10 Warming Ginger Recipes For A Little Heat

10 Warming Ginger Recipes For A Little Heat

Unlock the magical properties of this natural antioxidant by adding a hint of its sweet spiciness to your meals

When you think of spice, chilies often hog the limelight, leaving its gnarly ginger shelf-buddy lurking in the shadows of its fiery red trail. Ginger root is such an underrated spice, with anti-inflammatory effects and nausea-soothing properties (remember being asked to chew on ginger to offset that motion sickness in the car?). It adds a delightful tang to dishes and a subtle heat without overpowering the palette. Harness its nourishing properties, mellow sweetness and light spiciness in these gingerific recipes below.

1. One-Pot Ginger Wine Chicken Mee Sua

We absolutely relish the combination of ginger and chicken. Brewed over time like this One-Pot Ginger Wine Chicken Mee Sua, both ginger and chicken pieces release their natural sweetness into the broth in tandem. Shitake mushrooms add a touch of rich and heavy, almost meaty flavors and wolfberries brightens all of it up with its vibrant hue and hint of sourness. The mee sua absorbs all of this goodness while waiting to be slurped up. Pair it with a side of chili soya sauce dip for your chicken meat and your family will definitely thank you for this comforting dish on rainy days.

2. Steamed Ginger Milk Pudding

There’s another way to offset the heavy creaminess that doesn’t use chili. That’s right, introduce ginger to luscious creamy mixes to prevent them from getting you jelak (sick from overwhelming rich foods). This Steamed Ginger Milk Pudding is super easy to make by milk, cream, egg whites and ginger juice. Melt as much or as little sugar you want into the mixture, chill it and its ready to serve.

3. Carrot Ginger Turmeric Soup

Take your ordinary sweet carrot soup to another level by adding ginger and turmeric. In this Carrot Ginger Turmeric Soup, ginger and turmeric are not just color additives – ginger brings a hint of light, zesty heat to the soup and turmeric adds a mustard-like aroma. Fry the spices to bring out their best flavors, and you know what – fry your carrots too! That roasted taste will add another dimension to this bright and creamy soup that makes it even more umami. Blend it all together at the end and dip your crusty garlic bread in for a hearty lunch.

4. Golden Milk With Ginger & Almond

Need a quick pick-me-up in the middle of a day? Instead of reaching for that hot chocolate or coffee mix, why not try an Incredibly Invigorating Golden Milk With Ginger & Almond? This brilliant yellow drink will lighten up your day instantly, with its intense mix of spices hitting your nostrils and waking up your mind in a heartbeat. It’s packed full of protein, calcium and stomach soothing properties, giving you not just a boost for the day, but also strengthens your body over time. Lean back and sip this amazing concoction with pleasure.

5. Steamed Ginger Garlic Chinese Sea Bass

Ginger and garlic are two integral ingredients in Chinese cooking, especially for steamed fish. Steaming is one of the best way to showcase the flavors and texture of your fresh catch. Who can resist soft, flaking fish flesh and the mild oceanic brine aroma mixed with the soft spice of ginger? In this Steamed Chinese Sea Bass, ginger masks the fishy odor of the sea bass, while lending sweetness to the flavorful gravy. Add a squeeze of lemon or lime at the end, and have it with a steaming bowl of rice to take in all that flavorful gravy.

6. Dark Chocolate Ginger Crème Brulee

Surprise your guests with a ginger twist in this Dark Chocolate Ginger Crème Brulee. These beautiful creations almost look too good to eat, and tucking into one will bring you smooth, silky bliss that will leave you scraping the bottom of the ramekins. This classic French pudding is addictive enough on its own, but by adding dark chocolate and ginger, it introduces a subtle spicy decadence to a traditionally lightly flavored dessert.  You can make it concurrently with Pavlova or Meringues to use up the egg whites instead of storing the leftovers in the fridge. We’re certain no one is going to say no to extra dessert!

7. Chicken Tinola

The comforting chicken soup is so well received worldwide that every culture has its own unique chicken soup dish. In this classic Filipino Chicken Tinola, chicken is fried to bring out incredible roasted flavors before being stewed for under an hour to let out all that juicy sweetness into the soup. Green papayas and a sizeable portion of ginger adds a nice, refreshing zing to this soup that your family will love. Feel free to omit the chili if you are sensitive to spice as this nourishing broth is yummy enough on its own!

8. Curried Sausage Rolls with Spicy Mango Chutney

Who says desserts can’t be spicy? Take the heat up a notch with this cute Curried Sausage Rolls with Spicy Mango Chutney. They make for a great afternoon snack or finger food for parties. Crunch through that flaky layered exterior to reach the curried center, and experience an explosion of spicy flavors in your mouth. Don’t forget to brush on that egg wash to achieve the beautiful golden brown look that makes it so irresistible. We’re not sure which we are more addicted to, the incredibly savory center or the sweet and spicy mango chutney dip. In this salty snack, ginger adds a mild spicy sweetness to the dip that goes so well with both mango and curry. One piece is definitely not enough!

9. Chicken Rice Porridge

Besides chicken fat, ginger juice is the other star ingredient in a bowl of chicken rice, and in this chicken rice porridge too. First, a sizzling mix of chicken fat, soy sauce and sesame oil is what makes this plain porridge magic. Next, it’s helped by garlic and ginger fried to a exude a hypnotic smell that seeps through a warm pot of pillow-y white porridge. A simple and substantial 30 min meal.

10. Super Green Capsicum and Apple Juice

The smell of fresh green apples in a garden. That’s quite the taste of this super quick capsicum and apple juice- that really is all you need for a wake-me-up in the morning. Add a thick chunk of sharp ginger slices and a dusting of super-potent anti-bacterial oregano and you’re all set for the challenges of today.

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