Turtle with Lean Pork Soup

Turtle with Lean Pork Soup

Turtle with Lean Pork Soup

Soup Name:

Turtle and Lean Pork Soup

Traditional Chinese Name:

水魚瘦豬肉湯 (shuǐ yú shòu zhū ròu tāng)

This soup is very warming in nature and sweet to taste.

 

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A warm and healing soup, it’s often recommended for cold winter days or confinement.  The turtle meat is said to be a nourishing meat (similar to chicken) and should be avoided if you are sick.   From our experience, even when properly cleaned, soft-shelled turtle meat may have a taste of the “sea” and may require ginger to counter the taste.

See a lighter variation of this soup here: Longan Meat in Turtle Soup

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

This is the first time that I have bought and tried soft shell turtle (to my knowledge).  These types of turtles are actually bred for consumption and considered a prize delicacy in East Asia (ie: China).  They are also harvested in the US (with set limits) for breeding and consumption as well (especially common to have Turtle soup in New Orleans).  Ever since coming to Asia, I have developed an open mind to the types of food that is culturally different from my upbringing.  The turtle definitely falls into this category.  It is so commonplace that you can find soft shell turtles at your local wet marts.

To prepare soft-shell turtle, my vendor (and mom) told me to pan-fry them with ginger.  This will help eliminate any fishiness in flavours and create a fragrant base for your soup.

 

What’s involved?

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 3 hours

Total time: 3 hours 30 mins

Serves: 4 bowls

Ingredients
Cooking Instructions
  1. Pre-marinate the pork with salt and let sit for at least one hour (overnight is best).  I’ll quickly rinse under cool water before usage.
  2. Wash turtle meat and shell
  3. In a pan, fry meat and shell with ginger on high heat until cooked
  4. Blanch the pork in a separate pot of boiling water
  5. Boil your soup water
  6. Soak and wash dried longans, Chinese yams, and dates
  7. When the water boils, add all the ingredients together
  8. Boil on high for 30 minutes and then simmer on medium heat for another 3 hours.
  9. Serve and enjoy!
Any benefits?
  • A nourishing soup ideal for confinement
  • 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

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(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.

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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

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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With the added tangerine peel, this soup is ideal for getting rid of coughs.  Seabed coconuts are great for nourishing and healing the lungs as with tangerine peel. 

There is a bit of work required for this soup.

You’ll need to prepare the fish maw ahead of time.  You can find a full video on how to this on the YouTube channel.

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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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Longan Meat in Turtle Soup

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

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

Chicken Herbal Soup

 

Soup Name:  Chicken Herbal Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 清雞 (qīng jī tāng)

Introduction:
One of the most basic Chinese chicken soups available.  It is usually recommended by your Chinese herbalist, with minimalistic herbs and a whole chicken, it’s a wonderfully delicious soup for children and adults.  It is actually designed to be the base for confinement soups, but with more herbs and can be double-boiled for extra strength.  This soup is ideal for the cool autumn and winter months. 

What Ingredients are required?

1 fresh whole chicken
1-2 fresh large abalones (or dried)

5-6 dried scallops (conpoys)
10 dried longans
1 handful of wolfberries
5 sticks of dried Chinese yam

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. Wash and clean abalone
  3. Boil your soup water
  4. Wash and soak for 10 minutes all the dried herbs
  5. When your soup water is boiling, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high heat for 30 minutes and reduce to low boil for another 2 hours.
  7. 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?

  • As the whole chicken can be oily, be sure to remove all oil before serving
  • Minimize herbs when used for children (above sampling suggested)