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

A  bowl of hearty, delicious Chinese herbal lamb soup

 

Hi there, dear friends 😀

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

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. 💡


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

Carrots

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! 😀

Note – this soup can be prepared with a slow cooker/crockpot  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. 💡

By putting in 2 Honey Dates, this soup is rendered not too heaty for consumption.  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! 😀

With best wishes for good health,

choesf 😀

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


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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 💡

Good evening, dear friends 😀

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. 💡

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 our  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. 😉

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. 😉

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 😀

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Easy, Yummy Chinese Meat Patties – A Sure Favourite With Children & Adults Alike

Really Delicious Chinese Meat Patties

Good evening, dear friends 😀

Ah, it has been some time since I last posted my recipes here and I thought you may like this one – I call it “Chinese Meat Patties”.

They are really easy to make and so delicious, you have got to try it. The meat patties are juicy, light and very flavourful, especially when dipped in some bottled sweet chili sauce and eaten with hot white rice. They will be a sure hit with young children, especially those with finicky appetites! 😆

I always make a large batch of these and they are usually all finished in one sitting, with none leftover. 😉

The ingredients are all versatile and there is no need for fixed measurements of anything. Use my recipe below as a rough guideline, okay?

All you need are some minced meat (like pork or chicken), minced prawns, eggs, green onions, coriander leaves, dried mushrooms, carrots…..and you are all set to go.

Yummy Chinese Meat Patties (serves 6)

Ingredients :-

500 gm minced pork or chicken or both

250 gm minced prawns

1 medium onion, 1/2 small carrot, some green onions, some coriander leaves, 3 soaked mushrooms – all chopped finely

5 to 6 eggs, beaten

2 heaping tbsp corn starch

2 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp white pepper

2 tbsp soy sauce

Salt to taste

Some oil to panfry patties

Method :-

1) Put everything together in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. The mixture is supposed to berunny from the eggs…not dry and hold its shape like making hamburger patties.

2) Let stand for 1/2 hour (longer is better)

4) Heat up a non-stick pan at medium high fire with some oil to just coat the bottom

5) Drop in meat mixture with a small ladle or a Chinese soup spoon (the size of the patty is up to you)

Meat patties being panfried gently in some oil

6) When you notice that the edges of the patties are starting to turn whitish like in the picture above, it is time to flip them over gently.

7) Cook for another1 to 3 minutes until the patties are cooked through.

8 ) Tip – taste the first patty to see if there is enough salt…if too salty, add a little sugar to balance….if not salty enough, add salt or soy sauce

Voila! There you have it…yummy, really easy to cook, Chinese Meat Patties. See how your children or family members go at them … for children, dip the patties in some tomato ketchup. 😉

Bon Appetit! 😀

With best wishes,

choesf 😀

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My Hakka Char Yoke (Braised Pork With Wood’s Ears & Preserved Bean Curd)

Good afternoon, dear friends 😀

Heheh, I am a Hakka by birth but grew up not speaking the Hakka dialect at all…as my late mother spoke only Cantonese, and I ended up speaking like a Cantonese! 😆

Well, as the name of this dish goes, it is of Hakka origins and it is really easy to prepare. It tastes even better the next day and you can have this delicious dish with plain, hot rice or over some cooked egg noodles/kway teow/longevity noodles (that have some fragrant fried onion or shallot oil, a tablespoon of soy sauce, a tablespoon of thick soy sauce, and a good splash of sesame oil mixed into).

I usually make a double batch of this recipe – where half the fried pork can be served as a dish for dinner, and the other half is braised with the Wood’s Ears Fungus and Preserved Bean Curd (Nam Yue) to be eaten the next day for dinner.

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A bottle of Fermented Red Beancurd on the left

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Ingredients

1 Kg Pork Belly, divided into 2 portions (1 with skin on, the other without)

3 to 5 pieces of Wood’s Ear Fungus, soaked in water for 1 hour, cleaned and cut into 1-inch squares

2 tbsps oyster sauce

* optional – 1 tbsp dark soy sauce

2 cups water

cornstarch-water mixture for thickening the sauce

salt and sugar to taste

Marinade –

4 pieces fermented red beancurd cubes (Nam Yue)

Juice from pounding 8 shallots and 8 cloves of garlic

1 tbsp of white pepper

1 tbsp salt

6 tbsps of corn starch

* optional – juice from 3-inch knob of ginger

Enough oil for deepfrying pork

Method –

1) Divide the ingredients for marinating into 2 portions.

