Red Date Tong Yuen in Chrysanthemum Syrup

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Liver Fire Rising, Lung Fluid Xu, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Red Date Tong Yuen in Chrysanthemum Syrup
Serves 3-4
• 15 large red Chinese dates, pitted
• 100ml water
• 75g glutinous rice flour
• 10g wheat starch
• 30ml hot water
• 50g candied sugar
• 10g rock sugar
• 20g dried chrysanthemum flowers
• 250ml water
• Cornflour mixture

RINSE the red dates and soak in clean water overnight in the refrigerator. Put the dates in 200ml water and boil for five to six minutes.

Drain and make a slit across the dates. Put glutinous rice flour and wheat starch in a mixing bowl. Pour in hot water to mix then add 100ml or just enough water to mix to a smooth dough.

Pinch a small portion of dough and stuff into the dates. Shape well and arrange them on a heatproof dish. Steam for 13 to 15 minutes.

Combine rock sugar, candied sugar, chrysanthemum flowers and 250ml water in a saucepan. Boil until sugars have dissolved and the tea is infused with the flavour of the flowers. Strain the syrup. Put the prepared glutinous rice ball dates into the syrup and boil for two to three minutes.

Dish out the red dates onto a serving plate and retain the syrup. Add cornflour mixture into the syrup to thicken. Pour the thickened syrup over the dates and serve immediately.

TCM Analysis-The Red dates tonify Heart blood, the sweet rice flour warms and strengthens Sp/ST. The sugar moistens dryness in the lung, and the Chrysanthemum flowers anchor the Lv and clear heat. Overall, this formula supplements Heart blood and nourishes the Lung (Zong Qi) while clearing heat in the upper Jiao.