Diabetes & Herbal Foods

by Dr. Chong Fee Lan (Tel: 012-370 3755)
Nanjing Chinese Medical Centre
L-02-06, Jalan PPK 1, Taman Kinrara Section 3 Town Centre, 47100 Puchong, Selangor.
Tue-Sat(9am-12.30pm/2.30pm-5.30pm) Sundays(10am-1pm)
77A, Jalan Mega Mendung, 5th Mile, Old Klang Road, 58200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tue-Sat(7pm-9.30pm) Sundays(6pm-9.30pm)
Tel: 03-7982 4562

Chinese physicians classify diabetes into three sectors, namely upper sector, middle sector and lower sector illness. Herbal medicines are normally prescribed to be combined with food for cooking. Their main role in cuisine is to keep the blood glucose level near to normal as much as possible.

Upper sector diabetes patient needs an extra fluid diet as he or she may have a strong urine flow but the colour tends to be very yellow. The throat is parched and tongue reddish. Food choice should be on ingredients that can ease the thirst and soothe lungs.

Middle sector diabetics require extra intake of meals. Frequency can increase but the portions should be small. The patients feel thirsty and have bitter taste in their mouths. Bad breath, parched mouths and constipations occur. Hard stool comes with difficult bowel movements. Some light herbal food can improve the general health.

Lower sector diabetes patients may have a constant urge to ease themselves and tend to be rather thin despite consuming a large amount of food. Herbs used can help to speed up the detoxification process and clear body heat.

Always ensure a diabetic diet has three lows and one high. It must be low in oil, salt and sugar but high in fibre intake. Recipes printed are suitable food as they tend to have some curative value.

Celery Soup With Pig's Pancreas
50g celery (rinsed)
1 set pig's pancreas (rinsed, sliced)
10g Chinese cooking wine
1 egg
10g tapioca flour
5g salt
5g ginger (shredded)
10g spring onions (diced)
Some soy sauce
30g vegetable cooking oil
500ml stock (pre-boiled)
1.Place slice pancreas in a bowl. Add in wine, soy sauce, tapioca flour, salt, egg, some water to mix together.
2.Heat wok, add in oil. When semi-hot, add in ginger and spring onions. Pour in stock, bring to a boil. Add in no.(1) and celery. Cook for three minutes. Take this as a main dish once a day.
Anecdote: In Chinese food culture, it is believed if you eat a particular part of an animal, it should benefit the corresponding part of the eater. Therefore, to strengthen one'sncreas, you should eat the pig'sancreas.
Herbal properties: Promotes circulation of blood, treats excessive thirst.

Tu Fu Ling Soup
500g pig'sack bones
50g Tu Fu Ling
2000ml water
Boil bones and water. Strain residue and oil contents. Add tu fu ling to strained solution. Bring to a boil, simmer till 2 bowls of solution remains. Divide into 2 portions. Drink once a day.
Herbal properties: Strengthens the spleen, has good diuretic effect.

More Diabetic-Friendly Recipes in "Y3K Recipes" issue no.41.


张慧兰医师供稿(Tel: 012-370 3755)

Nanjing Chinese Medical Centre
L-02-06, Jalan PPK 1, Taman Kinrara Section 3 Town Centre, 47100 Puchong, Selangor.
Tue-Sat(9am-12.30pm/2.30pm-5.30pm) Sundays(10am-1pm)
77A, Jalan Mega Mendung, 5th Mile, Old Klang Road, 58200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tue-Sat(7pm-9.30pm) Sundays(6pm-9.30pm)
Tel: 03-7982 4562


糖尿病患的饮食原则「三低一高」,也就是「低油、低盐、低糖、高纤维」,把握此一糖尿病饮食原则,让糖尿病患者既可品尝美食,又不增加身体负担。 以下药膳可根据患者所表现的症状酌情选用。






Diabetes & The Diabetic Diet

by CM Dr. Allen K.M. Pang (Doctor of Chinese Medicine)
* Medical Advisor of Xiamen Ren De Hospital
* Regional Representative of Nanjing TCM University
* President of SEL & KL Association of China Graduated Chinese Physicians
* Guest Lecturer of Hong Kong Wah Ha TCM College
* Director Jiangxi TCM University Malaysia Tutoring Centre
* Vice Chairman (Overseas) of Xiamen TCM & Medicine Promoting Association.

