Recovery Healing Soup (for Coughs and Nourishing Lungs)

Recovery Healing Soup (for Coughs and Nourishing Lungs)

Recovery Healing Soup (for Coughs and Nourishing Lungs)

Soup Name:

Recovery Healing Soup (for Coughs and Nourishing Lungs)

 

This tea is slightly cooling in nature and sweet to taste.

 

For more videos, visit us on YouTube.

Wow, there’s definitely something going around lately!  As the seasons change from fall to winter, what happens is different pathogens show up and we can’t always adapt as quickly.  

In partnership with SouperWell, a Toronto-based hand-crafted Chinese soup provider, I made the PERFECT soup this weekend for my sick family.

Seriously, my kids got sick two weeks ago, I got sick last week, and finally my husband was lucky enough to get it.  This also included my nephews and other family members all passing something around and then colleagues and hospitals concerned about filling capacity.

 

Try this recovery healing Chinese soup to help nourish, strengthen, and loosen the congestion on the chest and lungs to help with breathing.

This soup is slightly cooling, sweet to taste, and designed to remove dampness from the body.  It’s perfect for those with phlegm, runny everything (nose, throat), and sore throats.  

The soup packet itself has all the basic ingredients you’ll need to address this and I added some protein, neutral vegetables, and my all-time favourite lung power herb, the dried snow fungus.

 

What’s involved?

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 1 hour (on the stove top).  30 mins before going into the thermal pot and then 30 mins before serving to soften the snow fungus.

Thermal pot cook time:  3 hours (or an eternity later)

Total time: 4 hour 30 mins

Serves: 8 bowls

Ingredients

Dried contents (in the soup package):

Additional ingredients:

  • Fresh pork (anything), I used pork legs because of the marrow content
  • frozen conch
  • Neutral vegetables (I used 1 carrot and 1 corn)
  • 1 large piece of dried snow fungus
  • 3L of water

 

Cooking Instructions
  1. Soak the dried snow fungus in a large bowl of cool water to let it expand (so you can cut out the hard, unwanted middle) – you can watch this video here on how to prepare it
  2. Soak the dried conch and dried mushrooms in another separate bowl of cool water to allow them to expand and soften as well
  3. Boil 2 pots of water, your soup water and a separate blanching pot for the pork and frozen conch
  4. While your soup water is still cold, add in the dried fig and dried snow pears.  This will ensure they don’t cook right away and allow the flavours to seep out as it warms. 
  5. When your blanching water boils, add in the fresh pork bones and frozen conch
  6. Boil this for 10 minutes or until the water boils again and you can see a layer of brown foam
  7. Remove the pork bones and conch into a separate bowl, rinse under warm water to remove any excess foam and debris.  I’ll also scrub the conch to make sure it’s super clean as I usually serve this as a side dish
  8. You can prepare your vegetables now, ensuring they are cut into bite-sized pieces
  9. When your soup water boils, add all the ingredients into the pot (except the snow fungus)
  10. Cover and boil on high heat for 30 minutes
  11. You can then transfer your soup pot to it’s thermal holder (or continue to boil on low heat for another 2-3 hours)
  12. 30 minutes before you serve, put the pot back on the burner on medium heat and add in the prepared snow fungus
  13. Serve and enjoy!
  14. You can remove the mushrooms and the conch from the soup, slice into small pieces, and serve as a side dish with soy sauce.  So yummy!
Any benefits?
  • This soup is perfect for nourishing and tonifying the lungs
  • It helps with cough, especially a wet cough where there is phlegm, congestion in the chest, and difficulty breathing
  • It’s a cooling and sweet soup that is perfect for the whole family
  • Start with this amazing soup herbal base and add either chicken or pork, or keep it vegetarian with more neutral (or slightly cooling) vegetables such as corn, carrots, chayotes, or fresh Chinese yam.

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Monk Fruit and Chrysanthemum Flower Herbal Tea (for dry coughs and yin deficiency)

Monk Fruit and Chrysanthemum Flower Herbal Tea (for dry coughs and yin deficiency)

Monk Fruit and Chrysanthemum Flower Herbal Tea (for dry coughs and yin deficiency)

Soup Name:

Monk Fruit and Chrysanthemum Flower Herbal Tea (for dry coughs and yin deficiency)

Traditional Chinese Name:

羅漢果菊花茶 (luó hàn guǒ jú huā chá)

This tea is slightly cooling in nature and sweet to taste.

 

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Lung yin deficiency shows up as dry and fire in the lungs, which is sometimes mistaken for excess yang.  It can feel ticklish in the throat and just not comfortable to speak.

