(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)

Introduction:

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.

Ingredients:

Prep:
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

Drink/Tea:
1 cup of boiling hot water

How do I prepare it

  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)

Any precautions?

  • The “heatiness” of this drink may be too much for some people (especially those with naturally “colder” bodies), so start slow with the ginger if you’re uncertain
  • The more ginger you add, the spicier this drink gets.  It is far subtler if you use just the ginger juice.

Chinese Pumpkin with Sweet Potato and Tomato Soup

Soup Name: Chinese pumpkin with sweet potato and tomato soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 三甘湯 (sān gān tāng)

Introduction:
The name is quite interesting because I learned about this soup from my vegetable vendor in the wet mart in Hong Kong.  The 3 (三 – sān) implies 3 keys vegetables ingredients, that being:  Chinese pumpkin, sweet potato and tomatos.  The base of this soup is rich in vitamins, extremely sweet and a neutral soup for the whole family to drink.  You can add other ingredients to this vegetable soup pending your creativity and physical needs.

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork shank (optional if you want a vegetarian soup)
1/2 fresh Chinese pumpkin
5 fresh tomatoes
3 fresh sweet potatoes
10 dried longans
2 fresh onions

2-3 L of water
1 teaspoon of oil (optional to pan-fry onions)
How do I prepare it?

  1. Boil your soup water
  2. Blanch pork in boiling water
  3. Cut up pumpkin, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and onions into large cubes
  4. In a shallow pan, quickly fry the onions (optional step, but it really enhances the flavour of the onions in the soup)
  5. When water boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for 30 minutes, reduce to simmer for another hour.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent soup for children (including the rich broth and hearty ingredients)
  • Soup is rich in Vitamin A, C, and beta-carotene
  • Ingredients are great for the eyes and aides in digestion

Any precautions?

  • None!  Enjoy!

Cooling Flower Tea (Chrysanthemums)

Soup Name: Cooling Flower Tea (Chrysanthemums)

Traditional Chinese Name: 金銀菊花降暑茶 (Jīnyín júhuā jiàng shǔ chá)

Introduction:
An extremely cooling drink that is ideal in the hot summer, for cooling the body, clearing heatiness and detoxifying the body.  It is usually served cold (with ice or cooled in the fridge) and with rock sugar (or syrup sugar).  This is a very common Chinese drink and can be purchased either pre-bottled or on the street.  You can also find these ingredients prepackaged for homemade usage.

What Ingredients are required?

6-7 pieces of dried Chinese licorice
50g of dried Japanese Honeysuckle
50g of dried chrysanthemum flower
rock sugar (to taste)
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Boil water
  2. Rinse ingredients in warm water briefly (except rock sugar)
  3. When water boils, add all ingredients together
  4. Boil for an hour on medium heat
  5. Strain ingredients from liquid
  6. Add rock sugar and let dissolve
  7. Cool in fridge or with ice (optional)
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent soup for relieving heatiness
  • Helps relieve symptoms of sunstroke and heatstroke
  • Excellent detoxifying drink for the body

Any precautions?

  • People with sensitive stomachs (otherwise known as cold stomachs) should avoid overly cooling herbs
  • Pregnant woman in their first trimester take caution as cooling ingredients can cause contractions
  • After consumption, you may notice frequent urination (this is normal) as your body is also detoxifying

Spica Prunellae Healing Drink

Soup Name: Spica Prunellae Healing Drink

Traditional Chinese Name: 夏枯草 (xià kūcǎo liáng chá)

Introduction:
An extremely cooling drink that is ideal in the hot summer, for cooling the body, clearing heatiness and helping conditions such as acne, eye infections, and cold sores.  It can be served cold or hot (although tastes much better cold in my opinion) and is very refreshing.  Although slightly bitter in taste, adding rock sugar to it makes it quite delicious.  It’s definitely an acquired taste to enjoy, but the Chinese love it and it’s pretty commonplace.  I usually keep a jug of this in my fridge!

What Ingredients are required?

40g of yellow beans
50g of dried spica prunellae
50g of dried chrysanthemum flower
rock sugar (to taste)
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Boil water
  2. Rinse ingredients in warm water (except rock sugar)
  3. When water boils, add all ingredients together
  4. Boil for an hour on medium heat
  5. Strain ingredients from liquid
  6. Add rock sugar and let dissolve
  7. Cool in fridge or with ice (optional)
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent soup for relieving heatiness
  • Helps relieve symptoms of sunstroke and heatstroke

Any precautions?

  • People with sensitive stomachs (otherwise known as cold stomachs) should avoid overly cooling herbs
  • Pregnant woman in their first trimester take caution as cooling soups can cause contractions

Mustard Greens with Salty Egg Soup

Soup Name: Mustard Greens with Salty Egg Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 芥菜鹹蛋湯 (jiècài xián dàn tāng)

Introduction:
A quick boil soup that is easy to make while stimulating the senses.  The salted egg really brings lots of flavor to this otherwise slightly bitter soup.  It’s distinct taste is refreshing and this soup is great in removing heatiness and cooling the body.

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork bones (optional)
1 pound of fresh mustard greens
2 slices of fresh ginger
2 salted duck eggs
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Wash mustard greens
  2. When your soup water boils, add in fresh ginger and mustard greens
  3. Crack salted egg into a bowl and release slowly into soup (keeping the egg yolk whole) – some people will remove the egg yolk and just use the egg whites
  4. Boil on high heat for 30 minutes
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent soup for relieving heatiness
  • Flavorful vegetarian soup (meatless)
  • A non-old-fire soup that can be made in approximately half an hour

Any precautions?

  • Mustard greens have a slightly bitter taste, so don’t overuse
  • Pregnant woman in their first trimester take caution as cooling soups can cause contractions
  • Salted duck eggs are super salty and high in cholesterol
Papaya and Snow Fungus Chinese Dessert

Papaya and Snow Fungus Chinese Dessert

Papaya and Snow Fungus Chinese Dessert

Soup Name:

Papaya and Snow Fungus Chinese Dessert (or sweet soup)

Traditional Chinese Name:

木瓜雪耳糖水 (mù gua xuě ěr táng shuǐ)

A traditional Chinese sweet soup (or sweet dessert) that is restores and cleans your body from impurities.  It is said to be great for balancing skin tone and is moisturizing for the body.  Extremely easy to make and is already naturally sweet from the Papayas.

What’s involved?

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 2 hours

Total time: 2 hours 30 mins

Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients

Cooking Instructions

  1. Soak snow fungus and dried apricot kernals overnight
  2. Start boiling your soup water
  3. Using scissors (or knife) cut enlarged snow fungus into edible sizes
  4. Wash and remove seeds from papaya.  Cut into edible cubes
  5. When water boils, add all ingredients together
  6. Boil on medium-high heat for at least 30 minutes (or until snow fungus is at desired softness)
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Watch how to prepare for snow fungus here on this video!  

 

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