Japanese Cold Remedies

Japanese Cold Remedies



Hot and smooth tamagozake.

I lived with my grandmother when I was a child. So I learned many things other people who grew up in nuclear families didn’t learn. Among them, there are Japanese cold remedies. I will share two different unique remedies with you.

First one is grilled scallion wrap. Japanese scallions were diagonally sliced and grilled in a fish grill. Then wrap them in a cloth or gauze, and tie it around the neck. It’s a kind of warm compress for the neck.

Japanese scallions are larger than scallions I see in the United States, but they are not as stout as leeks. As I can’t find them easily here, I substituted with regular scallions. I used 4 of them. I put the scallions in oven toaster until they soften a bit and the color changes. They start to release the smell, when they are ready.

Another cold remedy is tamagozake, egg sake in English. It’s a kind of eggnog made of sake. Wrap the scallions around my neck and drink tamagozake… I totally feel at home.

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2 Responses to Japanese Cold Remedies

  1. Farnoosh A. Zadi February 15, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    What about bed rest? A lot of people (including my wife) still go to work when they’re sick.
    I would like to know your views on, Can taking rest, cure cold fast?

    • Yuki February 16, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

      Nothing better than bed rest to cure cold faster, I agree.