Here is the version of wang lao ji that is I think only available from Chinese drug stores. Considered a medicine I like to drink it because it contains no sugar. For some reason Chinese like Americans are all obsessed with sugar and the belief that all things bitter need to be eliminated and covered up with loads of white sugar – somehow counterproductive to health, isn’ it?
One package of this version of wang lao ji Chinese medicinal herbal tea contains 20 one gram packets, where one packet is sufficient for one cup. It is amazing that the directions on the outside of the package is read just like any other medicine. Add one packet and dissolve in hot water, take 1-2 per day. Yet the red can of wang lao ji does not have any indication of “how to take it” on the side of the can. That is because the red can is treated as if it were a soft drink for a brainwashed society who cannot take bitter.
The price? One red can is about three times more expensive than one packet of this unsweetened wang lao ji. Not a bad deal provide you get 20 packages especially considering the unsweetened version comes without someone else’s water and white sugar.
Where is this available? I searched Amazon and Amazon only carries the red can “soft drink” version. It’s hard to say if this is available outside of China. You might try poking around in the major China towns or you could try asking me to purchase it
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