June 6, 2019
Mild natured soup suitable for the whole family
According to four nature theory from Chinese medicine, food are categorized into cold, cool, warm, hot and mild. You can get a balanced body condition when you eat the right ingredients according to your cold-natured or hot-natured bodies. So how do you choose suitable ingredients to make soup with for the whole family? The most simple way is to choose the ingredients that are mild in nature. For example, if you want to make a soup that clears summer heat and dispels dampness in the summer, you can choose winter melon that is cold in nature, or hairy gourd that can promote diuresis and reduce bloating, strengthen the spleen and stomach. Hairy gourd is a different species fron winter melon, and it is not as cold as winter melon. It is mild in nature. Soups with hairy gourd are suitable for every body condition.
Vegetables and fruits that are mild in nature for soup: cabbage, hairy gourd, chayote, papaya, beetroot, carrot, corn, potato, lotus root, sweet potato, fungus, snow fungus/ yellow fungus, cordyceps flower, Chinese yam, lily bulb, lotus seed, fox nuts, monkey head mushroom, shitake mushroom, red bean, soy bean, hyacinth bean, purple haricot, rice beans, figs, apple
Meats that are mild in nature for soup: pork, black chicken, quail, pigeon
Palm fruit soup with hairy gourd and lily bulb
Effects: strengthens the spleen, dispels dampness and calms the mind
Ingredients: 3 hairy gourd, 2 fresh lily bulbs, 4 palm fruit, 80g fresh lotus seeds, 30g cooked coix seeds, 30g hyacinth bean, 1 dried citrus peel, 3 candied dates
1. Rinse all ingredients thoroughly. Peel open fresh lily bulbs. Peel hairy gourd and cut into pieces.
2. Combine all ingredients with 2000ml of water in a pot and cook on high heat until boiling. Turn to low heat and simmer for 2 hour. Add salt to taste.
Note: For pregnant women, coix seeds can be replaced with purple haricot.