10 Miracle Spices for Your Weekly Diet
Chef Hannah An of West Hollywood’s finest Vietnamese restaurant, The District by Hannah An, has always looked to elevate traditional Vietnamese dishes with unusual pairings of spices, sauces and ingredients not widely used in Vietnamese cuisine yet incredibly delicious. Recently, the creative Chef journeyed to the Quang region of Vietnam on a retreat called “Roots for Peace”, in order to find inspiration within the culture’s cuisine. With novel exotic spices and fresh organic produce she was able to create a myriad of delightful new dishes – all of which hold unbelievable health benefits as well. In an attempt to spice up her cooking – pun intended – Hannah rediscovered the native peppercorn spice grown and planted in that specific area and whose endless health benefits include stimulation of digestion, cough and cold relief, weight loss and skin improvement. Peppercorn is also know for curing depression and preventing cancer!
To honor her eye-opening spice journey, Hannah is creating a special “Roots for Peace” 5-course “benefit menu” at The District. The menu items will of course incorporate the peppercorn spice in dishes such as caramel, chocolate black peppercorn pudding and ginger black peppercorn sauce. While peppercorn’s health benefits are endless and it’s flavor extraordinary, there are many other Vietnamese spices that Hannah discovered in her journey and that we all should incorporate into our diets.
Turmeric: Contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory effects
Garlic: Combats sickness and improves heart health
Cinnamon: Lowers blood sugar levels and has a powerful anti-diabetic effect
Sage: Improves brain function and memory
Ginger: Treats nausea and has anti-inflammatory properties
Rosemary: Helps prevent allergies and nasal Congestion
Peppermint: Relieves IBS pain and may reduce nausea
Holy Basil: Helps fight infections and boosts immunity
Cayenne Pepper: Contains capsaicin, which helps reduce appetite and may have anti-cancer properties