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Recipe of Chinese soups: SiShen, LiuWei, BaZhen

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I first learned how to cook these Chinese soups from a Chinese lady of TeoChew dialect.

Sometimes, I wonder what the SiShen / 四神汤 / Four Divinity Soup, LiuWei / 六味汤 / Six Flavor Soup, BaZhen are.

Contents of SiShen:
Dioscorea opposita (淮山 / 山藥) : an exception to the rule that yams must be cooked before consumption.
Lotus seed (Nelumbo nucifera)(蓮子)
Fu Ling (茯苓) : a wood decay fungus.
Euryale ferox seeds () : a fox nut of water lily family.

SiShen is almost a subset of LiuWei.

Contents of LiuWei:
Dioscorea opposita (淮山/山藥)
Lilium lancifolium bulb (百合)
Polygonatum odoratum
(玉竹)

Lotus seed (Nelumbo nucifera)(蓮子)
Euryale ferox seeds ()
either Dimocarpus longan fruit (龍眼) or Ziziphus zizyphus / red date / jujube.
Longan can give internal heat / 上火 & relax.
Red dates can alleviate stress, for antifungal, antibacterial, antiulcer, anti-inflammatory, sedative, antispastic, antifertility/contraception, hypotensive and antinephritic, cardiotonic, antioxidant, immunostimulant, and wound healing.

Contents of SiJunZi / 四君子湯 / Four Noble Soup:
Panax ginseng (人參)
Atractylodes macrocephala (白朮)
Fu Ling (茯苓)
Glycyrrhiza uralensis (甘草)

Contents of Siwu / 四物湯 / Four Substance soup :
Angelica sinensis (当归)
Paeonia lactiflora
(芍药)
Ligusticum wallichii (川芎)
Rehmannia glutinosa (地黄)

Contents of BaZhen = SiJunZi + Siwu.
Tips:
1. LiuWei can clear heat.
2. BaZhen is heaty, good for confinement.
3. Stir the SiShen, LiuWei soups before drinking as the nutritious substances tend to sediment at the bottom.

Here is the picture of some of the ingredients:

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Written by blueroselady

April 1, 2013 at 4:22 am

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