drink is a remedy to cure a bad cough and also helps to clear phlegm. Sweet almonds are narrow, elongated in shape and have a thin skin while the bitter almonds are usually shorter, broader and less regular than sweet almonds. To learn more about these almonds, do hop over to Wikipedia.
Clockwise ........ Sweet and bitter almonds, preserved honey dates, dried longan, 'kat paeng' or dried tangerine, dried lotus seeds, 'pak hup', 'chuen pui' in a cloth bag and a 'loh hon kor'. All these came prepacked, except for the 'loh hon kor', total cost is 7 RM.
After boiling for about 1hr. 30 mins., strain off the residue and take the drink luke warm ..... it's refreshing!
This drink can be taken even if you do not have a cough, it's more or less like a cooling tea.
Recipe for 'Lam Hung and Pak Hung' drink
200 gm of bitter and sweet almonds, preserved honey dates, dried longan,
dried tangerine, dried lotus seeds, pak hup, 'chuen pui' and a 'loh hon kor'.
8 cups of water
- Wash all the ingredients, lightly crack up the loh hon kor and put in a pot.
- Add in 8 cups of water and let it boil on high heat for about half an hour.
- Lower heat and let it simmer for another 1 hour.
- Strain off the residue and serve, luke warm.