Hong Kong is one of the most crowded and densely populated areas in the World. I been there as transit stop while travelling to India on Cathay Pacific. We took flight from Los Angles and travel to Hong Kong and then to Mumbai from there. I have seen Hong Kong’s street market’s only in Jacky Chan’s movies. However never got a chance to visit, but when I saw this recipe of Five Green Juice from Hong Kong, I felt I need to try it. As you know I am a juice and smoothie person I immediately dive to try it.
I first saw this recipe here , where author says he tasted this juice in streets of Mong kok in Hong Kong. I read that Mong Kok street is one of busiest streets in Hong Kong, it a place good for tourists as full of markets and food stalls. You want to take a peek of the street then here it is . I always dreams about travelling those places and enjoy various kinds of foods. Never got a chance to do that may be in future.
This vegetables juice is even sold in bottled drink, it really healthy, with all green color veggies and fruits. It has detoxifying as well as sugar reducing power. Yes in India we use Indian bitter gourd/ bitter melon juice for diabetics saying that it will reduce the blood sugar. I was a fan of bitter gourd usually makes curries and stir fry with them. I was afraid to try it in juice until I saw this recipe. You need bitter melon, green bell pepper, cucumber, celery and green apple with touch of salt and pepper to make this juice.
Bitter melon/ Bitter gourd, contains at least three active substances with anti-diabetic properties, like Charantin, Vicine, and Lectin. Charantin, which has been confirmed to have a blood glucose-lowering effect, vicine and an insulin-like compound known as polypeptide-p. Which either work individually or together to help reduce blood sugar levels. Lectin act on peripheral tissues and suppressing appetite – similar to the effects of insulin in the brain. This lectin is thought to be a major factor behind the hypoglycemic effect that develops after eating bitter melon. Bitter melon is used in traditional medicine for Colic. Fever, burns, chronic cough, painful menstruation, and certain skin conditions, read more from here .
1-cup serving of green bell peppers contains 2.5 grams of fiber toward the daily recommendation of 21 to 25 grams for women and the 30 to 38 grams for men. It also very rich in Vitamin C, 1 cup of green bell pepper contains 119.8 g, which far more than our daily requirements of 75 and 90 milligrams of vitamin C per day. If diet is rich in vitamin C, less likely to develop infections, and skin, teeth, gums and blood vessels are healthier and work more efficiently. The same serving of chopped green bell peppers contains 0.55 milligrams of vitamin E toward the 15 milligrams you should take in every day. Vitamin E helps protect cells from damage and supports a strong immune system read more from here .
An excellent source of Vitamin K, celery is also a low calorie food that is great for people who are trying to lose weight. It’s also packed with antioxidants.
This is delicious healthy juice, diabetic friendly, however you need to get acquired taste of bitter melon. I used Indian bitter melon than Chinese bitter melon mentioned in the recipe I saw. I also added touch of salt and pepper. Try this if you want a unique tasting experience. You can find Indian bitter melon or Chinese bitter melon in Asian stores as well as few stores that cater Hispanic American population like Fiesta, HEB etc.
Here comes the recipe