Mr. Mak's Gin Bao
Mr. Mak’s Gin Bao, based in New York City’s Chinatown, has bottled the traditional Chinese ginger broth health drink for the first time.
The ginger drink was brought over from China by CEO Frances Mak’s father, who the company is named after. On his way to the “American Dream,” Mr. Mak also became stressed, exhausted, and developed physical “funks,” according to the company website. Then, he remembered a family recipe for bao, a plant broth made from ginger with ginseng. Friends and family saw the positive impact that ginger bao had on Mr. Mak, and it became a family mission to spread the benefits of the health drink to everyone.
“Our job is to think how to make alternative, complimentary or traditional Chinese medicine into a more accessible space, because we believe in it,” Frances Mak told FoodNavigator-USA.
According to Mr. Mak’s website, people in Asia drink ginger bao to “aid digestion, build immunity, get energized, and feel their best.”
A 13.9-fluid-ounce bottle of Mr. Mak’s Gin Bao retails for around $4.99; flavors including original (lemon), harmonizing queen bee (honey and lemon), and energizing dragonwell ginbao with green tea. Each drink has a base of slow-brewed organic ginger and ginseng purée.
The drink is not yet widely available, but the company is looking to further expand into the health-conscious American public.