Last week, I caught a cold. It was going around. So I took off early from work, put on an extra layer, and proceeded to hibernate. I spent a lot of time making chicken soup, rice porridge, and ginger honey tea. I brought my laptop and blanket to the couch so I could veg out and occasionally check in at work.
Everyone has their own idea of what the best remedy for a common cold is. My friend Kayoko, a doctor, recommends Yunker. Go to your Japanese supermarket, she said, and buy a bottle of Yunker, or Zena, or one of those other Japanese energy drinks. Chug it and go to sleep.
So I went out and bought this Yunker 3-pack for $14 (it even came with a free Sato-chan elephant cell phone strap).
The main ingredients in Yunker are water, sugar, and alcohol, and it’s infused with things like royal jelly, Asian ginseng, riboflavin, and hawthorn berry extract. And it tastes like crap. Not the kind of crap that makes you nauseous, but more like a really strong shot of spicy-sweet liqueur.
I don’t know if it was the Yunker or the strain of cold I had this time around, but I completely healed two days later.