Yummy, Soothing Soup To Remedy Insomnia, Restless or Lack of Sleep, Nightmares…& Body Heatiness

Tai Bak Choy Soup simmering in my Tanyu Claypot

My Large Bowl of Yummy, Hearty Tai Bak Choy Soup - Dried Oysters, White Tofu, Pork & Melt-in-the-mouth Bak Choy

Hi there, dear friends πŸ˜€

Wow, the weather in this part of the world is really hot and humid this year. Most people have their air-conditions on most of the time to deal with the heat.

This weather can cause our body to be heaty and we find it difficult to sleep well at night. Sometime, nightmares or really vivid dreams are experienced, resulting in us feeling more tired the morning after,Β  although we had slept sufficiently for many hours. My healer/massage lady friend said this is due to our “body’s internal heat” (she calls it internal fire) increasing too much and it is affecting our sleep. She taught me a cooling soup recipe which I have found to be very effective for this restless sleep and it is very delicious as well. Wink

Here is the recipe. I call it Tai Bak Choy soup (in Cantonese for literally “Big White Vegetable” – it is similar to Bok Choy). As I am typing this, I have a clay pot of it simmering on my stove for tonight’s dinner. I will take a picture of the soup and post it here shortly.

Tai Bak Choy soup for restless sleep with many dreams Laughing

Ingredients :-

1 kg Tai Bak Choy, washed and cut

100 gm Salted Fish Bones, washed and pan fried in oil (if not available, substitute with dried oysters)
0.5 kg Pork Ribs, washed
1 5-inch X 3-inch block of soft tofu, cut into large cubes
3 litres water


Put all ingredients into a soup pot and simmer for 4 hours. Or simmer longer in a slow cooker. Season to taste. Remember the salted fish is salty, so you may want to taste the soup first before adding salt to taste.

The salted fish bones are actually from large, whole salted ikan kurau and the meat has been fillet out to be sold, and the bones are left. If you can’t find the salted fish bones, you can use some salted fish meat or dried oysters instead.

Serve this soup with your normal meals like dinner. At one time, I even made this soup into a porridge for lunch – I boiled the soup without the rice for 3 1/2 hours and then only I add in the rice to make it into a porridge. Just as tasty! Very Happy

Hope this works for you as well in case you decide to try making this soup. My family usually sleep very well on those days when we have it. Right now, the soup’s mouth watering smells are wafting through my house…mmm, I can’t wait to have a large bowl of soup with lots of vegetables and tofu in an hour when it will be ready! Wink

Sweet Dreams! Laughing

With best wishes,

choesf πŸ˜€


11 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Asha said,

    I haven’t slept full night sleep since 3 days now too, very hot or cold even with AC on at nights. Great looking soup.


    • 2

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Asha πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your comments. I noticed after I had eaten lamb (lamb is a heaty food), I would feel very hot at night, even with the air-cond on at full blast. A sign that the level of heatiness in my body has gone up.

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  2. 3

    Louise said,

    Thank you so much for sharing this soup recipe choesf. I often prepare soup in the warm weather to cool down. We haven’t reached record heat, yet:)

    Thanks for sharing, stay cool:)


    • 4

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there, dear Louise πŸ˜€

      It’s good to see you! Hope you are having a wonderful warm (not hot) spring/summer! πŸ˜€

      One thing good about this heat we are having here, my laundry gets dry really fast in the sun and I am super “efficient” in doing my laundry! πŸ˜†

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  3. 5

    May said,

    Hi there,

    Thank you for sharing all your recipes and helpful information. Will this soup still work if leftover from the night before? As in reheated?

    Another thing is, I’m confused what sort of soups I can consume during menstruation. Have you got any posts or suggestions for this? I know about after, as in soups with Tang Kwai, right? But just not sure what the best soups are during…especially the first day when I feel so exhausted…


  4. 6

    May said,

    Another thing I wanted to ask you…do we fry the dried oyster just like with the salted fish?


    • 7

      Hi there, dear May πŸ˜€

      Don’t worry, it is normal to feel very tired on the first day of your menstruation. On that day, try to get more rest, sleep earlier and avoid strenuous exercises. During the menstruation, avoid cooling food/soups and cold/iced drinks, especially beer. However, a cold beer is recommended to be drank on the first day of menses for those whose menses are very scant/little to encourage more flow.

      This soup can be reheated the next day and consumed if it has been simmered for 4 hours the first time. It will still work and will not cause “wind.”

      During menstruation, you can consume soups that are not cooling and not herbal.

      The dried oysters need not be fried. Just rinse them quickly with water to clean.

      Hope that helps.. πŸ’‘

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf πŸ˜€


      • 8

        May said,

        Hi there and thanks for the info. I’ve read about all this through other online websites and they all say the same thing…but I just have no idea what kind of Chinese soups are cooling etc. Would you mind providing some examples of Malaysian Chinese soups that are ok to consume during menstruation? Thank you very much


      • 9

        Hi there, dear May πŸ˜€

        I forgot earlier to say that during our menstruation, we have to avoid cooling fruits such as watermelon, pineapple. Iced lemon or lime teas tend to increase menstrual pains and flow, too.

        Some examples of Malaysian Chinese soups you can take during menses are the popular Potato Soup (with potatoes, onions, carrot, tomatoes and pork bones), Corn and Carrot Soup, Black Bean Lotus Root Soup. Simple soups like Spinach Soup with Ikan Bilis or Cabbage Soup with Ikan Bilis are good, too and these soups are done in a few minutes.

        Cooling soups are Arrow Root (Fun Gourd in the Cantonese language), Old Cucumber, Wintermelon, Watercress Soups – but if you boil the soups for 4 hours over a small fire, then the cooling properties are much reduced in these soups.

        If you feel overly tired on the first day of your menses, it helps to drink a bottle of Brands Chicken Essence for energy that you require to carry out your stuff during the day. πŸ’‘

        With best wishes,

        choesf πŸ˜€


  5. 10

    […] for choe” or “fire-heatiness” in the heart and she told me to make some “Tai Bak Choy Soup” to drink. The other symptoms of this heart fire are restless sleep, sleep with a lot of […]


  6. 11

    bangalore catering services said,

    soup is especially good for ppl who are suffering from sinusitis or chronic cold..


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