Category: Herbs

Korean Perilla Leaves

Korean Perilla Leaves, photo by PH Morton

Korean Perilla Leaves

I often see in Korean dramas that they eat their barbecued  thin pork or beef slices wrapped in the same leaves as above.  Of course they also use the standard lettuce leaf.

Anyway, Peter and I fancied a bit of change for the new year so we decided to create our on table-top barbecue dinner a la Korean. and also a delicious warming hotpot.

But first off, we went shopping for the ingredients.  We went to Seoul Plaza in Golders Green, North London.  I happened to see these leaves amidst the ready made Korean side dishes.  It was about £1.99 for a packet of 20 leaves.

We did our barbecue and duly wrapped pieces of meat with kimchi, radish and sauces into a perilla leaf.  It tasted really good.  The leaf has an aromatic minty scent with a herby taste.  I actually preferred it to the crisp iceberg lettuce.  Peter also love the perilla leaves.  I think we would use more of it in the future.

Perilla apparently is a member of the mint family.  It grows from seed and very easy to cultivate.  But where can you get the seeds?!!!  If you are from the UK  and know where to get them in London, please kindly let us know!!!

bbq pork wrapped in perilla leaf, photo by PH Morton

Pansit-pansitan (Peperomia pellucida) Medicinal Herb

Pansit pansit herb, photo by JMorton

Pancit pancit, photo by JMorton

Pansit-pansitan (Peperomia pellucida) Medicinal Herb

This was the herb given to us by the Lady of Necodemos, the manghihilot (healing massager) when we consulted her for stomach aches which seems to have afflicted our whole family in the Philippines after going for an overnight swim at Club Manila East.

She said to make a drink of tea from this herb.

She gave the following instruction:

Chop the herb and then boil in plenty of water.  Leave to simmer for at least 10 to 15 minutes with the pan uncovered.

Turn off the stove and leave this herbal tea to steep for at least 10-15 minutes.

Strain and drink half a cup every four hours.

This herb will settle your stomach and digestive system.

Remaining tea can be stored for over a couple of days in a clean jar in the fridge.

Herb: Basil

A man taking basil from a woman will love her always.
– Sir Thomas More (English Lawyer, Social Philosopher, Author and Stateman – 1478-1535)

Basil Photo by PH Morton

Photo by PH Morton

Herb: Basil

Latin Name: Ocimum basilicum

The above photo was taken by Peter by my kitchen window sill.

We bought this pot of basil at Sainsburys, our local supermarket. It said to use the young shoots to encourage more growth to the herb plant. Basil is very aromatic. It gives off a very strong fresh smell, almost minty.

I love basil and Peter does too. We think that a pasta cooked in basic tomato sauce is not complete without a sprig of basil.

Did you know?

There was a very old superstition about planting basils. Apparently to really enhance the scent of basil and really make it more potent, one should rave and rant, including shouting an expletive or two while planting the basils.

I would definitely remember this when I had to repot the basil, provided I don’t kill it first. LOL

Basil as an aphrodisiac:

Also ancient Greek believed that basil improve a person’s sex drive and fertility. 😉

Italian women, once upon a time, used to wear basil to indicate that they were available and do not have a headache. 🙂 LOL