My aunt bought few containers of guilinggao back few months back. It’s not the usual type, it came with a small container of syrup(honey+fruit juice) for you to mix it with the guilinggao and this is flavoured guilinggao. Best served chilled.
Managed to try 4 different types of flavours: original, sweet osmanthus(gui hua), ginseng, and fructus momordicae(luo han guo). All were OK except sweet osmanthus(gui hua), it’s a bit sourish, I don’t like.
I remember last time I had guilinggao before and it stained my teeth, only managed to remove the stain after brushing my teeth. After that, I don’t dare to eat too much.
If you want to learn more about guilinggao, you can check out wiki for it.
GuÄ«lÃnggÄo is a Chinese medicine that is traditionally made with the powdered shell from the critically endangered three-lined box turtle (é‡‘éŒ¢é¾œ) and China roots (åœŸä¼è‹“; Smilax glabra). It is also eaten as a dessert, made in the form of a jelly. Commercially available guÄ«lÃnggÄo are always sold as a dessert and do not contain turtle shell powder (despite the prominent turtle images on most brands). They do, however, share the same herbal additives as the medicine and are similarly marketed as being good for skin complexion when ingested.