Excerpt of I Eat Clean



Chives are normally used as an herb, and used sparingly in western cooking, but the Asians actually buy and eat them in large bunches, making broths and omelets and stir frying them with shrimp as normal home cooking.  Many northern Chinese dumplings are made with mostly chives and a little bit of pork, because it is tasty, cheap, and good for many common ailments.



When to use chives:


When you feel weak and easy to feel cold.


When you have constipation.


If you have a weak stomach with frequent indigestion on cold foods.


If you have low appetite.


If you want to boost your immunity.


If you have bruises or any injuries that doesn’t recover quickly.


If women bleed too much or for too long during menstruation.


If you have water retention.


If you have weak knees and lower back or men have nocturnal emission problems.


For pregnant women having morning sickness or general nausea.


For babies who cough without signs of phlegm.


For people who have urinary incontinence.




When not to use chives:


Do not consume with alcohol.


For people who have heat signs or with a viral infection.


If you have loose stools or diarrhea.


You should not over-eat chives.  Eating over a pound at a time may cause diarrhea or indigestion.



How to use chives:


For most of the problems that are listed above, you can cook chives as the main dish and eat twice a week.


For women with excessive bleeding during their periods, or whose menstruation cycle lasts too long, cook half a pound of chives in rice wine, simmering until the alcohol content has completely evaporated before eating.   Consume until the bleeding is controlled. 


For those with weak knees and weak lower back, or for men with nocturnal emission problems, pan fry a quarter pounds of chives with 2 deshelled walnuts in sesame oil.  Do this once a month.


When pregnant women have morning sickness or general nausea, juice chives and ginger until you have about 1.5 ounces of chive juice and about 1/3 ounces of ginger juice.  Mix with honey and water before drinking.


When babies have a cough but they are unable to cough out any phlegm, steam a few thick slices of daikon and a handful of chives until fully cooked, juice the ingredients, and feed baby a few teaspoons of the juice.  Wait for the baby to throw up the phlegm.  Use until there is no more phlegm.


If you have urinary incontinence, cook chives with glutinous rice (sticky rice) into rice soup, eat it until condition is improved.



Recipe - Malaysian Chives Omelet


We all want stuff that is super easy to make but still a little more interesting than scrambled eggs.  Here we give the omelet a Southeast Asian flare without eating a full pound of chives like the northern Chinese do in their dumplings. 


1/4 pound of chives

4 eggs

1/8 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp fish sauce
1/2 tsp oyster sauce
A pinch of salt

Cooking oil


Fine chop the chives and whisk with the eggs.  Stir in the fish sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and salt.


Heat cooking oil in a pan until first whiff of smoke.  Lower the heat to medium.

Fry the omelet, turning over just once.  Serve hot.

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