Chinese Assorted Herb
Here is a scan I made of one of my purchases from 99 Ranch last week-end, showing the front of the package. On the long sides are the captions:
"This Product Contain Sulfur Dioxoide"
RADIX PAEONIAE ALBA RADIX REHMANNIAE"
plus some Chinese characters that I cannot read.
On the back, it has the following instructions:
"User warnings (mainly used for soups)
1. Raw foods - cook before serving
2. It may be hazardous to your health to eat before cooking.
PROPER HANDLING INSTURCTIONS [their spelling]
1. Soak in a pot of water until soft,
2. Rinse with tap water 2 to 3 tones.
3. Boil herbs for at least 40-45 minutes in high temperature
4. Mix with your favorite meats (chicken or pork) and let simmer for another hour.
5. Do not reuse herbs. Please discard after serving."
I have a feeling that "radix" means mushroom, and "rhizoma" must be some kind of root. Anyway, I expect to be making soup with them in the next week or so and hope that the sulphur dioxide will not taste as bad as it sounds - at least it smells okay.
There were a lot of strange items on the aisle where I found this package, but I was only brave enough to try one at a time. I really need help shopping at that market because I would not know what to do with many of the ingredients sold there.
I'll list the other items I bought there later this week-end.