Address:Lot L-02-05, Block L, Kinrara Section 3 Town Centre, Jalan PPK 1, Pusat Perniagaan Kinrara 3, Persiaran Kinrara Sek 3, Taman Kinrara Sek 3, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia.
e-mail: ortcm@sina.com

Diabetes is a condition where there is an abnormally high level of sugar in the blood and the affected patient's body is unable to control this. Basic causes of the illness are thought to be related to genetic inheritance, environment, coming into constant contact with toxic substances or other infection of harmful organism may trigger the onset. Diabetes results from a failure in the production of insulin which is one of the body'shormones and its job is to keep the blood's sugar in control. Without insulin, the body's cells become deprived of sugar despite the fact that there is a high level in the blood. As the sugar level rises due to lack of insulin, the cells burn on fat and nutrients like protein as it goes through improper circulation.

Proper diet still form the basis for management of diabetes and the so-called diabetic diet is nothing more than a modification of a well-balanced diet of others. Whatever others eat, diabetics can eat too but with certain adjustments altered to suit each individual's needs. The intake of calories, proteins, fat, sugar should be carefully monitored as a balanced diet supplies nutrients needed by a person to support daily health. A diabetic person requires the same food nutrients as any other non-diabetic person. But protein, fat and carbohydrates are not metabolized in the same way so there is a need to lower this range of food groups. An uncontrolled diet may bring about problems whether the patient belongs to the Diabetes Mellitus (blood glucose level is higher than normal) or Maturity Onset Diabetes, which is a type of diabetes where the pancreas does produce insulin but the tissues of the body are sensitive to its action and because of this, a condition of high blood sugar level starts.

Sometimes, a diabetic can lapse into problems like hypoglycameia (which means low blood sugar level) or develop hyperglycaemia (which means high blood sugar level). Both conditions can be cured but complications can have an effect on the eyes, start of abnormalities in the nerves and has a tendency to develop artery trouble.

Diet is a must for those who suffer from diabetes. Once you understand the role of diet, there is a better overall control of the disease. With a proper diet and combined with the correct set of exercise, the illness can be managed. A diabetic should bring blood glucose level near to normal in order to lessen the risk of toxic effects and whether a patient is on medication or insulin, the diet should be tailored to each individual's nutritional requirement. Below is a simple guide to the source of vitamins needed in a diet:

1. Vitamin A (retinol) is needed for Group 1 as they tend to have insulin resistance. A good origin of this vitamin comes from egg yolks, carrots, pumpkins, maize, spinach and since vitamin A is fat soluble, it can also be made in the body from carotene, a substance found in carrots, spinach.

2. Vitamin B is water soluble so you need a daily supply. There are many vitamins in this group (B1, B2, B6, B12) and is needed for growth and general health, especially for the nervous system. Sources of this vitamin comes from wheatgerm, pulses, sesame seeds and animal products.

3. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) acts as antioxidant, mopping up free radicals, prevents irregularities in the nervous system or formation of arterial disease. Fresh fruits particularly strawberries, spinach, tomatoes, contain a useful amount of vitamin C.

4. Vitamin D is needed for the production of insulin. It is an odd vitamin as it can be made in the body. This process occurs in the skin where a substance is converted into vitamin D in response to exposure to sunlight. General exposure should be sufficient.

5. Lack of Zinc can be a problem factor to the secretion of insulin by the pancreas. Foods rich in this nutrient are cereals, eggs.

6. Chromium can help to lower blood sugar and a good source comes from malt, groundnuts, button mushrooms, tea leaves, ginseng and the herb Wong Chi.

7. Selenium can lower blood sugar and prevents hardening of the heart's arteries. A rich source comes from sesame seeds, malt and herb Wong Chi.

It is rather common to find many family members of diabetic patients who expect complications to the patients everyday diet. There are misconceptions that these patients need booster nutrition like chicken essence, foods high in proteins, fish soups or double-boiled chicken with Chinese herbs. In fact this can be a danger as there lies the inability to resist temptation over heavy meals. A well-balanced diet is important for patients but they should not be deprived of good food too.

