(Confinement) Black Bean, Rice and Ginger Water

(Confinement) Black Bean, Rice and Ginger Water

(Confinement) Black Bean, Rice and Ginger Water

Soup Name:

(Confinement) Black Bean, Rice and Ginger Water – sometimes called Teas

Traditional Chinese Name:

黑豆姜水 (Hēi dòu jiāng shuǐ)

This tea is very warming in nature and slightly sweet to taste.

 

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This is a traditional confinement drink that is said to help reduce “wind” in the body and “warm” it up to help with the healing process after giving birth. These are common ingredients found in various confinement soups, teas and recipes (especially ginger). Some people make a large batch of the black bean and ginger mixture and steep it like teas for drinking everyday throughout their confinement.

For more information on what confinement is and the Chinese ingredients associated with confinement, please see our Confinement Soups page.

Ginger is to drive away the wind from the body and heal and warm.  I prefer to use ginger juice, but some will also use ginger flesh and the skin.  This is a key ingredient to this tea.  You can add as little or as much ginger as you like depending on how spicy you’d like it.

Black beans help dispel water from the body, but also activates blood circulation and detoxification.  They are naturally sweet and when pan fried, are warmed and compliment the heaty tea needed for confinement.

Rice in Traditional Chinese Medicine is used to strengthen the qi and blood.  Interestingly enough, the word qi (in Traditional Chinese) is derived from the words air and rice.  Rice holds significant meaning in this regard and is used as one of the key recipes for this tea!

You can optionally add some rock sugar for taste.

 

 

What’s involved?

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 30 mins

Total time: 40 mins

Serves: 4 cups of tea

Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon of oil

  • 2 tablespoons of ginger juice, pulp optional

  • 1 cup of black beans, rinsed

  • 1 cup of white rice, rinsed

  • 1/2 cup of water, to cook rice

  • optional rock sugar
Cooking Instructions
  1. In a frying pan, heat up oil on medium heat.
  2. When oil is hot, add black beans, white rice and ginger juice and cook for 2 minutes, constantly stirring
  3. Add 1/2 cup of water and continue to stir and mixture until all the water evaporates.  Be sure to adjust the heat accordingly to prevent burning.
  4. Once mixture is dry and golden brown (see picture below) and cooked, set aside and cool.
  5. In a cup, scoop 1 tablespoon of mixture and add hot water to it.  Steep for 10 minutes and drink hot.
Any benefits?
  • Effective drink in removing “wind” from the body
  • Helps warm the body
  • Assists in helping those in confinement get lots of fluid into the body and to help flush the system
  • Also helps to improve water levels in the body (especially for those mothers who are breastfeeding)

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Fish Maw with Seabed Coconut and Pork Bones

Soup Name:

Fish Maw with Seabed Coconut and Pork Bones

Traditional Chinese Name:

海底椰花膠豬骨湯 (hai di ye huā jiāo zhū gǔ tāng)

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You will also need to prepare your tangerine peel.  This doesn’t take too much time, but you do need to soak it to soften.

 

 

 

What’s involved?

Prep time: +1 day (for fish maw) and 30 mins (for soup)

Cook time: 2 hours and 30 mins

Total time: 3 hours

Serves: 6 bowls

Ingredients

Cooking Instructions

  1. Marinate pork in salt overnight (to expel the fire in the pork)
  2. Soak your dried fish maw in warm water (for at least 4 hours)
  3. Boil your soup water
  4. In a separate pot, boil water to blanch your pork
  5. Wash dried lily bulb, tangerine peel and seabed coconut
  6. Cut up the fish maw into edible pieces (optional)
  7. When your soup water boils, add all the ingredients together
  8. Boil on high heat for 30 minutes, reduce to a medium boil for another 2 hours
  9. Serve and enjoy!

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Soup Name: Longan Meat in Turtle Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 龍眼水魚湯 (lóng yǎn shuǐ yú tāng)

Introduction:
A warm and healing soup, it’s often recommended for cold winter days and/or pregnancy and confinement.  The turtle meat is said to be a healing meat (similar to chicken) and can be made with a variety of Chinese herbs.

What Ingredients are required?

1 whole fresh soft shell turtle
15 dried longans
1 foot fresh Chinese yam
2 slices of ginger
5 dried red dates
1 fresh lily bulb (or dried)

How do I prepare it?

  1. Wash turtle meat and shell
  2. In a pan, fry meat and shell with ginger on high heat until cooked
  3. Boil your soup water
  4. Soak and wash dried longans, red dates and lily bulb
  5. Wash and chop Chinese yam (be sure to wear gloves as raw Chinese yam will make your hands itchy)
  6. When water boils, add all the ingredients together
  7. Boil on high for 30 minutes and then simmer on medium heat for another 3 hours.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Healing soup ideal for confinement and early pregnancy (or post surgical recovery)
  • Good for urinary infections and bladder
  • Helps with asthma and breathing complications (such as shortage of breath)
  • The shell is an excellent source of collagen

Any precautions?

