Chinese Home Remedies: Sauteed Celery, Pomelo Chicken, Fish with Spinach

Chinese Home Remedies

Sauteed Celery (serves 4)
This dish nourishes and soothes the liver 2tbsp oil, or water; 5 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed; 2 cups (½ kg) celery stalks, cut into 1 inch pieces; 1 tbsp soy sauce; salt and pepper to taste.

In a frying pan, heat the oil or water. Drop in the crushed garlic, then throw in the celery. Stir well. Add the soy sauce and a little salt and pepper to taste. Stir again and cover the pan. Cook over a medium flame for 30 seconds. Remove form heat and serve.

Pomelo Chicken (serves 4)
Pomelo (jambura) is sweet, sour and cold. It reinforces the functions of the liver and spleen.

One pomelo; 1 whole chicken (about 1½ kgs); 1 tbsp salt; four spring onions sliced in half lengthwise; 5 pieces ginger; l tbsp malt vinegar; l tsp soy sauce; 4 cups water for steaming. Peel and section the pomelo and cut each section into three pieces. Clean the chicken inside and out and pat dry. Place the pomelo pieces inside the chicken. Rub salt over the chicken Place the chicken in a ceramic bowl, together with the spring onions, ginger, soy sauce and vinegar. Place the bowl with the chicken in a large steaming dish. Steam the chicken for 1½ hours. Cool and cut into portions for serving.

Fish with Spinach (serves 4)
The dish is good for the liver and combats poor appetite

250 grams sea fish cut into 1 inch cubes; 4 cups water; 1 cup packed fresh spinach in 2-inch pieces; 2 table spoons cooking oil; 3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped; l tsp chopped ginger; 2 spring onions chopped; 1 tbsp white vinegar; salt to taste.

In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Drop the spinach into the boiling water, boil for 30 seconds, drain and set aside. Heat the oil in a frying-pan over high heat. When the oil is hot drop in the garlic, ginger, spring onions. Stir for a few seconds and add the fish. Add the cooking vinegar. Stir for 1 minute and add the spinach. Cover the pan, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 minute Add salt stir, remove from heat and serve.

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