Mung Bean Noodles with Greens and Sesame Sauce – Alice Louey
One aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) involves food therapy, where different foods have different thermal effects on the body such as heating, cooling and neutral. You can then use these different foods to take care of your own health. For example, according to TCM, there are are skin conditions that may be caused by too much “heat” such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatis, and rosacea. Some people with these skin conditions will then benefit from eating more foods which have a “cooling” influence on the body.
This yummy dish contains “cooling” mung bean noodles, tofu, cucumber and watercress. The addition of slightly “warming” ginger and garlic also help with digestion.
Sesame paste and oil are deeply nourishing. They are packed with protein, magnesium and other nutrients. As well as adding a wonderful depth of flavour to the dish, studies suggest that consistent use of sesame may help in lowering blood pressure, blocking cholesterol production, preventing diabetes and improving plasma glucose in hypersensitive diabetics. (Yale Journal of Biology & Medicine 2006 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1942178/)