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Yummy Chinese Herbal Lamb Soup To Warm Up The Stomach & For Nourishment

Aย  bowl of hearty, delicious Chinese herbal lamb soup


Hi there, dear friends ๐Ÿ˜€

A few weeks ago, some of my family members were suffering from different stomach ailments ranging from the occasional bouts of mild nausea to bloatedness and wind in the stomach.

I told my lady healer friend about the stomach ailments and she taught me some home remedies to counter those problems using soups and Chinese medicines.ย  She said the stomach is producing wind and once the windย  problem is addressed by taking the Chinese medicines (the easier method) or soups, thenย  the stomach is to be warmed up by consuming a bowl of Chinese herbal lamb soup. ๐Ÿ’ก

The Chinese herbs used here are those that we commonly use to make soups and can be found easily at Chinese Medial Halls (shops) here in Malaysia and Singapore. However, I am not sure if those living overseas will be able to get them from their local Chinatown stores, but I think it will be helpful if you can show them a picture of the herbs required. These herbs are not very expensive. Just say that you are making soup for how many persons and they will prepare the right amount of herbs for you. ๐Ÿ’ก

Ingredients (terms are in the Cantonese Chinese dialect) shown clockwise as per picture above (soup is for 6 persons) :-


2 Honey Dates, halved

Chinese Red Dates, seeds removed

Wai San & Fook Sun

Yook Jook

Dried Longan

Goji or Wolfberries

Pak Kei

Tong Sum

1 Kati or 600 gms of of lamb shank (can use lamb ribs or chops)

2 litres water or 10 rice bowls of water

Method :-

1) Bring water to a boil in a claypot or soup pot.

2) Put all ingredients into the pot.

3) Bring water back to a boil. Skim off any scum that comes to the surface. Do this for about 5 minutes.

4) Lower fire down to small and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

5) Season to taste with a little salt. Serve hot on its own or with dinner. Yummy! ๐Ÿ˜€

Note – this soup can be prepared with a slow cooker/crockpotย  and simmered for a longer period.

A bowl of hearty, delicious Chinese herbal lamb soup

Other than the purpose of warming up our stomachs, the ingredients in this soup aids in nourishing our health, improving vitality and stamina, is good for eyesight and promoting good sleep. ๐Ÿ’ก

By putting in 2 Honey Dates, this soup is rendered not too heaty for consumption.ย  On other occasions, we usually use chicken in place of lamb and it is good to have this yummy soup at least twice a month for health maintenance.

Other soups that I had posted previously in removing wind from the body and stomach :-

Mint Leaves & Egg Soup

Shallots & Old Chicken Soup

Bon Appetit! ๐Ÿ˜€

With best wishes for good health,

choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

P.S. I will post next on some Chinese medicine to be taken to address serious stomach problems


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Easy Yummy Shallots & Old Chicken Soup To Relieve Wind/Flatulence

A hearty bowl of delicious small onions/shallots and old chicken soup ๐Ÿ˜€

Hello there, dear friends ๐Ÿ˜€

Here is a super easy but really yummy soup to help remove wind from our body.

All you need is just :-

1 kilo of peeled shallots (small onions)

1 old chicken, skin and fat removed, chopped

3 litres water (2 litres water if your family is smaller or you want the soup more concentrated)

Method –

1) Bring water to a boil in a soup pot.

2) Put in all ingredients above and bring to a boil again. Skim off any scum that comes to the surface of the soup.

3) Simmer for 4 hours over a low fire.

4) Season with salt to taste.

I made this soup last week as a series of home remedies to tackle the wind problems that some of my family members have been experiencing, my self included. Before this, I had made Mint Leaves and Egg Soup, which unfortunately my husband and sons are not fans of. ๐Ÿ™„

Anyway, shallots are known to have effects than big onions in removing wind and this soup recipe has been passed down from many generations. Some people add in lemon grass and old ginger to give the soup more kick. I love ginger a lot but unfortunately, my healer lady friend said women around middle age and perimenopausal should not take ginger in any form for fear of triggering health problems arising from heatiness.

