Cellophane Noodles with Chinese Celery and Flowering White Cabbage

Categories: Heart Disease, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation

Cellophane Noodles with Chinese Celery and Flowering White Cabbage

Ingredients:
8 oz of cellophane noodles (mung bean threads)
¼ cup of tree ears
6 dried black mushrooms
½ lb of flowering white cabbage (choi sum)
1 small bunch of Chinese celery (about ½ lb)
1 large carrot
2 tbsp soybean oil
2 minced garlic cloves
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
8 oz bean curd, cubed
2/3 cup vegetable broth
1 tbsp sesame oil

Directions:
1. Soak the cellophane noodles and mushrooms in separate bowls in warm water for 15 min. Drain and reserve mushroom water.
2. Wash flowering cabbage and celery. Separate stems and leaves. Cut into 2 inch pieces.
3. Heat wok, add oil and garlic.
4. Add cabbage stems, celery and carrots, stiry fry 1 minute, then add the mushrooms and tree ears.
5. Toss to blend, one tbsp soy sauce and bean curd, and stir fry until vegetables wilt.
6. Remove the vegetables from the wok
7. Return wok to heat, add the remaining soy sauce, broth, and drained noodles. Mix well. Remove noodles to plate and top with vegetable mix. Drizzle with seasame oil and serve.

Analysis of Recipe 3B
Mung bean noodles: mung beans are cool and sweet. They remove heat from the body and reduce heat and inflammation. Enters HT and ST.
Tree Ears or Jew’s Ear: sweet, neutral, consolidates qi, blood, and yin
Black mushrooms: neutral, sweet, arrests bleeding, cools the blood. Enters ST and LI.
Chinese cabbage: neutral, sweet, glossy, promotes urination, beneficial to Kidney and Brain
Celery: neutral, sweet, bitter, glossy. Enters ST and LV. Indicated for hypertension
Carrot: neutral, sweet, pushes energy downwards. Diuretic and digestive aid
Soybean oil: hot, acrid, sweet, lubricates the intestines.
Garlic: warm, acrid, moves energy, kills, worms, Enters: SP, ST, LU. Indicated to be beneficial at lowering blood pressure.
Soy sauce: promotes digestion, clears heat, salty and cold. Enters: SP, ST, KD.
Bean curd: Cool. Sweet, energy tonic, generates fluids, indicated for pink eyes, Enters: Sp, ST, LI
Vegetable broth: salty
Sesame oil: cool, sweet, detoxifies.

Overall, this recipe will be sweet, with a balance of cool and warm temperatures. The Chinese celery is great for hypertension because the bitter flavor will clear excessive heat and clean the arteries.