早在两千多年前, 西周时代的宫廷里就开始有了专门掌理调配天子日常饮食的 “食医”。食医的工作就是根据帝王每天的身体状况, 随时调配膳食,以珍禽异兽,鲜果时蔬同各种滋补的药物,一起烹制成美味佳肴,供帝王食用。

与其救治于后,不若摄养于先

元代最著名的医学家朱震亨说: “与其救治于有病之后,不若摄养于无疾之先”。虽然我们中的绝大多数都不能成为帝王,不过我想,如果真能有一个专门的“食医”根据我们的年龄大小,饮食方式,身体状况,睡眠情形等的变化,以食为补,为我们调理饮食,让我们在充分享受美味食物的同时,还能预防疾病,保养身体和容颜,该有多好!
如果你也有这样的想法,就跟我走一趟,让我们到宏仁堂御膳厅,一同去见“食医”,尝“御膳”,试一试边吃边补的滋味吧。

“量身定制”味之道

人的体质是不相同的,中医以寒,热,虚,实来区分。同样,食物也有寒凉,平和及温热的分别。只有根据体质摄取属性正确的食物,才能让身体产生正面的能量。只是,到底我们每个人会属于怎样的体质,该吃什么食物才适合呢?
来到vivo city三楼的宏仁堂,我穿过看似古雅,却又佻皮的大厅,到达御膳厅驻店的“食医” ——胡神发医师面前。胡神发是注册中医师,拥有丰富的中医学知识。经过一番望闻问切,胡医师点出我体质的不足之处,“指定”了几道适合我体质的菜肴。好,就让我来亲身一试这“量身定制”的味之道!

前总统夫妇最喜欢的菜肴

玉参芙蓉干贝,花一样漂亮的名字。“玉参” 指的是滋润生津的玉竹及沙参,不过,端上来一看,云朵一样洁白的蛋白放在鸟巢般趣致可爱的“容器” 中,根本看不到药材的踪迹。原来,药材早已熬成汁液调入新鲜蛋白中。之后,蛋白被搅成极细的泡沫炊熟,口感细而嫩,嫩而滑。因为只取蛋白入菜,不但充分补充了人体所需的蛋白质,又不用为蛋黄中烦人的胆固醇担忧,吃起来放心得很呢。
底部的鸟巢状“容器” 是马铃薯做的。刀功了得的师傅将马铃薯切成极细的丝,经过油炸而成。切下一块尝,满口生香,和清淡可口的蛋白相比,又是另一番口感,很是讨好。
这道玉参芙蓉干贝是宏仁堂开业近二十年来始终长红的“冠军菜肴” 之一,看起来清爽宜人,吃起来润肺养颜,再告诉你一个秘密,它也是前总统王鼎昌夫妇最喜欢的菜肴!

汤和女人

宏仁堂的当家——李世英女士有句名言:汤和女人,就像士兵和枪。皮肤润泽,保养得宜的李女士,常喝的就是自家的“贵妃养颜汤”。是呀,哪个女人不爱美?哪个爱美的女人能放过这道“贵妃养颜汤”?
让我们先来看一下它的材料:滋补明目枸杞子,开胃安神是龙眼,补中益气数党参,补肝养血“贵妃养颜汤”靠首乌,宁心养神湘莲子,去湿美白有意米,当然,还少不了养阴益血的上好乌鸡!所有材料以老火煲煮后,浓浓的,香香的,又醇又甘甜,再加上想到每喝一口就离美丽容颜又近了一点,就更加停不了口!
不要以为“养颜” 一定是女人的专属,其实男人也可以喝它保养一下自己。粗犷的男子汉形象已经不受落,电视中皮光肉滑的男明星,受女粉丝爱戴得紧呢。

当东方遇到西方

糟溜鳕鱼。来自加拿大的鳕鱼和上海糟卤在一起,撞出的是怎样的火花?
菜一上桌,浓浓的糟香扑鼻而来。富含omega 3的深海鳕鱼洁白如雪,在金黄鲜亮的糟汁及黑黝黝的木耳的烘托下,如肤若凝脂的美人,一亮相,就吸引了我的目光。
肥软鳕鱼配上滋味独特的糟溜汁,鱼肉的鲜味得到充分发挥,显得鲜嫩爽滑,边吃还边能嗅到那一缕挥之不去,清甜又惹人沉醉的酒糟香,过瘾!
品尝过这道菜的名人不少,除了很多耳熟能详的明星如刘德华,巩俐,SHE,范文芳等,不久前欢庆过百岁诞辰的邵逸夫,及不少政界人物如中国前总理朱镕基,台湾总统侯选人马英九等等也很喜爱它,是另一道响当当的“名人菜”!

