is chin chow?
Chin chow is a brown-black jelly made from an herbaceous plant,
Mesona Chinensis, which is largely found in Southern China. Chin
chow is also known as xian cao (ÏÉ²Ý), grass jelly or divine grass.
It is a popular dessert in East Asia, normally
eaten in jelly form or drunk as a beverage. Since it has a slight
bitter taste, it is usually eaten with some syrup.
How is chin chow made?
Chin chow is made by boiling the stalks and leaves of the herb Mesona
Chinensis to a decoction, then adding a small amount of starch.
The mixture will then be cooled to room temperature for it to coagulate
to form the dark-colored jelly.
What are the nutritional values in chin
It contains iron and has no fats.
What are the potential health benefits
of eating chin chow?
According to the article `Divine
Grass' may be a new cash crop in the Taipei Times, Japanese
researchers have found that Mesona has certain properties that have
Traditionally, Chin Chow is believed to reduce
temperature, bring down fevers, prevent indigestion and lower high
According to Wikipedia, due to the high levels
of estrogen in the roots of Mesona, the Chin Chow drink is popular
amongst Vietnamese women as they believe it enhances fertility.