“Pei Pa Koa,” a loquat-based herbal medicine, is the panacea of Asia. Created by a Qing Dynasty doctor at the request of a filial son for his ill mother, the very thick, dark brown syrup is produced in Hong Kong by “Nin Jiom” (whose name means something like “for my mother”).
Pei Pa Koa is often simply used as a remedy for coughs and sore throats. According to the package insert, it can also be used to: (1) improve temperament; (2) protect karaoke singing voices; (3) cure hangovers; (4) aid workaholics; and (5) enhance breathing in the elderly. The following photographs are from the current package insert:
We’ve had a bottle in our cupboard ever since we learned about the elixir in Zhuhai, China seven or eight years ago. I will personally testify that it does indeed ease a bad cough. Perhaps it also helps with the effects of horrid air pollution (although the package insert does not yet make this claim).
As a smog remedy, it’s simply dying to be made into a new cocktail for use in Shanghai’s ultra-hipster “speakeasies.” Care to dream up a drink recipe and name?
Pick up a bottle before your next KTV party in smoggy Shanghai, hazy Hong Kong or bleak Beijing. Now also available in single dose sachets!