要治癒的不是你的文明病，是你的心。人蔘滋味 – c’est la vie。
Chinese Medicine Concept Pop-up Bar
Doctor for headache; drinking for heartache.
According to statistics, 66% of Taiwanese today use traditional Chinese medicines frequently. In addition to the concept of “medicine and food are of the same origin,” medicinal and dietary supplements are deeply rooted in Chinese food culture. Herbal chicken soup, Chinese herbal hot pot, and Yun Dun Gan soup are very popular.
Despite this, Chinese medicine stores are still disappearing at a rate of 200 per year. However, the decline of traditional Chinese medicine shops does not mean that people are stronger physically and mentally. They search for other methods to heal our body and mind.
The Slow Food Design (SFD) team took the four major civilization diseases as the starting point of this creation. Neural fatigue caused by scrolling the phone before going to bed, women’s period cramps and mood swings, insomnia caused by intense brain usage, and gastrointestinal discomfort caused by various irritating diets. The team transformed the body-regulating ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine into the flavor base of cocktails and snacks and created modern healing recipes through familiar tastes and put them in contemporary forms. They tried to put forward the possibility and discussion in a humorous way on the evolution and change of traditional Chinese medicine which might not be passed down.
For this project, the SFD team invited Bar TCRC to jointly plan a pop-up bar at the Simple Life Festival, using the concept of traditional Chinese medicine pharmacy and four cocktails to explore urban social behavior.
It’s not your civilized disease that needs to be cured, it’s your heart.
1. 時珍紅花園 Shizhen Red Garden
食帖：枸杞 菊花 蜂蜜 crumble
Cocktail: gin, passion fruit, goji berry, cassia, chrysanthemum
Flavors: bright chrysanthemum flavor with the aroma of goji berry at the end
Prescription: goji berry, chrysanthemum, honey crumble
Li Shizhen was frail and sick since childhood. He resigned when he was nearly forty years old. He built his own house named “Red Garden” on the north bank of Xihu Lake. In the rest of his life, he spent nearly 30 years completing the epic masterpiece “Compendium of Materia Medica,” reorganizing the historical medical books and materials, laying a solid foundation and setting a basis for the classification of herbal medicines in later generations.
2. 扁鵲呼呼 Bian Que cures the pain
風味：Earl grey 風味較明顯，帶有氣泡感
Cocktail: Brandy, earl grey, pepper, mugwort, ginger, brown sugar
Flavors: earl grey is more pronounced, bubbly
Prescription: Magao pepper, marshmallow
Bian Que, originally named Yueren Qin, was a famous doctor in the Spring and Autumn Period of China. He was known for having the power to bring back the dead. The origin came from him healing the king’s fever, simply by looking at his lower body and checking his nostrils. Therefore, he was named as “the doctor’s teacher.”
3. 曹操踩到腳 Cao Cao stepped on his own foot
食帖：鴨賞 花椒 鳳梨乾
Cocktail: red wine, pineapple, longan meat, red dates
Flavors: bright longan flavor, with the aroma of tropical fruit spices
Prescription: smoked duck, Sichuan pepper, dried pineapple
Nowadays, “Hua Tuo’s rebirth” is used to describe excellent medical skills. According to records, Cao Cao’s headache was severe and he often could not sleep from migraines. However, Hua Tuo was carefree and didn’t want to be around Cao Cao all the time. He was then imprisoned and executed by Cao Cao. Later on, Cao Cao regretted when his son Cao Chong was severely ill.
4. 仲景喝湯 Zhongjing drinks soup
食帖：杏仁 辣椒 柑橘
Cocktail: Whiskey, apple, cardamom, clove, orange peel, sesame oil
Flavors: tangerine peel brings out the acidity; rich flavor from spices
Prescription: almond, chili, citrus
Zhongjing Zhang is known as a medical saint for his book, Shanghan Lun, mainly cited from the failed-to-pass-on “Tang Ye Jing Fa.” It could be counted as the great constituent of medical classics of the two Han Dynasties and the two parties. When Wan Can came to see Zhongjing for medical treatment, Zhongjing’s question has passed on till now, “Have you eaten the soup yet?”