Misc Items (Signage)

Axe Brand Universal Oil

Originating in Singapore over 90 years ago, Axe Brand Universal Oil is used for mild relief of headaches, nasal congestion, insect bites, rheumatic pain, and muscular aches. 

Legend says Axe Brand founder Leung Yun Chee got the Universal Oil recipe from a German physician called Dr. Schmeidler in 1928. Leung adopted the ax as his company logo, perhaps as a sign of strength and power. The company is now run by Leung's two sons, Leong Heng Keng and Leong Mun Sum.

For aches, pains, and insect bites, apply a few drops to the affected area and massage gently. For nasal congestion, put a few drops in a towel or handkerchief, hold to your nose, and inhale deeply.

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Bee & Flower Soap

One of Pearl River Mart's classic bestsellers, Bee & Flower soap is made by the Shanghai Soap Co, one of China's largest soap producers.

The company was founded in 1923 and Bee & Flower soap was launched in 1928. Dubbed the "queen of soaps," Bee & Flower is China's most exported soap.

The soap's packaging and design have remained virtually unchanged since its introduction. Each bar is still hand wrapped, and the formula remains a secret.

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Zheng Gu Shui External Analgesic Lotion

This analgesic, or pain reliever, is used to soothe aches. It was historically used to treat broken bones and other injuries suffered in combat. Hence its name zheng gu shui, which translates from Mandarin Chinese as "bone setting solution."

Now it's used to treat backache, arthritis, bruises, and sprains, and is known to be ineffective for healing serious injuries such as bone fractures.

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Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa Honey and Loquat Syrup

A staple in many Chinese households, Pei Pa Koa (which translates from Cantonese Chinese as "loquat syrup") is an herbal remedy used to relieve sore throats, coughs, hoarseness, and loss of voice. It's currently made by Nim Jiom, a medicine manufacturer in Hong Kong.

It's believed the cough syrup was invented by a Qing Dynasty official named Yeung Kan. Legend says he developed the loquat syrup — based on a recipe from a famous physician called Ip Tin-See — for his mother who was suffering from a persistent cough. Eventually he worked to make the syrup available for everyone and named it nin jiom, which means "memory of mother."

The syrup's herbal ingredients are often used in traditional Chinese medicine for clearing phlegm, alleviating coughs, and soothing sore throats.

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Ping On Ointment

This ointment from Hong Kong is used to relieve muscle pains, headaches, and nasal congestion.

Originating in 1965, the ointment's active ingredients include menthol, camphor, beeswax, and peppermint, eucalyptus, and wintergreen oils.

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White Flower Oil

A pungent combination of essential oils, White Flower Analgesic Balm is a natural herbal pain reliever. Add a few drops to your bath or foot soak, and breathe in the floral scent to help relieve stress, clear sinuses, and relax the entire body.

White Flower Oil was invented in Penang, Malaysia by Gan Geok Eng, who began selling the oil in 1927. A combination of menthol, eucalyptus, wintergreen, camphor, lavender, and peppermint, the oil actually contains no flowers, white or otherwise. The name comes from the inventor's favorite bud, the white narcissus daffodil.

As for where the formula came from, that remains a mystery. Stephen Gan, the son of the inventor and executive director at his father's company, told the South China Morning Post:

My father told me he got it from a German doctor on a cruise ship, but he told other stories to my brothers. One was that it’s a family recipe from my grandfather. Who invented it, we don’t know.

Regardless of where it comes from, White Flower Oil is an essential addition to your self-care routine.

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Types of Matcha Powders

Matcha is a a Japanese green tea powder made from finely powdered dried tea leaves. With a vibrant green color, the tea's flavor is vegetal and slightly bitter. A cornerstone of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries, matcha is also popularly consumed on a daily basis. It has more caffeine than other green teas but less than coffee. Some describe the matcha "buzz" as smooth rather than jittery.

Matcha comes in various qualities:

  • Ceremonial — Used for traditional occasions, such as Japanese tea ceremonies. Suggested use: hot water only.
  • Culinary — Used in cooking, baking, and everyday beverage blends. Suggested use: cooking, baking, and blending.
  • Universal — Used for all. Has a bit slightly bitter taste. Drink it straight or mix into your favorite drinks. Suggested use: anything!
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What's Moshio Salt?

Moshio is a kind of Japanese salt derived from seawater and Hondawara seaweed. It was first produced by ancient Japanese 2,500 years ago.

Anything that requires salt will benefit from the natural sea minerals and rich umami flavor of moshio salt.

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What's Yuzu Kosho?

Yuzu kosho is a Japanese paste made with fresh chilis fermented with yuzu and salt. It can be used as a condiment or an ingredient in a dish.

Green yuzu kosho, which is made with green chilis, is more common. It has a sharp, bright, grassy flavor with a tartness from the yuzu. Great paired with chicken, fish, and avocados.

Red yuzu kosho uses red chilis and has a smoother, saucier texture. It's less spicy than the green. However, the spice lingers longer in the mouth. Add it to a sauce for fish, pasta, or eggs.

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Mirin Versus Rice Vinegar

Mirin is a fermented rice wine product, native to Japan. It has a sweet rice wine seasoning (sweetened rice wine).

Rice vinegar is commonly used for seasoning rice used for sushi making. It has a distinct sourness that mirin lacks.

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What's Chinkiang Vinegar?

A traditional Chinese condiment made from fermented black rice, chinkiang vinegar has a deep and complex flavor that is sweet, full-bodied, earthy, and rich.

Chinkiang vinegar is widely used in Chinese cuisine to flavor cold appetizers, add color and flavor to braised meats, and as a dipping sauce for soup dumplings.

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