2) Wash pork and wipe dry. Put the pork with skin and without skin into separate bowls. Cut them into 1-inch cubes or bite sizes.

3) Add marinade and rub pork pieces thouroughly for a good 5 minutes. Set aside for 2 hours (keeping overnightin the fridge is even better).

4) Just prior to frying, rub the pork cubes to mix the marinade properly again.

4) In a wok heated with sufficient oil, deep fry in batches the pork cubes until they are golden brown and cooked through.Remove from oil. Set those without skin aside as they are to be served immediately and eaten just like that. Delicious and crispy.

5) For the other portion of fried pork with the skin, combine the pork with the Wood’s Ear Fungus, 2 cups water and the oyster sauce in a pot or casserole.

6) Bring the sauce to a boil, lower heat to small and simmer for about 40 minutes until the pork meat is soft enough. Be sure to stir in occasionally to prevent burning at the bottom.

7) Adjust the taste and colour of the sauce according. Thicken with the cornstarch solution.

8) Serve with hot cooked rice the next day.

Bon Appetit! 😀

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My Chinese New Year 2009 Preparations Part 2 – Planning The Family Reunion Dinner

Good evening, dear friends 😀

On the eve of the Chinese New Year (CNY) , it is a long standing tradition that a Family Reunion Dinner is held, usually at the home of the oldest members of the family. In China, younger folks usually leave their villages in the country side to work in the larger cities.

They would return to their hometown to celebrate the CNYor Spring Festival with their parents or grandparents. So, the older folks back home would prepare a huge lavish meal in joyous anticipation of seeing their children or grandchildren come back home and having a big meal as one big, happy family.

In those days in the Chinese culture, all the extended families would live under one roof….but in the modern times these days, the trend is nuclear families living separately of each other and the parents usually stay with the eldest son and his family. So, on CNY eve, people would go home to their parents’s house and reunite there for dinner – hence, the “Family Reunion Dinner”. 😀


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My Family Reunion Dinner last year in 2008

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The Chinese like to have auspicious or lucky sounding names for the food prepared for this joyous occasion. This is my Family Reunion Dinner Menu for this year (some traditional dishes are must haves and I chosen other dishes for a change from the usual fare). Heheh, I made up some of the names myself, and it is really up to you to have some fun and be creative about the names.

Family Reunion Dinner Menu 2009
1) Treasure Soup
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2) Nin Nin Yau Yue or Surplus of Good Things Every Year (Steamed White Pomfret Fish in Soy Sauce & Fragrant Oil)
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3) Beef Up For Prosperity (Beef Slices Stirfried with Lotus Root)
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4) Har Har Tai Siew or Big Laughter (Butter Prawns with Curry Leaves)
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5) Happy Family Gold Coins (Deep Fried Spring Rolls)
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6) Bountiful Harvest (Assorted Colouful Mix Vegetable Stirfry)
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7) Auspicious Yummy Parcels (Deepfried Paper Wrapped Chicken)
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8 ) Joyous Rainbow Noodles (Green Spinach Noodles stirfried with shredded pork, carrots, Shitake mushrooms, omellete)
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Below are some pictures of auspicous Chinese food with the links to the recipes –


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Homemade Traditional Spring Rolls or Chun Kuen or “Gold Coins”
RECIPE HERE

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Steamed White Pomfret in Soy Sauce or “Nin Nin Yau Yue” or “Every Year There Is Over Abundance”
RECIPE HERE

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Treasure Soup

RECIPE HERE

I will post the photos and recipes for this dinner menu next week. I would like to wish you a happy Family Reunion Diner with your loved ones this Sunday! 😀

With peace and joy,

choesf 😀


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How To Prepare Your Crispy Roast Pork/Siew Yoke For Roasting

Good evening, dear friends 😀

During the last Winter Solstice Festival (Tung Jit), I had made some Siew Yoke (Crispy Roast Pork). I took some photos to show you how easy it is to prepare your pork for roasting. I was taught this method by my pork lady butcher at the market.

