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18 十一月

《南聊》 手艸生活 H’AND HERB Life

【順應時節,喝茶吃飯】- 手艸生活 H’AND HERB Life

地址:台南市北區裕民街72巷12號
受訪人:Hugo、裘米
台南人;台中人,台南生活十多年。

手艸生活於2015年7月開業,店內主要販售漢方茶飲及自製麵包,希望透過茶飲,加強更多人對於食補概念的認識,並更親近熟悉中藥材。手艸生活所代表的意涵強調了漢方的手抓及手沖,加上艸以部首表現的原始意象,強調再怎麼渺小都應該保有的強烈生命力;二樓的空間預計將於明年規劃成藝術工作室,進行藝術課程教育推廣,對象不限小孩或成人,授課主要目的在於透過觀察,進而討論這個世界的模樣和創作的可能。手艸生活最終希望讓所有人都能夠跳脫對於中藥的刻板印象,通過茶飲,注重身心靈的健康並達到平和的和諧狀態。

Hugo的爺爺開的是中藥行,父親則經營中西藥局,在從小的耳濡目染之下,對於藥材入菜、四季食補的概念幾乎已是直覺反應。從小時候就習慣喝熱牛奶裡要加巴蔘(粉光),同學到家裡吃飯時也常常對於燉湯裡添加的許多藥材感到驚奇,也很羨慕他在家裡就能吃到好吃又健康的牛肉湯或麻辣鍋。店裡的廚房和菜單原先並沒有規劃要供應餐點,不過在秉持醫食同源的精神下,從今年二月開始遵循24節氣不定期舉辦節氣食堂的活動,運用當季食材和藥材讓報名活動的人得以享用一頓身心靈皆能獲得滿足的晚餐,這個活動Hugo希望回歸原始,要享用晚餐必須先以物換餐,讓資源永續,同時更添溫暖。

手艸生活所要提倡的,是必要宣揚四季都需要食補的概念。春生代表萬物生長,著重養肝,適合飲用內有五味子、枸杞、黑棗、黃耆等複方的甘苦人活力茶;夏季天氣炎熱需重補水排熱、宜清淡飲食,手艸抓了荷上賞菊茶幫助調節代謝;秋收需潤肺、忌辛辣,養氣雙子茶可以提升五臟之氣;冬藏記得吃溫熱,除了台
灣常見的麻油雞,也合適將當歸和清化桂入菜以養血順氣。

對於台南的觀光熱潮,Hugo認為透過了解歷史,能夠更加理解城市的脈絡,透過歷史的眼光走訪一座城市,可以想像出不同時期的風情更為有趣。台南尤其是座以廟宇連結起的古城,手艸附近有鄭成功登陸之處的三老爺宮,沿著舊時德慶溪的河道可造訪開基天后宮、赤崁樓和米街,遊玩台南除了享用美食,應當更有別具意涵的方式和行程,從頭認識這座古城。

推薦食物:悅津鹹粥、等天光三明治熱濃湯
推薦景點:鎮北坊文化園區、台灣文學館、葉石濤紀念館、林百貨、孔廟

H’AND HERB Life started in July 2015, mainly selling Chinese herbal tea and hand-made bread. They want to introduce the concept of eating according to the season and strengthen the weak part by Chinese medical wisdom by selling the tea. The name of H’AND HERB Life represents the image of hand picking, selecting herbals and also making tea. Herb then not only represents the ingredients but also the spirit they want to share that even tiny living can have strong power like grass. They are planning to make the second floor space into an art studio and will have plenty artistic classes to both children and adults. For them, the balance of both body and mental are important, so visiting H’AND HERB Life you can not only taste nice and healthy tea but also have a peaceful journey discovering in your mind.

Hugo has been familiar with Chinese herbals since he was a kid as his grandfather opened Chinese medicine store and his father ran the business selling both Chinese and Western medicine. It has been a habit for him to cook with Chinese herbals and eat different ingredients according to the season. When Hugo’s friends visit his home, they always become very jealous how lucky he is to have such yummy spicy hot pot or beef soup with Chinese herbals at home. The menu and kitchen design of H’AND HERB Life didn’t meant to provide meals, but with the faith that they are promoting the idea that medicine and food shall have the same source. From this February, they hold exhibition cooking with the suitable herbals and ingredients, and the cuisine is not for sale but only through barter economy. Through this events which according to the 24 solar terms, Hugo wants to make the events back to old times when people care quality and simplicity much more than convenience or price . So if you want to attend the dinner, you have to bring things useful just you don’t need anymore, make the resource continue and make the night warmer.

The concept they want to promote is in each season people should all eat proper according to the weather to make body smoother. In spring when everything grows, people should take much care about liver. In summer when it is always hot, chrysanthemum tea may be suitable for preventing heat stroke. When in autumn, moisturizing lung and avoiding spicy flavor is a must. Winter is like for most people knowing should have hot food and keep warm as always.

When it comes to how he feels about the tourism development in Tainan, Hugo thinks it is important for people learn and understand the history and to really have the idea how a city being develop. Therefore, it wouldn’t be a memory with plenty food but empty feelings after a journey. Especially, Tainan is like a city being connected by one and the other temples. When you come to H’AND HERB Life, don’t miss the temples around, Chikan Tower and Xinmei Street (where old times selling rice).It would be more meaningful if you get to know the story before visiting Tainan next time!

Food recommendation: Yuigin congee, 161 Hope soup and sandwich
Spots recommendation: Jhenbeifang Culture Center, National Museum of Taiwan Literature, Ye Shit-tao Memorial Center, Hayashi Department store, Confusions Temple

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