Bittergourds have enzymes for lowering blood sugar and is a booster for the immune system. The flesh and seeds of this fruit vegetable has loads of goodness and can be taken as a juice drink on a daily basis. It not only helps to prevent constipation but helps to reduce excess weight gained.

As fat restriction is necessary for diabetics, many opt to leave out meat in return for vegetarianism. Eating meat is not harmful in itself but eating anything in excess can be dangerous. As meat is an excellent source of protein, iron and fat, a full vegetarian diet has to be supplemented with the right proportion of nutrients needed in a balanced diet. In a vegetarian diet, protein can only be obtained through plant protein and a combination of nuts, pulses, cereals can help. But it can have its disadvantages as many people are allergic to nuts or flatulence can be formed by eating high fibre foods such as beans. There is often a mistaken idea that if no meat is consumed, the sugar level will be good. This is not true as when there is insufficient insulin, glucose cannot be processed and this remains circulating in the blood stream and can be toxic to the body. Vegans can have an exchange for meat by consuming eggs as it has good protein food. For lacto-vegetarians, the substitution list should include one to two glasses of milk daily and eggs to replace beans. A knowledge of nutrition is the must important factor in preparing a diabetic diet.

Diabetics should drink a lot of water, around 1600 to 1800ml. Water is not a nutrient but the base for the body's major transport system. Alcohol consumption, smoking and excessive sugary drinks should be avoided. Soluble fibres can be beneficial in the diets too. Be wise with your choice and any diabetic patient can still enjoy dining in or out.


彭國民中医师供稿(012-3320445) e-mail:ortcm@sina.com

Lot L-02-05, Block L, Kinrara Section 3 Town Centre, Jalan PPK 1, Pusat Perniagaan Kinrara 3, Persiaran Kinrara Sek 3, Taman Kinrara Sek 3, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia. (即蒲种路八英里观音殿斜对面)















糖尿病人要多喝白开水,每天应摄取约六至八杯(1600~1800 C.C)的水。白开水是人体最健康、最经济的水份来源,应养成摄取白开水的习惯。市售饮料常含高糖份,经常饮用不利于理想体重及血脂肪的控制。



Ipoh's Paper-Thin Wanton Skins

Bercham, a village in Perak is home to a big Hakka enclave. When visiting Bercham, a meal at the legendary Shine Noodles stall located within the premises of T & V Restaurant is a must. This coffeeshop sits opposite the Public Bank and gets very busy at night. Many locals rave about the egg noodles and wantons sold at the only food stall here. It has created a wanton craze as people jostled for seats on the pavement or fringe of the street. Call this a Malaysian style of simple dining.

Initially, this 40 year-old business started from a trishaw cart and was peddled by senior Yap Kam Seng. He was helped by his spouse as son- Yap Kok King spoke of his father's overall experiences. They moved to this location about 10 years ago and business has flourished pretty well. Six brothers run the stall started by papa who still kneads the dough by hand. Most traders have turned to machinery help in churning out most food products but this group of Yap clan are true artisans of the trade. They are among the handful of skilled workmen we have left.

The wanton skins has been held in high regard as one of the best in town and more of a signature puller than the egg noodles. Apart from this, deep-fried prawn wantons, sui kow dumplings are equally good. Pastry skins are so thin and the actual appeal lies here.

Basically, the process of making noodles and wanton skins do not differ very much. Flour and whole eggs are combined into a dough which goes through the process of repeated folding and rolling. Of course there is some skill needed in the strength used in the kneading process and experience definitely counts. The Yaps were in the news radar when the Perak Tourism Board accorded their food a new status. It has found its way to the good food index list approved by the state.

Both wantons and sui kow dumplings are served in an ikan bilis simmered stock. As the skin is so thin, you can see the filling clearly. Every piece of morsel is freshly made and tastes wonderful. Other melt-in-the mouth crunchies are the deep-fried wantons, prawn wantons and sui kow dumplings. This taste of a somehow good crunch grows on you with each mouthful. Try them out if you come by the village.








