Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Friday Food 27 – Chinese Foldwing

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week we are going herbal with Chinese Foldwing

Chinese foldwing

Chinese foldwing (Dicliptera Chinensis) is, as you’ve probably worked out, a Chinese herb. Known locally as 羊肝菜,  literally ‘sheep liver vegetable’, it is also known as 猪肝菜 or ‘pig’s liver vegetable’  among several other names. Despite this liverish nomenclature, it is used in traditional Chinese medicine to ‘strengthen’ the  kidneys, as well as for colds and fevers and “men’s problems”, whatever they may be.

It is also used stir fried as a green vegetable or in soups.

Available  in markets and in Century Mart. Dirt cheap.

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2 Responses to “Friday Food 27 – Chinese Foldwing”

  1. Neil Max Says:

    This is known as “pigweed” in England and has been used for at least 500 years as King Henry 8 found relief for a bladder ailment with this herb.

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    ‘Pigweed’ is a similar looking but different plant in a different family (Amaranthus).

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