Red Date Lotus Seeds and Lily Bulb Tea

I happened to find Lily Bulb while doing marketing yesterday and decide to do up this recipe. This tea is good for easing insomnia, restlessness and irritability. Lily Bulb (Bai He) is often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to calm and relieve the mind in order to retain healthy energy within the body. And lotus seeds nourish the heart and also help to prevent insomnia.

Preparation: 3 mins, Cooking time: 17 mins

Ingredients (serves 2)
° 12 seedless red dates
° 50g fresh lotus seeds
° 1 slice ginger (optional)
° 40g rock sugar, or to taste
° 750ml water
° 50g fresh lily bulb, peel off petals piece by piece

1. Combine the red dates, lotus seeds, ginger, water and rock sugar in a pot, bring to a boil and simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add the lily bulb and bring to a boil.
2. Serve hot.