Shine Noodles (T & V Restaurant ) 353, Jalan Besar Bercham,
Taman Desa Kencana, 31400 Ipoh.
e-mail: kokking84@hotmail.com website:www://geocities.com/shine_noodles
Tel: 012-5025886 Business hours: 6.30pm - 12.00am

Batu Pahat - Ah See Noodles

Famously known as Ah See Noodle House of Batu Pahat,this shop sells Wanton noodles. Ah Leong earnt the trade from his father, Ah See. Emphasis here is on quality and skill and Ah Leong still make their own noodles just like the way his father did 50 years ago. Many people are confused over the two names and presumed it belongs to one identity, little realizing it is a father and son team. Ten years ago, Ah Leong started a simple no-frills shop selling his noodles but has since relocated to the address printed.

This time apart from Ah Leong and spouse, a third generation nephew- Danny Wang has been groomed to continue the family tradition. Danny is very much a part of the immediate family as he has lived with Ah Leong since young.

Wanton noodles and wanton skins are prepared on a daily basis, barely sufficient for the two outlets. Looking at the crowd, it has to be good food to appeal to so many. The shop would be packed from 8a.m. to 4p.m. on most days. The Johor wanton noodles are not tossed with dark soy sauce. For those who like a spicy touch, it would be tossed with some chilli sauce. The noodles would then have an orangy colour look instead. Another good choice here is the clear soup noodles. We found the stock rather flavourful as it certainly has that oomph, being simmered for hours with a blend of pork bones. Wanton noodle dish is the reason to come as it is one of the best in this district whatmore you should have no complains of their quick service. Regular patrons should know the simple but appetizing noodles has remained unchanged both in quality and taste for over half a century, it has certainly withstood the test of time.





良记云吞面 Ah See Noodle House
5, Jalan S/J 2A, Taman Setia Jaya,
83000 Batu Pahat, Johor.
Tel: 012-7178 789, 016-750 5050

Closes on Mondays

Sarawak Laksa In Sunway

In the Petaling Jaya suburb, Sunway Pyramid has established itself as a shopping hub offering a diverse range of shopping experience and a venue for food and leisure. Not far away from this centre lies a college known as The One Academy. Frequent food patrons would normally gather downstairs of the college at Restoran Ming Tien. The hawkers at this eatery offer an extensive range of food to the hungry early morning or lunch crowd of office workers and college students. Most stalls remain open way past dinner time.

Best sellers here are dim-sum, bak-kut-teh, wanton noodles, prawn mee and a host of other local food. Oh yes, the Sarawak Laksa signboard attracted our attention.

We spoke to stall owner- Madam Lim Suk Ing. She left Sibu some 12 years ago, to join her children here. As she could churn out a mean Mee Kolok and Sarawak Laksa, there's more reason than ever to venture into the foodline. Accordingly, the noodles for Mee Kolok has to be freshly-made daily, very much a manual task. This lightly coloured noodles is doused with some pre-fried minced meat, lard oil, fish sauce, some char siew slices, no dark soy sauce is added but a side saucer of chilli sauce. She has retained the same local touch as what you get in Sibu as the noodles come with a firm bite.

Business is good especially on Sundays. Her two big tubs of laksa stock gets soldout in no time. What is the fuss over all these laksa variants? Penang Assam Laksa is very much a northern Nyonya creation with a base stock of spicy and sourish taste. Johor Laksa is 'lemak' as the stock is filled with a rich coconut milk gravy. Popular Sarawak Laksa is a version of curry noodles with the spice paste imported from its homeland. It is not as rich as the Johor Laksa as the stock is usually milder.

Scalded thick fat beehoon is placed in a big bowl drenched with the laksa stock. A topping of prawns, shredded chicken meat, omelette shreds, taugeh, chopped Chinese celery, sambal belacan are placed attractively around. Lime juice is doused over the noodles prior to eating. This fusion imparts a distinctive flavour and we got captivated by its beautiful aroma.

Simple down-to-earth cuisine can be good interest for those Sarawakians who yearn for their local hawker favourites. Madam Lim can certainly give you some homespun essence.







2-6, Jalan PJS 11/28A, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
营业时间 Operation hours:
上午七时至晚上九时 7a.m. - 9p.m.