Solomon’s Seal Rhizome is more commonly known as Yu Zhu. Yu Zhu means ‘Jade Bamboo’ and is valued highly in the Zhejiang Province. A sign of good quality Yu Zhu is when it has a long, fat root that’s a white-yellow colour.

If you’re feeling thirsty, Yu Zhu can be the cure to your problem. Yu Zhu increases water content at a cellular level which helps to relieve thirst. Feeling a little conscious about your skin? Yu Zhu can also reduce the effects of ageing on skin.

In Chinese medicine, Yu Zhu is often used to nourish the Yin and clear heat. This is good for those with coughs caused by the Yin deficiency. But don’t forget, you should never eat Yu Zhu when it’s raw. Make sure that it’s fully cooked before eating.

Here’s a delicious way to nourish your Yin and feel younger.

Steamed Chicken with Glehnia Root, Angelica Root and Solomon’s seal Rhizome
Serves 2

10g Glehnia root (sha shen)
4 pcs Angelica root (dang gui)
20g Solomon’s seal rhizome slices (yu zhu)
10g wolfberries
½ free-range chicken (kampung chicken)
2 tbsp water
1 ½ tsp salt
1 tbsp ginger wine

1. Cut the chicken into big chunks.
2. Marinate with salt and ginger wine.
3. Put the Angelica root, Glehnia root and Solomon’s seal rhizome together in a steamer with 2 tbsp of water for 25 to 30 minutes.
4. Remember not to taste the Solomon’s seal rhizome until AFTER it has been fully steamed!
5. Put the marinated chicken together with all the ingredients. Steam for 20 to 30 minutes, and serve.

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