  • Thoroughly clean and wash turtle, including shell
  • Soup might be too heaty for some people

Apple and Corn in Chicken Soup

Soup Name:  Apple and Corn in Chicken Soup

Traditional Chinese Name:蘋果玉米雞湯 (píng guǒ yù mǐ jī tāng)
 
Introduction:
This is a family favourite.  With apples and corn, the soup is sweet to taste and refreshing.  It’s a neutral soup that’s ideal for pregnancy, confinement (with adding dragon’s eyes, Chinese Yams and a slice of ginger) and for children.  It can serve as a meal and packed full of vitamins. 

What Ingredients are required?

1 fresh whole chicken
4-5 whole apples 
2 fresh corn
1 fresh whole lily bulb
1 dried tangerine peel
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Prepare chicken for soup
  2. Begin boiling your soup water
  3. Boil a separate pot to blanch chicken
  4. Peel and wash lily bulbs
  5. Wash and cut corn and apples
  6. Wash and scrape tangerine peel
  7. When water boils, add all the ingredients together
  8. Boil for at least 2 hour2
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Pregnancy, confinement and child friendly
  • Helps reduce and eliminate coughs and phlegm
  • Sweet and fresh to the taste
  • Excellent source of Vitamins and hearty to eat

Tomato Fish Soup with Tofu

Soup Name: Tomato Fish Soup with Tofu
 
Traditional Chinese Name: 番茄魚湯 (fān qié yú tāng)

Introduction:

Tomatoes are the ideal partner in fish soups.  It helps alleviatesome of the fishy scent as well as bring a sweet and slightly sour taste to the soup.  This soup is ideal for confinements and children (at least one year in age as tomatos are an ingredient that is on the acidic side) and is very neutral and healthy.  There is virtually no fat in the soup and the broth is rich in flavour and nutrients. 

 
What Ingredients are required?

4 medium-sized golden threadfin bream (or any other appropriate substitute)
3 tomatoes
2 large white onions
4 large cubes of soup tofu
2 L of water

1 teaspoon of salt (to marinate the fish)
3-4 thin slices of ginger
1 teaspoon of oil (to fry the fish)

How do I prepare it?

  1. After the fish is cleaned, wipe the fish with paper towels or a cloth to remove excess water
  2. Cover the fish with a small amount of salt (inside and out)
  3. Let it sit for an hour and then drain any water
  4. Peel and cut the tomatoes and onions
  5. Start boiling your soup water
  6. In a pan, add oil and fry the ginger with the fish on low-medium heat (until the fish is completely cooked and the skin is a slightly browned)
  7. Put the fish into a soup bag and add to water
  8. Add tomatoes and onions
  9. Boil on high for at least thirty minutes
  10. Add tofu cubes into soup ten minutes before consumption
  11. Serve and enjoy!

 Any benefits?

  • This neutral soup is ideal for confinements
  • It is also ideal for children (who are able to eat tomatoes)
  • It is highly nutritious, contains no fats and can be used as a soup base for noodles, macaroni and other dishes

Any precautions?

  • Be careful of disintegrated fish bones in the soup – although a filter or fish bag will help

Winter Chicken Soup

Soup Name:  Winter Chicken Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 清雞 (qīng jī tāng)

Introduction:

Very similar to Chicken Herbal Soup,  this soup contains some vegetables and fresh Chinese radish and is meant to be warming in the cold winter months.  It is excellent for nourishing the lungs and adding moisture to the body when it is particularly dry.  An excellent source of carbohydrates, you can add more vegetables as you see fit (mainly carrots, tomatos, celery, or neutral vegetables) to turn this into a hearty chicken broth.

What Ingredients are required?

1 fresh whole chicken
1 foot of fresh chinese yam
2 fresh corn
10 dried longans
5-6 dried scallops (conpoys)
1 handful of wolfberries
2 litres of water


How do I prepare it?
 

  1. Prepare chicken (in quarters) by rinsing and blanching in a pot of hot water
  2. Boil your soup water
  3. Wash and soak for 10 minutes all the dried herbs
  4. Wash & peel fresh Chinese Yam (be sure to wear gloves) and cube as large as necessary
  5. Wash and chop corn
  6. When your soup water is boiling, add all the ingredients together
  7. Boil on high heat for 30 minutes and reduce to low boil for another 2 hours.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

 Any benefits?

  • Excellent warming soup for cold days
  • Good to increase blood circulation and blood flow
  • It is considered to be of the “healing” categories of soup
  • If used for confinement, you can make the soup more concentrated (less water or more ingredients)

Any precautions?

  • Use less herbs for children