This sweet tea will help cool and moisten the lungs and throat, calm the dry cough, and restore balance between yin and yang in the body.  Keeping monk fruit and dried chrysanthemum flowers in my pantry are great because I can quickly throw together a tea

What’s involved?

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 1 hour

Total time: 1 hour 5 mins

Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients

 

Cooking Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients into a ceramic or glass pot
  2. Pour in 4 cups of cold water
  3. Set to high for 10 minutes (or until it begins to boil)
  4. Cover and reduce heat to a low boil
  5. Boil for an hour
  6. When you’re ready to serve, you can drop in the rock sugar and mix until dissolved or add honey after you’ve served (as not to breakdown the honey in the boiling water)
  7. Strain and serve.  Drink hot!  Enjoy!
Any benefits?
  • This soup is perfect for nourishing and tonifying the lungs
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  • It’s a cooling tea and helps cool and lubricate the lungs

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The monk fruit!  This is the slightly less dry version.  You’ll notice it’s more green and less brown.  This one is a little more expensive, coming in at $2 CAD per monk fruit.  You’ll also notice a thin layer of sugared coating, so it is a bit sticky to touch, but that’s just the sugars of the fruit on the skin.  The great thing about the greener version is that it isn’t as pungent or sweet, so you can use half in a soup to give is just enough of that flavour.  If it’s the heavily dried version, I will only use a quarter in 3L of soup water.  This is also great in teas!!  

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Traditional Chinese Herbal Soup (as a Hot Pot Base)

Traditional Chinese Herbal Soup (as a Hot Pot Base)

Traditional Chinese Herbal Soup (as a Hot Pot Base)

Soup Name:

Traditional Chinese Herbal Soup

Traditional Chinese Name:

藥膳雞煲 (yàoshàn jī bāo)

This soup is warming in nature and sweet to taste.

 

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This soup has a very distinctive smell and taste of a Chinese medicinal shop.  It’s definitely a love or hate initially, but can be acquired.  The key ingredient is the “dong quai” or “angelica root” that creates that fragrant (debatable?) scent.  I’ve learned to love it after so many years of being in Hong Kong and once you taste the soup, wow!

This soup is the ultimate warming winter hot pot delight.  You literally feel yourself getting hot and sweaty after one bowl.  It’s literally a powerful tonic that replenishes blood and Qi, improves circulation, and detoxifies the body.

 

What’s involved?

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 2 hours 40 mins

Total time: 3 hours 10 mins

Serves: 6 bowls

Ingredients

Soup base:

Hot pot ingredients:

 

  • fresh napa cabbage
  • assorted mushrooms
  • fresh hard tofu

This powerhouse healing ingredient is the key ingredient to your Chinese herbal soup!  The dong quai is warm, slightly sweet and slightly bitter, and a common herb used to promote warmth, replenish blood, and replenish yang.  This is why it’s such a common ingredient used in post partum and confinement recipes.  It’s also commonly used in healing tonics.  

I will only use this ingredient for this type of herbal soup as it’s got a very distinct pungent scent and taste.  When combined with sweeter ingredients such as red dates and goji berries, it’s really quite delicious!

 

Cooking Instructions
  1. Add your dried herbal base directly into a pot and add in 3L of cold water
  2. Cover and boil on high heat for 30 minutes.
  3. Cut your chicken thighs into bite-sized pieces
  4. In a shallow pan, put them skin side down to render the fat out of the chicken and crisp up the skin (no oil needed!)
  5. Add salt and garlic to flavour as needed
  6. Once the soup is boiled for 30 minutes, you can move your crispy chicken to the soup.  I will usually rinse in warm water first to get rid of the extra oil, bone bits, and debris
  7. Cover and boil on medium for 2 hours (checking that it doesn’t boil over)
  8. At this point your soup is done!  You can drink as is or prepare to add your hot pot ingredients
  9. Prepare your hot pot ingredients an add to your soup
  10. Boil on high for 10 minutes
  11. Serve and enjoy!
  12. Drink your soup first with some of the ingredients added.  I won’t even begin the hot pot yet and just enjoy a soup as is!

Chef tips!

