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Photo of the day: Ancient Chinese Cold Cure

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Our photo theme this week: It Came from the Convenience Store. Various and sundry “only-in-China” goods that can be found at any corner xiaomaibu.

This is a two-in-one.

Part one is the rather newly unveiled ginger coke. My succinct review is that the flavor isn’t too powerful, but if you like ginger, which I do, you’ll like this a little more than regular coke. Coca-Cola with ginger is already a popular drink here — boiling coke with thinly sliced fresh ginger is a time-honored cure for a cold (they have fresh ginger in the Family Mart too if you’re some kinda purist). Back in the day people used brown sugar, but coke is the go-to modern alternative. Mix that corporate imitation of a homestyle remedy with:

Looking like a Pokemon item

Vitamin C tablets. Hear the satisfying sizzle of vitamin C dissolving into the boiling liquid. There’s no way a cold will stand up to this. The vitamin C tablets are basically Airborne or Emergen-C, but we love the convenient tube. We opted for lemon flavor to complete the fiery potion. They have 49 kuai ($7) bottles of Ballantine’s too, but you didn’t hear that from us.

Cozy up with that ginger-lemon-vitamin-C-coke. You deserve it.

Adan Kohnhorst
Adan Kohnhorst is a Shanghai-based writer, producer, and multimedia artist, and the Associate Editor at RADII. His work has been featured in publications such as Maxim and the Chinese-language StreetVoice, and he’s an active member of the hip-hop and DIY music scenes in Shanghai, NYC, and Dallas. He learned Mandarin in high school so he could train at the Shaolin Temple, but now just uses it to interview rappers.

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