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Rejuvenation and Long Life Soup

Soups and Congees

Rejuvenation and Long Life Soup
1/3 cup dried shan zha
1/3 cup gou ji berries
½ cup seedless red Chinese dates
1/4 pound fresh ginger root
1. Rinse the shan zha and gou ji. Rinse the ginger and crush it with the side of the cleaver. Combine all ingredients in a large pot and add 3 quarts of water and bring it to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for one and a half hours.
2. Crush the dates in the pot or cut them into small pieces with a scissor and cook the soup for another two hours.
3. Drain reserving the liquid and discard the solids. Cool and refrigerate. It may be served hot or cold. In case it is too concentrated, dilute it to suit your taste.

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