Gui ling gao brings me fond memories of my late maternal grandma. An affable sweet old lady, yet also a strong woman. She stays in our hearts long after her demise.
My late grandma used to make gui ling gao herself. I remember those days that mum used to call my eldest sis to pick up containers of ‘little blackie’ for my nephews. Back then, I didn’t know how to appreciate this blackie goodie. If only I had, I would have been able to try my late grandma’s version of gui ling gao.
I can’t remember when I started to develop a liking for this little blackie. But ya, don’t judge a book by its cover. Don’t judge this little blackie by its look.
It seemed that it’s a little pot of miracle, packed with punch:
- Promotes balanced body metabolism
- Restores good health and longevity
- Eliminates body heat
- Moisturises skin and restores body wellness
Mum has been coughing for few days. So, I decided to stop by at Koong Woh Tong 恭和堂 for gui ling gao takeaway, and this is on top of the super bitter Wong Lo Kat herbal tea I bought. I cringe thinking about the latter’s bitter taste. Yukes. Never a fan of bitter Chinese herbal medicines and drinks. Why must it be bitter to work its wonder?
Anyway, hopefully the combination of gui ling go and Wong Lo Kat, and home-cooked meals will soothe her throat and speed up recovery.
Do give gui ling go a try. It is a good introduction to Chinese herbal medicine since you can add honey to taste. The honey balances the black jelly, just add more honey if the bitter taste bothers you. My nephew usually adds loads of it.
You will be able to find Koong Woh Tong everywhere in Malaysia. There is one branch at Chinatown itself in KL, otherwise lookout for it in the shopping malls. One interesting observation is I seldom find young people work at Koong Woh Tong shops. Why?! It’ll be interesting to see how the brand evolves down the road. At one point, they will need to attract more young customers to eat gui ling go; need to be more relevant to them.
Update 18 June 2015: waaaaah, mum stopped coughing already. Miraculous Wong Lo Kat, as my mum attributes her speedy recovery to this drink. Remember to add those additional medicine sachets to the drink.