Best Chinese Herbs, January 2007
Any neighborhood pharmacy can fill an Rx, but Monterey Park is the destination for herbal remedies from the Far East. At Tak Shing Hong , row after row of traditional Chinese herbs are sold over the counter: licorice root for vitality, black moss for prosperity, lotus seed for diarrhea. The main draw here is ginseng, said to boost blood circulation and mental clarity. Look for the fleshy root in all shapes and sizes, displayed behind glass counters as if it were jewelry. With an adjacent marketplace staffed by employees in red smocks, this emporium could be a Target were it not for the giant shark fin hanging from the ceiling.