Black Beans Herbal Soup

Soup Name: Black Beans Herbal Soup

What Ingredients are required?

1 whole chicken (black)
50 g black beans
15 g dried chinese yam
15 g dried wolfberries
15 g codonopsis pilosula root (dang shen)
15 g astragalus root
10 g dried longan
6 large dried dates
600 mL hot water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Prepare the chicken
  2. Thoroughly rinse all herbs in running water
  3. Pan fry the black beans without any oil
  4. Put all ingredients inside a double-boiler pot
  5. Add hot water
  6. Cover and boil for 2 to 3 hours
  7. Salt (optional) and enjoy

Any benefits?

  • Black bean herbal soup is a popular soup for confinement with several variations (including the addition of old ginger and sesame oil).
  • The black beans are highly nutritious and this particular soup is low in fat.
  • This soup can be combined with a bowl of simple white rice for a complete meal

Any precautions?

  • None that I can think of.   Simply eat everything in moderation.  Enjoy!

Papaya Fish Soup

Papaya Fish Soup

Soup Name:

Papaya Fish Soup

Traditional Chinese Name:

木瓜魚湯 (mù gua yú tāng)

This soup is neutral in nature and sweet to taste.

 

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This neutral soup is extremely rich in carotenes, antioxidants and vitamin C.  It is the soup to make for women who are going through confinement and is said to aid in production of milk for breastfeeding women.  The soup itself is very sweet and high nutritious.  It is also ideal for babies and children.

What’s involved?

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 1 hour

Total time: 1 hour 30 mins

Serves: 6 bowls

Ingredients
Cooking Instructions
  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 papaya into large edible cubes
  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 papaya and ginger
  9. Boil for at least an hour
Any benefits?
  • This soup is rich vitamin C, carotenes and antioxidants
  • It is said to aid in milk production for breastfeeding women (use green papayas in this case)

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