Delicious recipes for when it’s blazing outside and you need to cool down, are difficult to think of – we generally reach for beer and watermelon. But what else can you eat which is tasty and will cool you down at the same time?
According to traditional Chinese medicine, certain foods are seen to heat, cool or neutralise the body. Soho Chinese herbalist and acupuncturist Mia Hatgis (acumamamia.com) told Timeout, “When we make these classifications, it’s not about their actual temperature. Some foods induce the natural cooling mechanisms of the body.”
With this in mind, we have chosen certain foods and found yummy recipes to bring you some relief from the heat.
Papaya and prawn noodle salad
Papaya is considered a staple fruit in hot countries around the world. It is most potent when eaten raw as it is thought to be a ‘thermally neutral fruit’ which prevents lethargy and loss of appetite associated with hot summer temperatures. It’s full of digestive enzymes that clear inflammation in the body, and it helps drain toxins and generate fluids.
Check out this yummy recipe.
500g prawns, peeled (tails intact), de-veined
2 tablespoons Ayam fish sauce
How to make it
Mix the chilli, lime juice, garlic and oil in a bowl. Add the raw prawns. Mix well and leave in the fridge for half an hour.
Prepare your noodles by putting them in a bowl with hot water to cook. Once cooked, run under the cold tap and they will de-sog!
To make the dressing mix up your fish sauce with the lime juice and teaspoon of sugar. Next, put your pre-prepared papaya, onion, tomato, beansprouts, coriander, mint, basil and noodles in a bowl, pour the dressing on top and mix together. Fry together in a frying pan until your prawns are pink and cooked. Serve and enjoy with crusty bread!
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