Ingredients

Our daily meals, tonics and drinks will include these traditional Chinese ingredients. The Chinese believe that these various combination of selected ingredients help in the different stages of postnatal recuperation.

Black Dates - Key Confinement Food Ingredients
Black Jujube Date (黑枣/黑棗)

A dried fruit from a small shrub-like tree, black dates is believed to help regulate the appetite, restore energy levels, replenish blood levels and aids blood circulation.

Dong Guai - Key Confinement Food Ingredients
Chinese Angelica/Dong Quai (当归/當歸)

Traditionally used to relieve postnatal symptoms, this is a mild warming herb that nourishes the blood and promotes blood circulation.

Chinese Yam - Key Confinement Food Ingredients
Chinese Yam (山药/山藥)

A key ingredient in soup tonics, chinese yam helps to nourish the lungs and kidneys, gently stimulates and strengthens both the spleen and the stomach.

Codonopsis (Dang Shen) - Key Confinement Food Ingredients
Codonopsis/Dang Shen (党参/黨參)

It has a distinctively fragrance and slightly sweet in flavor and common used in soup tonics. Dang shen helps to strengthen and stimulate the spleen and lungs as well as improve blood circulation, cleanse and rejuvenate the body.

Dried Longan - Key Confinement Food Ingredients
Dried Longan (龙眼/龍眼)

This fruit is favoured traditionally as an essential for nourishing blood. Longan has a high amount of iron, and is believed to also enhances the energy and improves insomnia, memory function and stress levels.

Gingko Nut - Key Confinement Food Ingredients
Gingko Nut (白果)

Gingko nut is a popular supplement as it is believed to have anti-ageing properties and aids in improving skin complexion. As it has a warming effect, it can be used to increase blood circulation. They have a slightly sweet yet bitter taste, and is used in many recipes.

Goji Berries - Key Confinement Food Ingredients
Goji Berries (枸杞子)

Known as an antioxidant and superfood, these berries have been used for centuries as a common ingredient in soup tonics and meals. It is believed to improve overall health and energy levels, support gastrointestinal and bowel health and improve cardiovascular health.

Lily Flower - Key Confinement Food Ingredients
Lily Flower (黃花菜/金針菜)

One of the more notable edible flowers in Chinese cuisine, it has a slightly fruity taste and chewy texture. It is believed to firm the skin and delays the onset of wrinkles. It is also good for calming the nerves!

Lotus Seed - Key Confinement Food Ingredients
Lotus Seed (黃花菜)

These are harvested from the lotus plants, and is believed to nourish the spleen, kidneys and heart. It has astringent properties and aids in recovery, and also helps to improve digestion.

Red Dates - Key Confinement Food Ingredients
Red Jujube Date (紅枣/紅棗)

Traditionally used as a herbal supplement as well as a food ingredient, these are believed to balance the energy and replenish the blood by strengthening the spleen and stomach energy.

Root Ginger - Key Confinement Food Ingredient
Root Ginger (姜/薑)

One of the most important spices in postnatal meals, ginger has warming properties and is believed to dispel excess “wind”. Consumption during breastfeeding promotes healthy production of breast milk. It is known to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation.

Sesame Oil - Key Confinement Food Ingredients
Sesame Oil (芝麻油)

One of the most used ingredient in postnatal meals as it has warming properties, and rejuvenate energy levels. It also helps to improve hair and skin health.

White Fungus - Key Confinement Food Ingredients
Snow Fungus (雪耳)

It has a gelatinous texture and is commonly included in soup tonics. Believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, nourishes the lungs and improves the immune system.

White Pepper - Key Confinement Food Ingredients
White Pepper (白胡椒)

This spicy aids digestion and helps to improve energy levels. This is a key ingredients in specific postnatal soups as it is believed to dispel excess “wind” from the body.

Wood Ear Fungus - Key Confinement Food Ingredients
Wood Ear Fungus (云耳/雲耳)

It contains a high amount of iron, and regular consumption of this fungus will nourish the blood. It also has a high amount of dietary fiber which helps maintain the digestive system.

Check out our menus which shows an example week’s meals, soup tonics and teas, or contact us for any queries you may here!