幸福甜密的味道

川贝酿梨。川贝是以清热化痰,润肺止咳著称的药材;主食雪梨则是常见的水果,具有润燥消风,养阴清热的功效。煮熟的梨有助于肾脏排泄尿酸和预防痛风,风湿病和关节炎。川贝加雪梨,就成了具有清热化痰,润肺止咳的好吃甜品。
宏仁堂的川贝酿梨以传统方式制成,将雪梨内芯取出,填入川贝,隔水蒸熟。为了减去川贝本身的一点苦味,还贴心地添加了桂花糖。吃起来热热的,甜甜的,味道是那样熟悉——小时候我时常咳嗽,因为担心药吃多了伤身,每到这时,我那其实不擅炊煮的爸爸,总会赶到水果摊上买了上好雪梨回来,削皮,敲冰糖,亲手炖煮后,再将一碗软熟的酿梨端到我面前,看着我一口一口地吃完。
掺入了往事的味道,这道润肺甜点让我越吃越觉滋润。

两道很特别的养生茶

七叶参茶。从别名“神仙草”和“南方人参”中,就知道人们对七叶参有多看重。经常饮用这种茶水,能增强人体免疫能力,健脾消食,降血脂血压,而且还帮助睡眠。因为它有这么多的好处,据说很多领导人为了养生,就常喝七叶参茶。宏仁堂的七叶参茶中国进口,可进行多次冲泡。它的口感甘甜清润,耐人回味,时常有识货的人专门驱车到此,就为喝上这一杯。
清肺饮。黑黑的,看起来就像液态的龟苓膏。它是宏仁堂独家配制的,据说对感冒,喉痛和伤风都有很好的疗效。侍应生特地招呼我先嗅一嗅。照着嘱咐一试,一股清爽的凉润之感由鼻闯入,从喉头直流入肺,毫无防备的我,如武侠小说中经脉被打通那般,只觉神清气爽,气血畅通。再饮一口,果然是遍体生凉!日常饮来,可算驱除署热的一门法宝。
这里的点心也做得地道。街累了的午后,上来歇一歇,在面海的大厅里喝杯养生茶,来几个小笼包,一张葱油饼,或两笼虾饺叉烧,享受人生中又一个辛福的片刻……


摘自“味之道”杂志 (Vol. 12)

 

 
 
 
 
If you are daring, try the Fried Ants ,and Fried Scorpion. The fried crawlers come in small portions nicely presented on dough. Creepy as they are, these insects have high medicinal value and are precious in traditional Chinese medicine. Scorpions are rich in protein and it can relieve headaches while ants, on the other hand, can ward off chronic diseases and other immunity disorders.

A Chinese meal is not complete without a cup of hot tea. Tea is popular because of its antioxidant and therapeutic properties. It lowers blood pressure, protects the heart, helps to prevent obesity, prevents tooth decay and boosts immunity, among others. The Seven Leaves Chinese Tea and Menthol Herbal Tea are definite must-tries.

The Seven Leaves Chinese Tea is a special sweet tea which can enhance the quality of sleep and help in losing weight. Regular consumption of the tea also lowers the risk of heart attack.

The Menthol Herbal Tea is effective in tackling sore throat and blocked nose. Many foreign singers have travelled to this restaurant just to have this exceptional beverage.

Other than herbal cuisine, Imperial Herbal Restaurant also delights you with other healthy Chinese dishes at a reasonable price. With the best of Chinese cuisine lingering in your memory and body, you will leave this restaurant with a slight yearning.
 

 

MAR | APR 2012
ENTREPRENEURS' DIGEST

       
Thinking of a way to detoxify and regain your body weight before festivities? Imperial Restaurant (Imperial Herbal) offers customers a new dining concept they have probably never experienced before in Singapore. Their specialties include blending herbs with medical benefits into gourmet dishes through the culinary expertise of master chefs to create healthy dishes. Imperial Restaurant goes the extra mile by providing an in-house physician dispensing health diagnosis to customers - a first in the market.

Unlike other typical Chinese restaurants, Imperial Restaurant is beautifully decorated with good quality paintings and wood carvings to exude a classy ambience for any occasion. For business meetings, there arc spacious VIP rooms to dine in private. To attract the younger generation, colourful and cosy sofas are among the first things customers see when they enter the restaurant. The beautiful scenic view is also good in soothing the strung-up emotions of busy working adults.

Even if the flu season is here there is no fear: the restaurant’s Ling Zhi Soup is a simple yet healthy dish to battle the bugs with. Although the soup tasted a bit bitter, the overwhelming aroma masked it all.
  Ling Zhi also has natural healing properties and relaxes the eyes muscles.

Boxthon Vegetables is another healthy choice for maintaining good eyesight and avoiding rheumatism.

Heads up for the ladies! To maintain skin smoothness and improve its elasticity, the "Fu  Rong" Fluffy Egg White with Dried ScalIop is highly recommended. It is one of the restaurant's signature dishes. The mixture of egg white, fine chopped ladybell root and minced scallops caved in shredded fried potato cove is an absolute visual delight, The tiny chopped Iadybell root accentuates the sweetness in each bite.

Another recommendation for skin goodness will be the Bruised Crocodile Tail. Rich in Omega-3 the dish came across as soft and juicy.

Quick Fried EeIs is a dish specially recommended by the in-house physician. Eel aids in strengthening the immune system and dehumidifies the body. They are also believed to be good for the blood and kidneys, Eels are a favourite dish in the Huai-an region of Jiangsu Province, mainland China and is a definite must try here.

 
       
 
 
     
 
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