November 5, 2019
Winter nourishing dishes
The weather is getting colder and it might make you crave for winter yummy dishes such as stir fry glutinous rice, clay pot rice, lamb brisket pot, sesame oil chicken soup, herbal drunken chicken hot pot, pig stomach with pepper soup. You cannot help yourself but eat these. These winter dishes have something in common, they are all replenishing. People say eating too much can hurt the stomach, as the main ingredient of these foods are warm natured meats, are cooked with warm and hot natured ingredients and seasoning such as sesame oil, wine, pepper, and cooked by hot pot or baking with fire. Eating too much can lead to fire in the body. These foods are fatty to make you feel full and supply energy in the cold weather. If you eat a little, it can help the body to keep warm, but it is easy to get too stuffed if you eat too much. Besides gaining fat , you may become prone to heat-related and damp heat symptoms.
Stir fry glutinous rice
Glutinous rice is warm in nature, can replenish vital energy and nourish qi. Note that glutinous rice is more sticky and heavier, which makes it more difficult to digest and can cause stagnated dampness. Those with abdominal discomfort should not have too much. The oil of Chinese sausage and processed meat fried with glutinous rice make the dish delicious. Coupled with peanuts, the dish is extra oily and lead to fire in the body.
It is great to have a hot clay pot rice in the cold weather on the street. It has rich ingredients and deliciously cooked rice. The added soy sauce makes the crunchy rice at the bottom of the pot. The ingredient of the claypot rice is mostly meat, such as minced beef with raw egg, chicken with Shitake mushroom and Chinese sausage, which are rather oily. The soy sauce enriches the taste, which make the dish oily and fatty. Eating too much crunchy rice at the bottom of the pot can easily lead to fire in body.
Lamb brisket pot
Many people think of lamb brisket pot in the beginning of winter. Lamb is a kind of replenishing meat, can dispel cold and improve deficiencies. So it is said that eating lamb can nourish the body for those with asthenic and weak body condition. It is especially suitable for those with aversion to cold. Lamb is cooked with Shitake mushroom, bamboo shoot and bean curd sheet, so it is suggested that to eat other ingredients as well and just the lamb. Moreover, bamboo shoot can clear heat, so it makes the lamb brisket pot nourishing and not dry.
Sesame oil chicken soup
This replenishing soup comes from Taiwan, cooked with a large amount of black sesame oil, ginger and chicken. These three ingredients are also warm and hot in nature. The main effect is to dispel cold and keep warm. Therefore, many people will have this soup during the confinement month to nourish the body. It is not suitable for those with heat-related and damp-heat body condition.
Herbal drunken chicken hot pot
It is well known that chicken soup has a replenishing effect. Herbal chicken is often added with a variety of replenishing herbs such as red dates, astragalus root, codonopsis root, wolfberries, Ligustici Chuanxiong, then add in rice wine (yellow wine) or Hua Diao Wine. Those ingredients are replenishing and wine is warm in nature. It can easily lead to stagnated dampness. Those with damp-heat should not eat too much.
Pig stomach with pepper soup
It is a must-eat dish in Chaozhou cuisine. The pepper soup is slightly spicy. It is deliciously salty with pig stomach and salted vegetables. You will feel warm after drinking the soup. Pepper is hot in nature, can dispel stomach cold and relieve diarrhea due to asthenic body and cold. Those with heat in the body and yin deficiency with excessive fire should not eat too much.
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