CONFINEMENT RECIPES


Confinement Diet / Confinement Period 8
It is a dejavu to be talking about “confinement” again. 35 months ago I had my confinement for the first time after giving birth to our daughter. If you ask me what is confinement ? I will tell you “Lots of ginger, sesame oil, Chinese herbs, Chinese wine” and also […]

I WILL NOT SEE THE WORLD FOR ONE MONTH


DRUNKEN CHICKEN SOUP
Sesame oil, ginger, and cooking wine are three important ingredients in confinement recipes. If you are wondering what confinement is, you can read about it here. This drunken chicken soup or sometimes people like to call it “ke ciu” or loosely translated as chicken with wine is one of the […]

DRUNKEN CHICKEN SOUP


RED FERMENTED RICE CHICKEN
The first time I had a dish cooked with red yeast rice/red fermented rice/red vinasse was the time when I had my “confinement period” after giving birth to my baby girl. I have liked it ever since. The red yeast rice itself doesn’t have any taste, in fact, they are […]

RED FERMENTED RICE CHICKEN/ RED VINASSE CHICKEN



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The end of one-month is celebrated by few tradition such as bathing a baby with petals from flowers. Normally crysanthemum flowers are used. Since we couldn’t find one here, we use the yellow Gerbera instead, which is pretty closed to crysanthemum I supposed. The baby’s hair is then being shaved […]

BABY FULL MONTH CELEBRATION


CHICKEN NOODLES / MIE AYAM 2
My mom has been using lots of chicken bones to make Essence of Chicken with DOM Benedictine Liqueur. So, what to do with the rest of the chicken meat ? Well, a lot I supposed. She made chicken noodles, or we call it Mie Ayam in Indonesian language, for me […]

CHICKEN NOODLES / MIE AYAM


BLACK CHICKEN SOUP 2
Another popular confinement recipe is black chicken soup. The chicken is literally black in color. From what I read, black chicken is also called a Silkies, due to its silk-like plumage. This breed of chicken has several distinctive characteristic such as dark blue flesh and bones, blue earlobes, and five […]

BLACK CHICKEN SOUP



FISH WITH GREEN PAPAYA SOUP
Fish and green papaya soup is one of the important recipes during confinement (at least to my mom and I believe many others too). The green papaya helps in production of breast milk, which is a big plus to me since I’m breastfeeding. I’m pumping more than 2 pints (1 […]

FISH WITH GREEN PAPAYA SOUP


CHICKEN STIR-FRY WITH DOM BENEDICTINE LIQUEUR
My mom saw this recipe at one of the cable shows and she modified a little bit. I know she’s trying hard to keep the confinement recipes “interesting”. Overall, I’m okay with it. I do get a little tired of ginger. Every single food and drink has ginger in it, […]

CHICKEN STIR-FRY WITH DOM BENEDICTINE LIQUEUR


CHICKEN WITH GINGER 7
I think my mom feels bad having to feed me ginger every single day with her confinement recipes lol! She told me that she’s also sick of cooking with ginger ha! I have consumed 4 lbs (2 kilos) of ginger in one-week period. wow! That’s a record-breaking for me at […]

CHICKEN WITH GINGER



MEE SUA WITH RED YEAST RICE 1
My hubby asked me before if I made this Noodles with Fermented Rice Residue/ 红糟面线 before. I’ve never heard of it or made it before. Then when I saw this recipe at Kitchen Tigress’ Food Blog, I knew I gotta try it. I didn’t have the opportunity to do so […]

MEE SUA WITH RED YEAST RICE


Braised Pork Hocks with Black Vinegar 2
It seems like Fiorina was just born yesterday. It has been 12 days since our bundle of joy arrives. The 12th day of confinement is also marked by a small celebration by preparing a Braised Pork Hocks with black vinegar and Lo Mai Gai/ Glutinous Rice with Chicken. I asked my […]

BRAISED PORK HOCKS WITH BLACK VINEGAR


Chicken double boiled with DOM 4
After 10 days of not showering (I know…I know…!!), finally today I have the luxury of taking a shower. Something that we all take for granted everyday, is a luxury during confinement period. The whole idea of confinement period and confinement diet is to restore energy and the heat lost […]

CHICKEN DOUBLE BOILED WITH DOM BENEDICTINE LIQUEUR



SNAKEHEAD FISH SOUP
Snakehead fish soup is not normally included in confinement recipes. The chinese like to prepare Snakehead fish soup for those who go through surgery of any kind. Snakehead fish helps in the healing process. I had to go through C-section and therefore Snakehead fish soup is in the menu for […]

SNAKEHEAD FISH SOUP


ESSENCE OF CHICKEN 4
Essence of Chicken is a popular tonic in Southeast Asia. They are readily sold in bottles in Southeast Asia. Its regular consumption is believed to be not only helps in mental alertness but also in recovery. Some people like to give Chicken of Essence as gifts to those whom are […]

ESSENCE OF CHICKEN WITH DOM BENEDICTINE LIQUEUR


MEE SUA WITH PORK KIDNEY AND EGGS
This is another confinement recipe my mom fixed for me. I know not everyone likes pork kidney or kidney of anykind. I, as a matter of fact, enjoy eating internal organs. Most Asians do I believe. My mom said that buying pig’s kidneys here were far more cheaper than back […]

MEE SUA WITH PIG’S KIDNEY AND EGGS



Chinese sweet potato with ginger soup 1
I have this soup once when I lived in Singapore. It gives you a very “warmed” feeling after having it. I guess you can treat this as a dessert too because it is sweet. The chinese believe that this soup is good for the digestive system as well. This is […]

CHINESE SWEET POTATO AND GINGER SOUP


Rice and Ginger Tea / Bee Teh 4
Besides drinking theBlack Dates, Ginger, Goji Berry, Longan and Dang Shen Tea, this is another type of drink that I’m having on a daily basis in replace of water. While the Black Dates, Ginger, Goji Berry, Longan and Dang Shen Tea has a sweet taste to it, this tea is […]

RICE AND GINGER TEA / BEE TEH


BLACK DATES, GINGER, GOJI BERRY, LONGAN & DANG SHEN TEA 3
Try to say the title 10 times real quick. I think I’ll get my tongue all tangled up So, here start my confinement period after giving birth to our baby girl on November 19. I had been drinking Red Dates Tea starting at 32 weeks of pregnancy, twice daily until […]

BLACK DATES, GINGER, GOJI BERRY, LONGAN & DANG SHEN TEA



RED DATES TEA 17
Enjoying tea is pretty much part of Chinese culture and now I can probably say it has gotten so common everywhere around the world that you will be overwhelmed by what kind of tea to get and to drink to promote health or just for enjoyment. I’m almost towards the […]

RED DATES TEA