Pi pa gao ice cream, anyone? The Chinese herbal syrup is popping up in all kinds of foods and drinks

Ice cream parlour Tom's Palette's co-owner Chronos Chan came up with its Pi Pa Gao Ice Cream in 2015.
Ice cream parlour Tom's Palette's co-owner Chronos Chan came up with its Pi Pa Gao Ice Cream in 2015.PHOTO: HEDY KHOO

SINGAPORE - It is something that your mother or grandmother may advise you to take when you have a cough or sore throat, but pi pa gao has become cool and is not just cooling.

Also called pei pa koa or pe pa gao, the traditional Chinese herbal syrup is winning fans in places as far as New York and popping up in all kinds of desserts and drinks.

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