Polly and I went to a Chinese Herbal Shop for dessert soup instead of cake. We went to Fook Po Tong in Yaohan’s foodcourt in Richmond. We had passed by this small lot many times but have never try the food there before.
Fook Po Tong is a shop which specializes in herbal tea and jello. The shop’s specialty is Guilinggao or Herbal Jello.
The shop is decorated with large banners of its menu in Chinese. It also has displays of Chinese herbs on shelves which lined the walls. An old fashion clock which chimes every half an hour brings back memory of my old home which also had a similar clock.
The tables and stools in the shop has an old fashion feel to it.
Polly and I decided to share the shop’s specialty, Guillinggao. A large serving cost $8.50. On the wall, there is a large Chinese poster which talks about the benefits of Guillinggao. The benefits includes cooling of the body, removal of toxic from the body, moisturizes the skin, removal of allergy symptoms and more. The Guillinggao is served warm with syrup on the side for you to add sweetness to it.
It is double boiled with rock sugar. It has a mild sweetness to it. This dessert is rich in Vitamin A, B and C and also rich in fiber and minerals. It is also great for your lungs and intestines and also moisturizes your skin. This cost, $6.
The owner also recommended us a snack which is popular in the store. It’s a vegetarian snack. It’s some fried dough serves in four flavours. A small plate costs $3.
I would love to come back again to try other desserts and herbal tea and learn about the benefits of these Chinese herbal remedies. When I was young, I remembered my grandmother used to boil herbal tea or herbal soup once in a while for the family. She said some are to cool the body from heatiness and some are to warm up the body. Unfortunately, I never learn the trade from her as I was too young then.
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guilin -gao is my absolute favourite..! oh i so envy you ..suanne..! i eat these chinese dessert and guilin-gao often.. when i was in Asia.. and never thought i would miss it so much.. 🙁
We will have a new chinese restaurant here next month – april. the owner is from china .. originally.. 🙂 hopefully he has some speciality up in his sleeves.. 😉 one can always be hopeful right..?? hahha!
Hi… I think the shop may be called “Fook Bo Tong” instead of “Fook Tong Bo” judging from the signage. 🙂
Hi YoBo, thank you for the correction. I’m not Chinese educated, that’s why the mix up.
I love guilingao as well. I think it will make a good summer dessert ;p
This is so awesome. This place looks so amazing.Thanx a lot for sharing it. I think I liked the furnitures a lot.
One of my uncles practices traditional Chinese medicine. The old ways are still highly effective and many have been proven scientifically, according to one of my other uncles who was a medical school professor at John Hopkins University.
I have been trying for 1 year, (since my favorite resturant closed 🙁 )
to find a recipe. The dish had sliced rice cake, pork, mushrooms and bok choy in a clear sauce.
Does anyone know what this is?
Thank you so much!