Chinese confinement (post-natal) foods

HERBY OMELLETE (another Christina’s creation)

The following herbs are all fantastic fried in omellete. Kunyit, cekor, sweet basil (selasih), ‘heah’ (a kind of herb that sounds like ants in Hokkien), mint/daun pudina leaves.

Take a bunch of any one type of the above herbs. For kunyit and cekor leaves, cut into small pieces. For mint or sweet basil, no need to cut them up.Break two eggs, season with a little salt & pepper. Add the herbs and make an omellete.

Dried chillies with shark meat (another Christina’s speciality)

Regarding shark meat, I love it cooked “koong poh” – fried with dried chillies or fried with young ginger slices and spring onions (keong choong). Can marinade the fish and add to porridge like when you’re cooking with other fish fillet. The bones, I’ll boil it with ginger slices and goes with my rice. Normally, I’ll get baby shark and it is not easily available.

Ingredients (suggested by Lilian)

1 kati (500 gm) shark meat or chicken or vegetarian kidney/squid, cut into cubes

6 dried chillies, 2 onions quartered, ginger slices, – Heat oil and saute the ingredients

Add meat/shark/whatever, add sauce below

Sauce – 3 tablespoons thick soya sauce, 2 tblspn light soya sauce, 2 tbl sugar, 1 tbl oyster sauce (optional) mixed with 5 tbl water and 1 teaspoon cornflour.

You can find more recipes for Chinese confinement foods on this blog.

Post-natal food for the Asian moms

A few of our Malay and Indian members said that white radish/lobak putih is one of the vegetable their old folks recommend for an increase in milk quantity. Here is one Chinese confinement foods recipe for white radish soup. Shown in the picture is the radish, some red dates and dried cuttlefish. Here’s the complete recipe:1 white radish about 500 gm, half *cuttlefish cut into small pieces, 8 red dates, some chicken bones for stock, a few pips garlic, white pepper and salt to taste. 2 liter water. Simmer in slow cooker overnight or for about 3-4 hours.

*According to the Cantonese, dried octopus (pat chow yee) is supposed to increase milk.

GREEN PAPAYA SOUP (no pic ‘cos I am way past my confinement and can’t bring myself to cook this soup again.) – Credit goes to Christina of Ipoh for sharing this recipe.1/2 green papaya (ask from your neighbour or get the greenest you can find from the grocer), 300gm garoupa fish tail, garlic, black peppercorns crushed, ginger crushed. Slow boil all the ingredients till the soup looks milky.

*Green papaya has sap which is used as a meat tenderiser. It has something to do with the enzyme. I know dentist normally give papase to reduce swelling after extraction. The papaya that I used normally are rather ripe and orangey. Never tried a totally green sappy papaya, so I won’t dare to recommend to anyone.

SALTED FISH TOFU SOUP (This taste yummy and I can personally testify that it really increases milk.) Being from Penang, I can get hold of fresh mergui bones. Make sure that you get fresh looking salted fish bones.)3-4 pieces of salted fish bones, 2 pieces soft tofu (the white, square variety), some chicken bones, big piece of ginger crushed, several pips of garlic. 2 litre water. Pepper to taste. Cook the soup for about 1 hour. Taste good when left overnight.

Of salted fish, green papayas & others to increase breastmilk

A few of our Malay and Indian members said that white radish/lobak putih is one of the vegetable their old folks recommend for an increase in milk quantity. Here is one Chinese recipe for white radish soup. Shown in the picture is the radish, some red dates and dried cuttlefish. Here’s the complete recipe:1 white radish about 500 gm, half *cuttlefish cut into small pieces, 8 red dates, some chicken bones for stock, a few pips garlic, white pepper and salt to taste. 2 liter water. Simmer in slow cooker overnight or for about 3-4 hours.

*According to the Cantonese, dried octopus (pat chow yee) is supposed to increase milk.

GREEN PAPAYA SOUP (no pic ‘cos I am way past my confinement and can’t bring myself to cook this soup again.) – Credit goes to Christina of Ipoh for sharing this recipe.1/2 green papaya (ask from your neighbour or get the greenest you can find from the grocer), 300gm garoupa fish tail, garlic, black peppercorns crushed, ginger crushed. Slow boil all the ingredients till the soup looks milky.

*Green papaya has sap which is used as a meat tenderiser. It has something to do with the enzyme. I know dentist normally give papase to reduce swelling after extraction. The papaya that I used normally are rather ripe and orangey. Never tried a totally green sappy papaya, so I won’t dare to recommend to anyone.

SALTED FISH TOFU SOUP (This taste yummy and I can personally testify that it really increases milk.) Being from Penang, I can get hold of fresh mergui bones. Make sure that you get fresh looking salted fish bones.)3-4 pieces of salted fish bones, 2 pieces soft tofu (the white, square variety), some chicken bones, big piece of ginger crushed, several pips of garlic. 2 litre water. Pepper to taste. Cook the soup for about 1 hour. Taste good when left overnight.