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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

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
Ligusticum wallichii (川芎)
Rehmannia glutinosa (地黄)

Contents of BaZhen = SiJunZi + Siwu.
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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April 1, 2013 at 4:22 am

How to increase breast milk production? 10 recipe of Asian soup that also benefits lactating mothers

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Category A

1. LiuWei 六味汤 + pork rib (排骨).

2. BaZhen 八珍汤 + pork rib / chicken bones*

3. SiShen 四神汤 + pork rib.

4. double-boiled chicken bones* / pork rib soup with wolfberries, red dates, xigui.

Category B

5. pork rib + overnight soaked peanut (add the soaked water to the soup) + carrots.

6. pork rib + beet root + carrots / corn.

7. pork rib / pre-boiled chicken bone (for 1 hour) + 2 potatoes + 1 carrot + 1 tomato.

8. meat ball + caixin (must finish per meal). To make meat ball, you can mix minced meat, tapioca flour, sesame oil, pepper, soy sauce.

9. pork rib / chicken bones* / pork tenderloin (腰部嫩肉) + red yeast rice (红曲米 / ang-kak)

10. fish bone + fish maw (must soak, squeeze out oil for 3x).

* use the bones of village chicken, not meaty chicken.

If you have no access to chicken bones, you can use pork rib / pork tenderloin.

Do not drink soups in Category A on consecutive days, because they may be too heaty, especially BaZhen soup.

The soups in the Category A are often consumed during confinement.
The soups in the Category B are also good for pregnancy.

The soups are easy to cook.
When mothers take good care of their health, they can give their best to their babies / children.

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March 16, 2013 at 8:47 pm

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A love for avocado spread

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bread (I used whole grain bread, rosemary bread, or white bread)

Additional ingredients (optional):
sesame seed.
ground black pepper.
smoked salmon.
bakwa / bacon (I heat them up by steaming so the food is warm).
cheese / haloumi.
egg (sunny side-up / sliced boiled).
tomato slices / cherry tomatoes.
onion (not good for gastric problem).
Nutella (a happy companion for avocado).

Mushroom omelet with avocado bread

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January 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

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Recipe: easy hot oatmeal

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1/2 cup of oatmeal
1 cup of low fat milk
1 teaspoon of honey / maple syrup

combine milk and oatmeal in saucepan.
optional: add sliced banana.
stir & bring to boil.

Add any of the following fresh fruit:
rock melon

Add any of the following top up:
toasted almonds
crunched nuts: peanuts, pistachio.

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January 15, 2013 at 9:44 am

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Recipe: Mushroom omelet with avocado bread

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4 mushrooms
2 eggs
1 sliced cheese
1 garlic clove
pepper (to taste)
1 tsp soy sauce
0.5 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp water
2 tsp butter (or olive oil)

Heat 1 tsp butter to cook garlic and mushroom for 4 min.
Add 1 tsp butter, lightly mixed eggs with sliced cheese.

Apply olive spread / mayonnaise on bread, heat the bread.
Apply avocado paste / slices to the bread.
Wrap washed sliced tomatoes / lettuce.

This recipe is safe for pregnancy, because the mayonnaise is heated.

Tips: do not put too much avocado.

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December 23, 2012 at 9:32 am

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Life is beautiful: early AM breakfast of banana pancake with strawberries and maple syrup

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I woke up so early in the 3rd weekend of October 2012.
On Saturday, I woke up at 6.30 am and could not return to sleep.
On Sunday, I woke up at 4.30 am and could not return to sleep.
It is reminiscent of jet lag that I used to have, but now instead of ending up stress and worrying for not having enough sleep, I just follow the rhythm of my body. Perhaps, I will have a nap, though I did not have a nap on Saturday.

I ended up reading and cooking.
On Sunday, I made a breakfast of banana pancake with fresh California strawberries and maple syrup.

