Staying cool

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Ho Chi Minh City swimming pools, parks and tea shops are crowded these days with sun-battered denizens seeking refuge from the punishing and oppressive heat.

Whether they find it with a dip in the water, a sit in the shade or a refreshing glass of iced tea, there are also many ways to liberate yourself from the heat from the comfort of your own home.

Bí Ä‘ao (winter melon)

This vegetable has been known to reduce fevers and fight sunstroke, especially when it's blended into a beverage.

To make the tastiest cool drink, peel two winter melons and throw away the skin and seeds. Slice them into small and thin pieces and grind them in a blender. Pour the liquid in a glass and add 200g of sugar candy. Mix the liquid with the sugar and then add ice to drink.

Another tasty drink can be made by grilling two bitter melons evenly until they are completely yellow, not black.

Then peel their skin, slice them into small pieces and squeeze them for their juice.

Boil a pot of water and add leftover melon rind after juicing. After boiling for a few minutes, filter the liquid and throw the residue away. Add the juice to the boiled liquid and cook once more before adding sugar and stirring until the sugar melts.

Add ice to make winter melon "iced tea and cool down on the hottest of summer days.

Bí Ä‘ao (winter melon) and dưa hu (water melon)

Peel and slice 500 grams of wintermelon into small pieces. Blend them with 500g of small pieces of deseeded, peeled water melon in a blender. Then cook the liquid with a little sugar and drink to cool down, lower body temperature, fight sunstroke, dry mouth, pimples and measles. In addition, winter melon, which helps lose weight, is good for people who have atherosclerosis or high blood pressure.

Khổ qua (bitter melon)

Drinking bitter melon juice reduces anxiety. It is also a good remedy for constipation and indigestion sufferers. Bitter melon helps detoxicate, fight sunstroke, cool your body and improve eyesight. The least-bitter bitter melons are large and watery.

For one great remedy, chop one kilogram of deseeded bitter melon and mix with white sugar. Let it sit for one hour then put it in the blender with a little honey and sugar candy.

Or slice one kilo of bitter melon into thin pieces. Pour a little water in the blender with the bitter melons to grind them for their juice. Then pour the juice in a glass, add honey and stir.

Another way is to put one kilo of bitter melon in a pot and cover with water. Cook until the water boils. Then filter to take the water and throw away their residue. Add 200 grams of sugar candy and enjoy the water.

Or slice one kg of bitter melon into thin pieces and dry or desiccate them. Put some pieces in a hot water jug and cover the jug tightly for 30 minutes. You get a bitter melon "tea.

Mía lau (dwarf sugarcane), rá»… tranh (dried roots or woolly grass rhizome) and ginger

Wash 300g of dwarf sugarcane and 100g of dried roots with water and cut them into 10cm pieces. Peel 10g of ginger and mince it. Put dwarf sugarcane and dried roots in a pot with 1.2 liters of water and cook over a high flame for 15 minutes, then lower the flame for another 15 minutes. Then add 50g of sugar candy until it melts. Add ginger before switching off the stove. Let the water cool. Filter the water for drinking. If you don't like ginger, you can replace ginger with fresh jasmine. Add jasmine before switching off the stove. The beverage cools your body and makes you feel comfortable. It is a great antidote to the heat.

Cucumber and honey

Throw away the seedy insides of the cucumbers and slice the harder flesh into pieces. Put them in a pot and cover them with water. Cook them until the water boils. Spoon the water in a glass and add a little honey when the water is hot. The beverage helps lower fevers in children in the hot season and can act as a diuretic. In general, it gives your body energy.

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