January 22, 2021
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Too cold to enjoy a good night’s sleep?
Have oxtail soup to warm the body and strengthen the tendons and bones
Besides having lamb to warm the body during winter, we can consider having oxtail. Ox is warm in nature; it can warm and nourish the blood and qi, strengthen the spleen and stomach, and strengthen the tendons and bones. It is suitable for individuals with a lack of qi and blood, anemia and those with a pale complexion.
In Western cuisine, oxtails are normally braised in red wine sauce or used in borscht soup. On the contrary, in Chinese cuisine, they can be stewed and also used to make soup. When preparing oxtail soup, add in ingredients such as pumpkin and astragalus root to replenish the qi. You can also add Codonopsis root, which can nourish the spleen and lungs, warm the body and at the same time replenish qi and blood.
Tip on the ingredients:
Astragalus root – warm in nature, can improve deficiencies, nourish qi, strengthen the heart, protect the liver and suppress sweating. Suitable for those with qi and blood deficiency, excessive sweating and prone to cold/flu.
Oxtail and pumpkin soup with Astragalus root and Codonopsis root
Effects: Replenishes qi and blood. Relieves aversion to cold, cold limbs, dizziness caused by deficiency of blood and qi.
Ingredients: 300g pumpkin, 1 carrot, 15g astragalus root, 20g codonopsis root, 15g Chinese yam, 2 pieces sliced ginger, 600g oxtail(around 1 catty)
1. Rinse all ingredients thoroughly. Blanch the oxtail. Seed and cut the pumpkin into pieces. Cut peeled carrot 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 hours. Add salt to taste.
*Skip the oxtail for vegetarians.
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