Soup Name: (Confinement) Black Bean, Rice and Ginger Water – sometimes called Teas
Traditional Chinese Name: 黑豆姜水 (Hēi dòu jiāng shuǐ)
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.
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
In a frying pan, heat up oil on medium heat.
When oil is hot, add black beans, white rice and ginger juice and cook for 2 minutes, constantly stirring
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.
Once mixture is dry and golden brown (see picture below) and cooked, set aside and cool.
In a cup, scoop 1 tablespoon of mixture and add hot water to it. Steep for 10 minutes and drink hot.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Traditional Chinese Name: 夏枯草涼茶 (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!
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.
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.