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

AΒ  bowl of hearty, delicious Chinese herbal lamb soup


Hi there, dear friends πŸ˜€

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.Β  She said the stomach is producing wind and once the windΒ  problem is addressed by taking the Chinese medicines (the easier method) or soups, thenΒ  the stomach is to be warmed up by consuming a bowl of Chinese herbal lamb soup. πŸ’‘

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. πŸ’‘

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! πŸ˜€

Note – this soup can be prepared with a slow cooker/crockpotΒ  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. πŸ’‘

By putting in 2 Honey Dates, this soup is rendered not too heaty for consumption.Β  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! πŸ˜€

With best wishes for good health,

choesf πŸ˜€

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


24 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    These healthy soups are good sources of protein, fiber and folate. Herbal Medicine


  2. 2

    Nasifriet said,

    Hi choesf,

    Thanks so much for showing the different ingredients on the plate. I haven’t seen any traditional chinese medicine stores in Belgium, but I hope by showing the picture of the ingredients, I will be able to get the stuff at our local asian stores. Maybe one or two items will not be available.. I’ll let you know once I get round to making this soup πŸ™‚

    Thanks again!


    • 3

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear Nasifriet πŸ˜€

      Yesterday, I made this same herbal soup again but I used chicken instead – thought I wanted more vitality and nourishment for my family. Anyway, my children love this soup and I had better remind myself to make it more regularly for them. πŸ˜†

      Hope you can find most of the herbs. πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  3. 4

    cina_fong said,


    Just wanted to let you know that the tri leaf herb is call mitsuba = trefoil = honewort Notes: The Japanese use this to flavor soups and salads. πŸ™‚

    Regards, cina


    • 5

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear cina_fong πŸ˜€

      Thank you so much for letting me know the other names of the tri-leaf herb and how the Japanese take it. πŸ˜‰

      Just last week, I was watering this plant which has grown quite big when I thought is there is any way to incorporate it into soups and salads, other than boiling it with honey dates as a herbal drink.

      Here is more information for this herb :-

      Acanthopanax Trifoliatus L. Merr

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  4. 6

    cina_fong said,

    And now I am on the hunt for this tri-leaf herb which, thanks to you I know it’s available at the organic herb farm. I love herbs and most medicinal plants.



    • 7

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Good! I was told there are all sorts of herbs there at the farm. The website is still very new and actually not operational yet but it will be up soon. πŸ˜€

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  5. 8

    I do not eat lamb but this surely looks a bowl of delicious and hearty soup:D


    • 9

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there and welcome, dear Quay Po Cooks πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your kind comments. You have many good recipes at your blog, too. I especially love the Braised Carrots & Grapes recipe as a side dish for a Christmas Dinner, it will be a good change from the ones I usually prepare for my family. πŸ’‘

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  6. 10

    I love your site. You put up soup recipes that people could use to relieve certain health conditions.


    • 11

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear “healthy soup recipes” πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your comments. Yes, I have a few soup recipes here that will help certain health conditions. You have a wonderful site with good soup recipes for health. πŸ’‘

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  7. 12

    Yang Lian Gong said,

    Hi I’m interested for prayer 2 & 3 how do i go about it? Thanks


  8. 14

    Nyberg Lee said,

    Love this website! Easy to make and very yummy Lamb Soup indeed!! Plus healthy herbs included in the recipes just want I’m looking for. My tummy & health thank you. πŸ™‚


    • 15

      Hi there, dear Nyberg πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your compliments! Glad you like this recipe – indeed, it can be very warming to the stomach, especially on a cold, wintry or rainy day. πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  9. 16

    Nyberg Lee said,

    Hi, I was wondering if you know of a recipe that is good for someone who has ringing in left ear? I know you are not licensed medical practitioner. I’ve been to acupuncturest & try different herbal & they have help a little. I thought if I incorporate herbs in my daily food intake that would help my ear further? I’m not on any herbal supplements prescribed by my acupuncturest now. I live in the USA & there are 50 million people who has Tinnitius (Ringing in the ears). I don’t believe in western medicin because of possible side effects. Any suggestion would be most appreciative.


    • 17

      Hello there, dear Nyberg πŸ˜€

      I have asked my lady healer friend before as to why we get “ringing” sounds in our ears. She said it is due to our body being too “heaty” or yang and the “heat” has gone up to our head, hence the ringing sound in our ears.

      If the heatiness have gone to our eyes, then we would get itchy, gummy or blurry eyes. The remedy is to take cooling foods or herbs regularly, e.g., chrysanthemum teas (that’s very good for clearing eye heatiness as well as general body heatiness), watermelons, watercress soups, fresh cucumber slices with a tiny bit of salt, Korean kimchi, etc. Maybe you can try those out and see. The effect on the ears may not be immediately felt.

      Fried, roasted or baked foods are considered as heaty and so, while you are taking cooling foods, it is best to avoid the heaty ones, so that they don’t cancel each other’s effects off.

      Hope you get some relief soon!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  10. 18

    Nyberg Lee said,

    Thank you so much choesf! πŸ™‚ I will give the cooling food a try. I am aware of the heartiness food do to my hot flashes. And having hot flashes doe not help with my ear problem. 😦 The joy of aging. lol

    I’ll keep you posted as to my progress with the cooling foods.

    Thanks again. πŸ™‚



  11. 19

    Nyberg Lee said,

    Hello Choesf,

    I wanted to follow up with you about my herb soups I’ve make since I last posted.

    I can tell the difference in my body. I have more energy & feel better all around. I don’t feel cold like I use to in winter time. My hands & body are not aching like they where.

    I’ve made soup with your herb recipies with different meats. Yum yum! 😊

    I was wondering if you have any spring time recipes for allergies? Also it’s time for detoxing, what soup would be safe & good for that?

    Also I was looking for the page where you taked about not using some herbs at the same time with each other. Could you pls direct me to that page?

    Thank you & many blessings,



  12. 22

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  13. 23

    JY said,

    hi there
    where do you purchase lamb shanks in KL? have trouble finding it. Hope to get some yummy lamb…..



    • 24

      Hi there, dear JY πŸ˜€

      Yes, it is hard to find lamb shanks….I got mine from the wet market. I have seen some sold in the frozen section of the supermarkets. Try Jaya Grocer, Village Grocer, etc. πŸ’‘

      However, in place of lamb shanks, you can use other parts of the lamb as well. πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


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