I still prefer not to have to take anti-biotics unless strictly necessary. It seems such a drastic treatment for simple ailments, so when V got flu and sorethroat, I put him on herbal remedies - Yin Qiao Pian+Vitamin C+Luo Han Guo and the soup below: Pang Da Hai (Boat Sterculia Seed)
It comes dried and stiff, but a little soaking makes it puff up. Then you can remove the skin and seed easily. Prepare about 5 seeds per person.
Actually if we drink about 20 bowls of cheng teng, we would get enough of this herb to cure our sorethroat, but since we don't want all the calories and sugar, the easier thing to do is to prepare a concentrated soup like this.
Some dried red dates and rock sugar are used to flavour the soup.
Here you go, a tasty way to treat sore throat. It makes the inflamation go down, and removes phlegm.