Shallots are used a lot in ย Asian cooking and a look in the Internet will yield many nutritional and health benefits of shallots. Some studies and researches have found shallots to contain in large quantities calcium, iron and protein and they are an excellent source of Vitamin C, folic acid, potassium and dietary fibre. They are believed to be good anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents, too. ๐Ÿ’ก

Old chicken is a requirement of this soup because it is believed to have properties to remove wind also. Old chickens are those hens that have stopped their eggs laying period.

Try to make this soup regularly for your family – even young children will enjoy it as the soup is so sweet. As old chickens have more fat content, be sure to skim off all the oil from the surface of the soup before serving it hot. Any leftover soup is ideal to make noodles or porridge. ๐Ÿ’ก

My next post will be on home remedies to remove wind in the stomach, with a recipe of a special herbal lamb soup to warm up the stomach. ๐Ÿ˜‰

With best wishes for good health,

choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

P.S. Any leftover soup can ย be kept in the refrigerator and consumed the next day. I checked with my healer lady friend about the belief that leftover soups can cause wind in our body – she said if a soup has been boiled for 4 hours, then that soup is safe for consumption the next day without causing wind to our body. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Easy, Yummy Mint Leaves & Egg Soup To Relieve Wind In Body & Incontinence From Bad Coughs

A bowl of yummy Mint Leaves & Egg Soup for health benefits ๐Ÿ’ก

Good evening, dear friends ๐Ÿ˜€

Here is a really simple but effective Chinese soup that my healer lady taught me as a traditional method remove “wind” from our body. It is easy to prepare and yet so tasty as well. I now have a pot of mint growing in my garden and sometimes I make a bowl of this soup to go with some hot cooked rice as a simple lunch meal. ๐Ÿ’ก

Sometimes, our stomach is not working effectively in digesting food, or we eat too much food that causes bloatedness like beans, cabbage and as a result there is a tight feeling or “wind” buildup in the stomach, all the way down our digestive tract. Even stress can lead to this problem when ourย  digestion gets affected.

Symptoms of this wind in our body are some funny sounds (not rumbling from hunger :roll:) coming from our digestive system, mild cramping in stomach, or when you knock lightly on your abdomen, there is a hollow sound like playing a drum. In children, the sign of them having a lot of wind in their body is when the whites of their eyes are bluish in colour.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), if left untreated, the “wind” can even spread to other parts of our body and cause other illnesses, like joint pains, headaches/migraines that won’t go away despite taking the right medication and even lethargy. Once this “wind” problem is removed, then a person would feel more energised and alert.

In my case, last year I kept having tension headaches and I thought I was feeling “heaty”, and despite taking a lot of “cooling” drinks/soups to balance my health, my headaches persisted. After having gone to consult this healer lady, she said that my headaches were due to “wind” in my body and she recommended that I make this easy Mint & Egg Soup to get rid of the wind. Wow, my headaches were gone the next day, when I made this soup to drink! This soup is good for maintaining the health of our body as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mint Leaves & Egg Soup (for 1 person)

Ingredients –

2 cups of fresh mint leaves

2 eggs, beaten lightly

2 cups water (you can add in chicken or ikan bilis stock if you like)

1 tbsp chopped garlic, or sliced ginger (your preference)

salt and pepper to taste

Method –

1) Heat up 1 tbsp of oil in a wok or non-stick pan. Fry garlic or ginger until golden and fragrant.

2) Put in the mint leaves, stirfry for 1 minute and then put in the beaten eggs. Stir lightly until it becomes an omellete.

3) Add in the water or stock and break up the omellete.

4) Bring to boil for 2 minutes or so, then season to taste.

5) Serve immediately. You can have have this soup on its own for lunch (that’s what I did), or have a bowl of hot, white rice to go with that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I will post next on other home remedies for stomach problems like indigestion, nausea, bloatedness, hunger despite just having a meal, etc.

With best wishes for good health,

choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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