  • For your protein, use chicken (or pork).  This compliments the herbal base very well versus pork or red meats.
  • For your hotpot ingredients, use less intense flavor ingredients and ones that will absorb more the flavours of the soup such as leafy light coloured vegetables like napa cabbage or regular cabbage versus choy sum or gailan.  Tofu is a great additive as well and fresh mushrooms work well.
  • You can add udon or vermicelli as part of your meal
  • If you’re going to cook other meats or seafood, save that for the end as it will change the flavour of the herbal soup 

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Japanese Yam and Monk Fruit in Pork Broth Chinese Soup

Japanese Yam and Monk Fruit in Pork Broth Chinese Soup

Soup Name:

Japanese Yam and Monk Fruit in Pork Broth Chinese Soup

Traditional Chinese Name:

淮山羅漢果豬骨湯 (huái shān luó hàn guǒ zhū gǔ tāng)

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The highlight of this soup is the dried monk fruit!  It’s a super common dried fruit that can be found in Hong Kong at wet marts and supermarkets and is primarily known to help coughs and nourish the lungs.  It comes as a dried brown (or dark green) round ball with a hard outer shell.  Combined with the Japanese Yam, this soup is amazing for the lungs and supports yin deficiency.

The soup is slightly sweet to taste (depending on how much monk fruit you add).  I tend to only put half of the green (less strong) type and a quarter of the dark brown monk fruit. 

What’s involved?
Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 2 hours

Total time: 2 hours 30 mins

Serves: 8 bowls

Ingredients

 

Cooking Instructions
  1. The first thing I’ll do is soak the pork in cold water for about 10 minutes.  This is a great way to first clear some of the bone bits and fat from it.  Rinse it in cold water a few times and you’ll see it run murky!  Truly amazing.
  2. Boil your blanching water and your soup water at the same time
  3. As that boils, prepare your corn by cutting into 3 or 4 pieces, peel the yam (with gloves if you’d like as it’s pretty slimy) and cut into 1-inch pieces
  4. Break open the monk fruit.  I’ll only use half and put the other half for another soup or tea.  They can be stored for years in dry conditions.
  5. When your blanching water boils, add in the pork and boil on high for 5 minutes
  6. When your soup water boils, transfer the pork and add in all the ingredients together
  7. Boil on high for 30 minutes
  8. And reduce boil to low-medium for another 2 hours (or use a thermal pot)
  9. Serve and enjoy!
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  • The pork is amazing to eat as part of the meal (especially if you boil for much longer as it falls off the bone), serve with soy sauce!
  • Gentle enough for the whole family
  • The longer you boil it, the more milky it becomes because of the Yam and is a combination of savory and slightly sweet at the same time
  • Perfect for both soups and teas

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Heat Clearing Sugarcane and Water Chestnuts and Imperatae Root Herbal Tea

Heat Clearing Sugarcane and Water Chestnuts and Imperatae Root Herbal Tea

Soup Name:

Heat clearing sugarcane and water chestnuts and imperatae root herbal tea

Traditional Chinese Name:

竹蔗茅根馬蹄湯 (zhú zhè máogēn mǎtí tāng)

 

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A traditional Chinese drink which helps cool the body, reduce heatiness, and clear phlegm and unwanted body fluids. It’s natural sweetness is perfect for hot summer days and this can be drank cold or hot. It is commonly found as a drink in most herbal dessert shops and is even bottled commercially.

The key to this heat clearing tea is the water chestnuts.  I don’t use them often as this version also uses corn, carrots, or corn silk, but I’ve kept it simple for heat clearing only.  The water chestnuts are a very cooling ingredient and combined with the imperatae (or mao gen) root, is extra potent to clear excess yang.  

What’s involved?

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 40 mins

Serves: 6 bowls

Ingredients

 

Cooking Instructions

  1. Prepare your sugar cane by chopping into smaller 2-inch length pieces
  2. Rinse, peel and rinse the water chestnuts.  You can cut into bite-sized edible pieces if you also like eating them.  
  3. Add to cold water into your soup pot
  4. Boil on medium heat covered for 30 minutes
  5. 5 minutes before serving, drop in your rock sugar.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • This is a great tea for BBQ’ing or hotpot as it’s cooling and removes heat from the body, especially the stomach
  • It can served as a tea or soup
  • It is vegetarian, so perfect for any soup or tea drinker
  • This can be drank cold or hot (you’ll often find this as a heated drink served in the streets of Hong Kong)
  • You can make a big pot and store in the fridge for one week.  Just be sure to let it sit to room temperature or heat up before consumption
  • You can have a few variations of this soup or tea depending on ingredients at home (such as adding sugared dried winter melon, water chestnuts, or simply using sugar cane and imperatae)

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Fresh water chestnuts are crispy, firm, and high in water content.  They don’t have the best storage life, so keep them in the fridge as much as you can.  As the water chestnuts “age”, they’ll breakdown and become starchy, have a crumbly texture, and lose it’s moisture content.  Which in turn, makes your soup or tea cloudy, which is still OK, as long as the water chestnuts still hold some of their firmness. 

For other variations of this tea:

Sugar Cane and Imperatae Drink

 

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