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A Natural Cold Remedy Recipe

Brew chef Kimmy Tang’s bug-busting broth

kimmy tang ginger broth recipe!

Endless sunshine and mild temps don’t mean SoCal dwellers are immune to winter bugs (we’re looking at you, freak flu of 2014).

Whip up chef Kimmy Tang’s trusted natural remedy at the first sign of the sniffles.

In addition to serving as the base for Tang’s hearty, MSG-free pho (order a bowl at any of the five 9021Pho locations, including the brand-new WeHo outpost), the simple chicken broth is a potent symptom soother: Ginger is a powerful antihistamine and decongestant; lemongrass eases headaches and stifles coughs.

This recipe — and a healthy Netflix queue — should get you through until cold season blows over.

Cold-Fighting Chicken Ginger Broth
Serves five

3 pieces ½ in.-thick fresh ginger
½ lb. shallots
5 qt. water
½ lb. carrots
1 lemongrass stalk (white part only)
3-4 lb. stew chicken
1 bunch green onion (white part for broth, green part for garnish if desired)
1½ tbsp. salt
2 tbsp. fish sauce
4 tbsp. rock sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 400°.

2. Crush ginger.

3. Put the shallots and ginger on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes or until softened and lightly browned.

4. Fill a large stockpot with the water and bring to a boil.

5. Add the roasted shallots, ginger, carrots, lemongrass, green onion, and stew chicken; bring to a boil.

6. Lower the heat to moderate and simmer until the chicken is cooked, about 2 hours. Add salt, rock sugar, and fish sauce. Continue cooking for 30 minutes. Drain broth into a separate pot.

For extra-potent cold relief, pour a serving-size portion (about 32 oz.) of the broth into a smaller pot and add a 1½ in.-thick slice of ginger and 1 lemongrass stalk (just the white part). Bring to a boil and drink hot.

Chef’s tip: After whipping up a batch, freeze leftover broth for later use.

90210Pho, 7950 West Sunset Boulevard, between Laurel and Hayworth Avenues, West Hollywood (323-656-9021). For more 9021Pho locations, go to 9021pho.com.

Photos: Kimberly Genevieve for DailyCandy

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7950 Sunset Blvd
bt Laurel & Hayworth Aves
Los Angeles, CA 90046