Health Benefits of Ingredienats Used in Chinese Confinement Food

For those of you who are not familiar with confinement, this article explain the health benefits behind specific ingredients

The specific health benefits of some confinement food ingredients and a sample of the dishes
they are featured in can be found below:
Old Ginger
A mainstay of confinement food, it is used mainly to dispel “wind” from the body. It is generally believed that the new mother will find significant traces of “wind” in her body after childbirth. If left unchecked,
it may lead to ailments like rheumatism or inexplicable aches and pains later in life.

Ginger is also useful in supporting good intestinal digestion and overall blood circulation.

Most confinement dishes use some amount of old ginger. Some tasty confinement dishes
featured in our menu using a fair amount of old ginger include Long Bean with Pork with Ginger,
Stir Fried Fish with Ginger and Spring Onions as well as Stir Fried Chicken in Mushroom Sauce
and Ginger .

Black Vinegar

Traditionally known for its curative ability to help purify the blood and cleanse the arteries,
black vinegar is used in one of the most popular confinement dishes, Pork Knuckles in Ginger
and Vinegar . The generous amount of vinegar used in the cooking readily dissolves the calcium content in the pork bones, resulting in a delectable dish of succulent pork in healthy, calcium-rich gravy.

Sesame Oil
Rich in Vitamin E, iron and calcium, sesame oil is used in many confinement food recipes largely
due to its “heaty” nature as the new mother is advised to avoid “cooling” foodstuff which may unnecessarily induce “wind” in the body.

It also provides nourishment through improving circulation, overall strength and vitality. Grilled Chicken with Sesame Oil and Ginger , Stir Fried Pig’s Liver with Ginger & Sesame Oil and Chicken
Soup with Sesame Oil are just some of the delightful dishes using sesame oil, done to perfection
by our highly skilled in-house chef.

Chinese Wolfberry, Boxthorn Fruit (Gou Qi)
Very high in antioxidant properties, Chinese Wolfberry is commonly consumed to promote good eyesight. It particularly nourishes liver and kidney functions and is also greatly valued for delaying ageing, boosting energy and improving internal strength.

Our special in-house dishes featuring Chinese Wolfberry are Steamed Beancurd with Minced Pork
& Chinese Wolfberry and Stir Fried Liver with Chinese Wolfberry .

Black Fungus

Commonly known to alleviate “dryness” and promote circulation of the body, black fungus
particularly aids in nourishing the lungs, stomach and liver.

More importantly, due to its rich iron content, it is exceptionally good for helping to purge the body
of stale blood.

The home-cooked goodness of black fungus can be found in our confinement dishes like Chicken
Soup with Wine & Black Fungus and Black Fungus with Cauliflower .

Angelica (Dang Gui)

Renowned for its main function as a blood tonic, Angelica is a potent Chinese medicinal tonic used
for enhancing blood circulation. Its most common use is by women who consume it on a regular
basis to maintain regularity in monthly menstruation cycles.

Mostly used in soup recipes, our menu features nutritious Double Boiled Angelica Chicken Tonic
Soup as well as a delicious original creation, Soy Sauce Fish with Angelica .

Red Dates

Also known to nourish the blood like Angelica, red dates are used in soups or most commonly
brewed with dried longan and Chinese wolfberry to be consumed in place of water during the confinement period as drinking plain water is generally discouraged due to the belief that
plain water contains “wind”.

Cold water is particularly frowned upon as it may “chill” the body system still recovering from
a weakened state after childbirth.

Longan Red Dates Tea using red dates and dried longan is provided free with our confinement

We also offer Red Dates with Papaya Chicken Soup in our menu – a remarkably wholesome
soup for purifying the blood and improving blood circulation.

Dried Longan

A great tonic for the nourishment of the blood through reinforcing the blood-building functions
of the heart and spleen, dried longan is also frequently consumed for its additional benefits
like calming the nerves and promoting restful sleep.

Black Bean

Apart from being a rich source of fibre and folate, black bean provides excellent nutrition for
blood circulation due to its iron concentration.

Combined with red dates which are also good for boosting improved blood circulation, Black
Bean, Red Dates Spare Ribs Soup is one deliciously wholesome soup any new mother can
certainly enjoy during her confinement period.


Primarily used in Asian curries, tumeric is a powerful antioxidant best known for its
anti-inflammatory properties.

We feature a deliciously nutritious dish, Braised Tumeric Chicken in our confinement menu.


Pepper has great antioxidant and anti-bacterial benefits which help promote good digestive
tract health. It is generally consumed during the confinement period to help drive out “wind”
in the body as well as to promote bowel regularity.

Our menu selections using pepper include Peppered Pig’s Stomach Soup , Black Pepper Chicken
and Stir Fried Lean Meat in Black Pepper Sauce with Ginger .

Polygonum (He Shou Wu)

A renowned Chinese tonic for the nourishment of hair, Polygonum is believed to help decelerate
the greying of hair. Through boosting blood circulation, it is particularly effective for reducing
postnatal hair loss.

Polygonum is also excellent for maintaining internal strength and vitality, reducing blood pressure
and cholesterol on top of yielding anti-ageing benefits.

We cater two very nourishing soups, Pork Ribs Soup with Polygonum and Double Boiled Chicken
Soup with Polygonum in our menu .

Encommiae Bark (Du Zhong)

Also commonly known as Eucommia Bark, by traditional Chinese medicinal definition, Encommiae
Bark has warm and calming properties. Its consumption is specifically beneficial in helping to
reduce stress and tension as well as to maintain good circulation.

Encommiae Bark is also a marvellous tonic for strengthening the kidneys, hence a life-saving remedy
for back aches post delivery.

Encommiae Bark (Du Zhong) Healthy Soup is offered in our menu featuring an extensive list of nutritious soups guaranteed to enhance any new mother’s recovery during the confinement period.

Lily Flower

Akin to the Encommiae Bark, Lily Flower is excellent for claming the nerves.

Fried Beancurd with Dried Lily Flower is a dish found in our menu, specially created to complement
the postnatal confinement diet.

Preview additional nutritious selections of confinement dishes offered in our menu:

(1) Fried Rice with Egg & Ginger – This simple yet nutritious staple is extremely good for dispelling “wind”, invigorating internal strength, boosting circulation and promoting good

(2) Fish & Papaya Soup – The combination of rich protein from the fish and sap from the papaya is highly effective for stimulating the milk glands, boosting lactation and milk flow.

(3) Nourishing "Ba Zhen" Herbal Soup – A tonic soup excellent for nourishing the blood and stimulating blood circulation.

(4)"Hong Zao" Chicken – Featuring tender chicken pieces cooked in fermented wine, this dish is
great for revitalizing general health.

(5)“Bei Qi” & “Dang Shen” (Astragalus Root & Codonopsis Tea) – A combination of 2 Chinese
herbal tonics, this tea is extremely good for boosting general health, building internal strength
and fighting post delivery fatigue.

(6) Lemon Grass "Sheng Yu" Soup – For repelling “wind” and cooling body “heatiness”.