THE ART OF CHINESE CONFINEMENT

Confinement is a traditional practice of postpartum care given to mothers after the birth of a new baby.  Many cultures in Asia believe that during the month immediately following the birth of a child, the body is prone to certain ailments and must be given special care to ensure a full recovery.

Part of the recovery process is, of course, preparing special nutritious and delicious confinement soups (and foods) with specific ingredients to aid the healing process and prevent future health issues.   Specifically, “heaty” or “hot” foods are encouraged and also soups to prevent or reduce “wind” in the body.  You’ll find ginger as one of the star ingredients in confinement recipes.  It’s amazing how many things you can do with this root!  Check out our articles and soups around confinement to learn more.  We recommend you parallel these recipes with the consultation and guidance of your medical practitioner.

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CHINESE CONFINEMENT SOUPS

Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base)

Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base)

Soup Name:  Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base) Traditional Chinese Name:   清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)  This is the base Chinese Chicken Soup stock that I make for any of my Chinese soups. It's simple, straight-forward, and delicious on its own. It does take...

Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup

Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup

Soup Name:  Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup Traditional Chinese Name:   清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)  The Chinese have a whole repertoire of herbs which can be added to Chinese soups and is no exception.  Among these herbs, there are a variety of traditional herbs that go well...

Red Dates Longan Chinese Herbal Tea

Red Dates Longan Chinese Herbal Tea

The easiest of #teas to make at home to help promote blood flow, strengthen the #heart, and promote sleep. This #Chinese #herbal tea is best drank before bedtime, after #dinner. I simply used 6 dried #longans, 2 dried red #dates, and a handful of dried #wolfberries....

Pork and Conch Herbal Soup

Pork and Conch Herbal Soup

  This soup is ideal for colds, flus and cough. If you've got a sore or scratchy throat, achy body, tiredness and/or headache - this soup is for you!  From an Eastern perspective, the Chinese don't recommend drinking chicken soup when you're sick, which to me,...

Red Dates Tea

Red Dates Tea

Soup Name: Red Dates Tea Traditional Chinese Name:  红枣茶 (Hóng zǎo chá) Introduction: My herbalist suggested I drink a simple tea made of red dates during my period. It's super easy to make, as the dates are already sitting in the fridge and you just add hot water....

Chinese Confinement: The Final Days (Day 13-30)

This is the final leg of the journey for Chinese Confinement #7. If you've just started reading, you can find Chinese Confinement: The Early Days as pre-reading leading up into this post. This page is about Chinese Confinement in the final days. From here on forward,...

Herbal Pork Soup with Longans (and Ginger)

Herbal Pork Soup with Longans (and Ginger)

Soup Name:  Herbal Pork Soup with Longans (and Ginger) Traditional Chinese Name:   清豬骨湯 (qīng zhū gǔ tāng)  A mildly sweet soup containing mainly Chinese herbs and dried additives, it's an easy make and great for cold days or someone who needs to replenish their...

Chinese Yam with Apples and Corn in Chicken Broth

Chinese Yam with Apples and Corn in Chicken Broth

Soup Name: Chinese Yam with Apples and Corn in Chicken Broth (with Ginger) Traditional Chinese Name:  蘋果玉米淮山雞湯 (píng guǒ yù mǐ huái shān jī tāng) Introduction: A simple, clean chicken broth with just a hint of sweetness and a tang of spice (from the ginger). Depending...

Green Papaya, Fish & Dried Octopus Soup

Green Papaya, Fish & Dried Octopus Soup

Soup Name: Green Papaya, Fish & Dried Octopus Soup Traditional Chinese Name:  木瓜魚湯 (mù gua yú tāng) Introduction: A popular and very common soup for confinement, but not limited to this special group of ladies. For confinement, you must use GREEN papaya (ie: raw,...

Chinese Confinement: The Early Days

    The journey for Chinese Confinement #7 started about 4 days ago. This page is about Chinese Confinement in the early days. True "body-recovering" doesn't actually happen until past days 10-12. That's when you take out the heavy artillery. For now, the...

Wood Ear & Red Dates Tea

Wood Ear & Red Dates Tea

Soup Name: Wood Ear & Red Dates Tea Traditional Chinese Name:  木耳红枣茶 (mu er hóng zǎo chá) Introduction: This tea is posted as a post natal/confinement tea and is drank only within the first 0-5 days of confinement to help eliminate the lochia (not going to go into...

Chinese Confinement #7: The Beginning

It's a girl!  My parents were graced with grand child #7 two days ago and this story is the journey of confinement #7 for sister #2. We welcome baby Ashley to the family and because she was early, our personal "Pu Yuet" - who is grandma, is still stuck in Toronto...

Abalone in Chicken Soup

Abalone in Chicken Soup

Soup Name: Abalone in Chicken Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 鮑魚清雞湯 (bào yú qīng jī tāng) Introduction: This soup is a powered up version of the Chicken Herbal Soup. Packed with the natural sea-sweetness of the abalones and herbs, it's a great soup for the cold winter...

Simple Tomato Fish Soup

Soup Name: Simple Tomato Fish Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 番茄魚湯 (fān qié yú tāng) Introduction: Tomatoes are the ideal partner in fish soups.  It helps alleviate some of the fishy scent as well as bring a sweet and slightly sour taste to the soup.  This soup is...

My Confinement Story

You may have noticed that over the past few months we have been posting many pregnancy and confinement soup recipes to this site.  As this blog closely follows the soups we are making for ourselves and for our families, you've probably already guessed that we have had...

Pig’s Feet with Ginger in Black Vinegar

Pig’s Feet with Ginger in Black Vinegar

Soup Name: Pig’s Feet with Ginger in Black Vinegar, Ginger and Vinegar Trotter Soup, Pig’s Feet and Ginger Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 猪脚姜 (zhū jiǎo jiāng)  This is the ultimate traditional confinement food (or soup) in the Cantonese cuisine repertoire.   This...

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) Introduction: 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)...

(Confinement) Deer Antler Healing Soup

Soup Name: (Confinement) Deer Antler Healing Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 鹿茸高麗參雞湯 (Lù róng gāo lì cān Jī tāng) Introduction: A pretty traditional (although the ingredients aren't easy to find) Chinese confinement soup.  High quality Korean ginseng is not a cooling...

(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...

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) Introduction: Fish maw is usually associated with a chicken soup base, but it is just as ideal with pork.  This soup is not naturally that...

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...

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,...

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...

Winter Chicken Soup

Soup Name:  Winter Chicken Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 清雞湯 (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...

Chicken Herbal Soup

  Soup Name:  Chicken Herbal Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 清雞湯 (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...

Orange Vegetable Fish Soup

Soup Name:  Orange Vegetable Fish Soup   Traditional Chinese Name: 魚湯 (yú tāng) Introduction: This is one of my favourite soups.  It's really called the 5-orange ingredient fish soup because all you need are 5 ingredients (for which most of them are orange-coloured)-...

Herbal Pork Soup

Herbal Pork Soup

Soup Name:  Herbal Pork Soup Traditional Chinese Name:   清豬骨湯 (qīng zhū gǔ tāng) Although the name stipulates a clear pork bone broth, it is in fact, a herbal pork based soup.  It is clear and brothy and can serve as a good base for addition of vegetables to richen...

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...

Tomato Fish Soup

Soup Name: Tomato Fish Soup   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...

Papaya Fish Soup

Soup Name:  Papaya Fish Soup   Traditional Chinese Name:  木瓜魚湯 (mù gua yú tāng)   Introduction:   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...

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