Double-boiled Dang Gui soup

dang gui soup

The other day when I went to see the TCM doctor regarding a slightly sprained elbow and an achy back, he told me that I have to be conscientious in taking care of myself, especially after each menstrual cycle as he says that my limbs feel a little cold to touch. He suggested that I should make myself a tonic soup after the menstrual cycle or buy Bak Foong pills to nourish my body… and so I decided that I’d just make myself the tonic soup. After all, I’m a fan of soups… so why not? πŸ™‚

The last time I drank a dang gui soup would have to be during confinement. That’s when I can take heaty stuff and not fall ill. It seems that it’s the same with a woman who’s just finished menstruating. Accordingly, this soup should be consumed on the day the period finishes. Unfortunately, I was too busy on that day and so I only made it the next day. I hope it won’t cause me to be over-heaty!

Benefits of consuming dang gui (Chinese Angelica Root):

  • nourish blood
  • improve blood circulation
  • alleviate menstrual cramps
  • improves regularity of menstrual cycle

dang gui soup

Anyway, the soup’s really tasty and I enjoyed every bit of it… Men however are generally advised against taking this soup as it’s usually too heaty for men. It’s possible for men to have the soup: just reduce the amount of dang gui to about 3 pieces.

Double-boiled Dang Gui soup
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 5 thin slices of dang gui
  • about 1 tablespoon wolfberries
  • 70g lean pork (η˜¦θ‚‰) - can be substituted with a hard-boiled egg or chicken meat
  • 3 big red dates (pitted)
  • 5 slivers yu zhu (Solomon's seal)
  • 500ml water
  • salt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Rinse the herbs.
  2. Blanch the pork.
  3. Add the pork, all the herbs (except wolfberries) and water into the double-boiler.
  4. Double-boil for 3-4 hours.
  5. Add wolfberries approximately 5min before serving.
  6. Add salt prior to serving (optional).
  7. Sieve the ingredients, leaving behind only the meat and wolfberries in the soup.
  8. Serve.

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2 Responses to Double-boiled Dang Gui soup

  1. Keng Yee says:

    Hi, is it possible that I boiled the soup without meat? Or is it possible to use anchovies?

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