July 3, 2020
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Hairy Gourd Soup to stimulate appetite
The hot weather tends to have people feeling agitated and decrease their appetite. Most people would eat ice cream and drink cold drinks to cool off. But in fact, frequent intake of cold food and drinks will damage the spleen and stomach functions, increase the dampness in the spleen, and further worsen the already poor appetite. Increased dampness would also make people feel more fatigued and reluctant to move. During these times, one can drink more nourishing soup to condition the body and recuperate. For example, cooking soup with seasonal gourds in the summer.
Hairy gourd is mild in nature and effective in reducing fluid retention, strengthening the spleen and stomach. It is a variant of winter melon, but not as cold in nature as the winter melon, even the people with a cold-natured or weak body can eat it. If taken together with scallops that help to nourish the ‘Yin’ energy, and condition the kidney, spleen and stomach; as well as dried mussels that strengthen the spleen and kidney, hairy gourd can help to stimulate appetite by regulating and conditioning the spleen, stomach and kidney function.
Tips for soup to strengthen the spleen and stimulate appetite:
Appropriately add in ingredients such as chayote, corn, Chinese yam, hyacinth bean, fox nuts
Hairy gourd soup with dried scallop and chicken feet
Effects: strengthens the spleen and stimulates appetite, relieves lack of appetite.
Ingredients: 2-3 hairy gourds, 4 dried scallops, 4 chicken feet, 25g dried mussel, 3 pieces of pork rib
1. Rinse all ingredients thoroughly. Peel hairy gourd and cut into pieces. Add chicken feet and pork rib to pot of cold water for blanching, cook until boiling and then turn to low heat for a few minutes.
2. Combine all ingredients with 2500ml of water in a pot and cook on high heat until boiling. Turn to low heat and simmer for 1 hour. Add salt to taste.
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