Serves 2 | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes

Mix the following:
pancake flour
1 egg
1 cup of milk: I used banana milk to obtain the banana flavored
minimal butter

Eat with the following:
8 fresh strawberries from Santa Maria, California
Canadian maple syrup : real maple syrup not maple-flavored syrup

Serve with a cup of chocolate milk.
Dine accompanied with classical music radio.

Oh… life is so beautiful!
To me, this experience is worth much more than breakfast in a 5-star hotel.
I hate spending on things of high ratio of cost-to-value.
I love how I manage to enjoy the simple pleasure of life with low ratio of cost-to-value (i.e. high ratio of value-to-cost).

I made the pancake mixture with love (think of the farmers who bend every bend with love and hard work), cut the strawberries with the best hygiene I can afford to serve my child, and simply decorate my food for visual pleasure, besides enjoying the gastronomical pleasure.

I am so grateful for our open concept kitchen, where I can see our altar while mixing the pancake, and saying my morning prayer. My mind went to the couple who celebrated their 50th anniversary last night in the church. Their vows are almost the same as ours, except
1. different names of husband and wife
2. “to be my wife” vs “continue to be my wife”
Though we occasionally hear about such golden couples in the media, that was the first time I witnessed a real couple celebrating their 50th anniversary in the church.

I love the space in our home. I am grateful for all these, though I know that I must not attach myself to things. Enjoy them while they last, and be grateful! Better things will come if they have to go.

Strawberries are best enjoyed with companions.
Strawberries alone are sour.
With maple syrup (or chocolate milk dip, inspired from the sticks of chocolate coated strawberries), the sweetness will bring out the freshness of the strawberries.
I guess somethings in life are like strawberries, we need companions to enjoy and appreciate our lives.
I cannot help to smile remembering the joy of summer strawberries in England, fresh sweet strawberries that can thrive on their own.

Maple syrup reminds me on the beautiful red maple leaves in the autumn.
I spent a beautiful winter, spring, and summer in Canada,
hope that I can live in Canada over an autumn in the future, or an equivalent place with such a romantic autumn.
I will cherish every sunny autumn day,
and hide at home gazing out the window over rainy days, listening to the water pouring.

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October 21, 2012 at 2:46 am

Recipe: Kimchi fried rice (Bokumbap)

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My lover loves kimchi fried rice with a lot of garlic, he is simply Mad for Garlic.

In my 2nd trip to Korea, we enjoyed a BBQ meat with kimchi that is also BBQ-ed at Jonggak. Personally, I love hot kimchi than the cold kimchi.

In the 3rd weekend of September 2012, I cooked kimchi fried rice. The saying that “today’s leftover rice is tomorrow’s fried rice” is true and totally applies to many Asian restaurants, so it is better to have home cooked kimchi fried rice. To maintain freshness, I cook the rice the night before and put it in the refrigerator.

Serves 2 | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes

rice (I cooked it with dried silver fish, remember to break up the lumpy overnight rice with the back of the spoon)
egg (2)
garlic (3 small pieces)
minced pork meat (can use beef, bakwa, bacon)
pepper to taste
olive oil
sesame oil
soy sauce (1tbsp)

1. cook your sunny side up egg, garnish with sesame seed OR use spatula to break the eggs into small pieces. Put aside the egg.
2. hot wash and season minced pork with soy sauce, minced garlic, powdered pepper.
3. sautee the minced pork with olive oil.
4. when the meat is cooked, add kimchi (plus its liquid), minced garlic, cook for 5 min, turn off heat.
5. add rice, small pieces egg (if not sunny side up), mix all ingredients well.
6. add 1-2 tbsp sesame oil, re-heat.

1. You can also add spring onion leaves (cut into small pieces), I forgot to buy it.
2. I also have a recipe for kimchi hotpot.
3. A previous version of my home cooked kimchi fried rice. Honestly, I could not recall how I cooked it. Lesson: it is important to make notes.
4. I am craving for the Korean pancake that we had in Suwon.

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September 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

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