How to prepare your Siew Yoke for roasting Method 2

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Step 1 – After your slab of pork belly is cleaned, scald the skin side in boiling water for 3 – 5 minutes. This is to make the skin slightly cooked so that it is easier to be pricked with a fork or sharp point of knife

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Step 2 – Drain off liquid in a colander and pat dry with paper kitchen towelspreparing-your-siew-yoke-002-small

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Step 3 – Prick all over with the tines of a fork

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Step 4 – Use a sharp knife to make shallow cuts about 1-cm apart

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Step 5 – Mix the following into a marinade (for 1 1/2 kg of pork belly) – 1 cube Nam Yee (fermented red beancurd), 2 tbsps 5-spice powder, 2 tbsps salt, 1 tbsp pounded garlic, 1 tbsp sugar. Rub this thoroughly into the meat side of the pork… preparing-your-siew-yoke-005-small

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Step 6 – Get ready 2 tbsps of white vinegar and 1 tbsp salt … preparing-your-siew-yoke-006-small*

Step 7 – Brush the vinegar onto the skin preparing-your-siew-yoke-007-small

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Then, keep the marinated pork belly uncovered in the refrigerator overnight, and bring it to room temperature before roasting.

For roasting instructions, please READ HERE. (Homemade Yummy Crispy Roast Pork/Siew Yoke Recipe)

Bon Appetit and enjoy your Siew Yoke! 😀

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Happy Winter Solstice Festival & Tung Jit 2008!

Happy Winter Solstice Festival to you, dear friends from all over the world! 😀

tong-yuens-2008-002-smallMy children made 2 odd Tong Yuen –  a giant ball in the left bowl, and a green “mushroom” in the right bowl! 😆


My family and I have had a great feast today with ample helpings of Tong Yuen or glutinous rice balls in sugar syrup – the symbol of this happy festival. I had cooked so much food that there was enough to serve 7 persons for lunch and dinner, with some leftovers for tomorrow, too! 😆

Preparations for our Winter Solstice Lunch began the day before with the rolling of Tong Yuen…as usual, my kids like to make odd-shaped rice balls and since it was all in the joyous spirit of this festival, I let them do what they wanted. Henced, you can see 2 abnormal Tong Yuen in the picture above! 🙄

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I bought the Tong Yuen dough from the market…there were many stalls selling this dough made from groundingpre-soaked glutinous rice into a wet paste and the liquid is removed by putting the “paste” into a muslin bag and hanging it up to dry.   Traditionally, there are only 2 colours, with the much larger portion being white. I had added in other colours for the fun of it. 😆

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A tray of multi coloured Tong Yuen freshly rolled out…to be kept in the fridge and cooked the next morning

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A pot of freshly cooked Tong Yuen in sugar syrup, flavoured with a few Pandan Leaves. Most people would use a few slices of ginger instead of Pandan Leaves, but my kids don’t like the ginger taste

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Because it was going to be a lunch feast instead of dinner, I prepared and marinated the meats the day before and put them in the fridge. As in all meals in celebration of Chinese Festivals, it is essential to have at least on the menu a Roast Pork or Siew Yoke dish, steamed “white cut” chicken, a noodle, a vegetable sitfry, and the popular Pig Stomach White Pepper Soup.  All the food cooked were then offered with prayers to our “ancestors” to celebrate with them the Tung Jut festival, say our thanks for a bountiful year (during ancient times in China, it was for a bountiful harvest instead), and have a reason to be merry on this longest night in the year!

Below are the dishes that I had cooked for my family…today (Monday), I am just going to sit back and relax and buy some takeouts for dinner because I am tired with 2 days of preparation and cooking of this feast. Moreover, I am taking a breather now as tomorrow I will be busy buying stuff to cook my family’s Christmas Eve Roast Turkey Dinner! 😆 

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Longevity Noodles – dried flat egg noodles cooked in boiling water for 5 minutes, drained and then stirfried with Chinese cabbage, Mustard Greens, julienned carrot, slices of Shitake mushrooms and pork slices. Oyster sauce and some chicken stock left from steaming the chicken are used to flavour this noodle.

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A platter of fresh, homemade yummy crispy Roast Pork Belly or Siew Yoke

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Instead of using a whole chicken, I used 3 whole legs instead to make “Steamed White Cut Salted Chicken”

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A colourful medley of assorted vegetables stirfried with some “Tau Kan” or wheat gluten – a “Chap Chye” or “Mixed Vegetables”, flavoured with oyster sauce

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Malaysian Chinese style of Chicken Potato Curry, very tasty when eaten with the noodles. I cooked this because it has been a tradition in my husband’s family to have Curry Chicken on all festive occasions. 😀

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A very delicious, peppery, spicy pork ribs and pig stomach soup…another popular dish or soup to be had during festivals.Only thing was this was the first time that I had cooked this – I will write about this famous soup in another post.

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Now, I am planning my Roast Turkey menu and will write about it in a few days time! 😉

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 😀

With peace and joy,

choesf 😀

 

 

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