When I was growing up, the solution to any bruise, headache, sprain, ailment of the moment was Kwan Loong Oil aka “Qu Feng You” which literally means “expelling wind oil”. The expelling wind oil radiated a noxious medicated menthol fume that could knock anyone out within a small city block. So, I often preferred being in pain over being rubbed down with the oil for fear of alienating anyone who wasn’t Chinese and over the age of 70. The alternative to Kwan Loong Oil was Tiger Balm which was pretty much the same thing except the mentholated medicine took the form of a greasy balm. Though my grand uncle used it religiously, our family were orthodox Kwan Loong Oil only. Like the Pepsi vs. Coke scenario, I have a feeling that there’s really only one mentholated cure-all that can rule the medicine cabinet – Kwan Loong Oil or Tiger Balm.
Which won the menthol challenge in your household?