Forgive me for the inconsistency of my photo quality recently. The time is approaching - it is just around the corner - trying to post as many things as I can. But it doesn't work so well for a clumsy pregnant woman.
After getting advices from elderly women and reading some articles about confinement food, I have come up with a few choices of nutritional soup for my first week's confinement. It is not recommended to consume meals cooked with alcohol (even wine) and sesame oil in the first week post-partum because it will lead to unfavorably high vaginal blood discharge (恶露). The meals for the first week should be balanced, neutral and nourishing.
Here I came up with 3 types of nutritional soup first. I will update more whenever I have chance. It has been really exhausting recently, so I am trying to catch some rest. I would appreciate if some of you could share some tips with me about your confinement experience too.
1. 1/2 free range chicken chunks (approx. 600g), 半只土鸡(切大块) - pre-washed with boiled water, 川烫备用 2. 4~5 pre-soaked mushrooms - cut to chunks 3. 1" of fresh ginger chunk (can use bigger chunk if you like it) 4. 4~5 pre-soaked black fungus 5. 1 fresh oyster mushroom (sliced) - optional, can omit if it is not available. 6. Some wolfberries 7. 1000~1200ml water. 8. Salt to taste
1. Boil the water, add in chicken and mushroom. 2. Bring boil again, simmer over low heat for approx. 40~60 minutes. 3. Add in black fungus, oyster mushroom slices, wolfberries. 4. Bring to boil again, simmer another 20 minutes. 5. Remove from heat, season with salt.
Soup# 2 : Black Bean Pork Rib Soup (黑豆排骨汤)
1. 400g Pork ribs (can substitute with pork knuckles chunks), pre-washed with boiled water, 川烫备用. 2. 2/3~1 cup black beans (wash and sauteed over medium heat (without oil/grease) until the bean's skin begin to crack), remove from heat and set aside. 3. 1" ginger chunk 4. 1200 ml water. 5. Salt to taste.
Steps : 1. Boil the water, add in ingredients # 1~3. 2. Bring to boil again, simmer over low heat for 80~90 minutes. 3. Salt to taste.
Soup# 3 : Chicken in Brown Sweet Rice Soup - 糯糙米汤炖土鸡 (recipe from Sister Lisa)
1. 1 cup (use rice cup) of brown sweet rice 2. 1400~1500 ml water. 3. 1/2 free range chicken chunks (approx. 600g) (1/2 只土鸡块), 川烫备用. 4. 6~8 Black dates/red dates 黑枣/红枣 (optional) 5. Salt to taste (can be omitted)
Steps : 1. Cook the sweet rice until it is the consistency of congee. 2. Separate the rice from the liquid. (I keep some rice) 3. Add in chicken chunks and dates 4. Bring to boil, simmer over low heat for 45~60 minutes.