Local confinement food recipes

Try these recipes during your confinement period to help nourish and replenish the nutrients in your body!

As you recover from giving birth, your body is at its weakest state and would need lots of nutrients to recover. Cravings aside, here are some local confinement food recipes that will help your body get the right nourishment that it needs!

#1 Pig's Trotter with Vinegar

Ingredients:
1 pig’s trotter (2kg)
1500ml sweetened black vinegar
3 tbsp sesame oil
3 tbsp rock sugar
salt (as desired)
1 cup black beans
600gm old ginger
750ml water

Method:
1) Rinse the pig’s trotter and cut into convenient pieces. Peel and cut the old ginger into pieces, flatten lightly and set aside. Blanch with hot water to remove the "raw meat" taste and smell.

2) Heat the sesame oil in a pre-heated wok and saute the old ginger pieces and black beans till fragrant. Remove and transfer a large claypot.

3) Pour in the vinegar and water, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and cook for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Let the mixture soak overnight.

4) Blanch the pig's trotter pieces in hot water. Remove and drain. Stir-fry in a pre-heated wok for a while. Add rock sugar to it and continue to stir until sugar is fully dissolved and aromatic.

5) Lastly, bring the soup back to a boil. Add the pre-fried pig's trotterpieces into the claypot, cover and simmer over medium heat for 35 minutes or so.

6) Remove from heat, leaving the pig's trotter pieces in the vinegar soup. Let it soak until the all the pig's trotter pieces are tender and the flavor has been absorbed and aromatic.

Recipe credits: chineseconfinementfood.blogspot

 

#2 Fried Rice with Egg and Ginger

Ingredients:
200g cooked rice
80g old shredded ginger
2 eggs beaten lightly
2 tbsp sesame oil

A pinch of salt and some soy sauce will make the dish more delicious

Method:
1) Heat up sesame oil and fry the shredded ginger over a low fire until fragrant. You can tell when it turns a light golden colour.

2) Add in the beaten egg slowly and stir-fry till cooked.

3) Add the bowl of rice and a little salt to the ginger and egg. Stir-fry over high heat till fragrant. Just before serving, add the soy sauce in and stir till all ingredients are well combined.

4) This Chinese Fried Rice with Egg and Ginger is best served immediately.

Recipe credits: chineseconfinementfood.blogspot

 

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#3 Young Corn and Sweet Peas stir fry

Ingredients:
1/2 cup young corn
1/2 cup sweet peas
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp corn flour mixed with 2 tsp cold water

To season:
1 tsp light soy
2 tbsp rice Wine
1 tbsp sesame seed oil
1 tsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
½ cup water

Method:
1) Blanch corn in boiling water for 3 minutes.

2) Slice each corn in half (lengthwise).

3) Heat oil and fry garlic until fragrant.

4) Add sweet peas and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add corn and stir fry.

5) Add seasoning and bring to a boil.

6) Add cornflour paste and stir until mixture has thickened.

7) Serve.

Recipe credits: theAsianparent

 

#4 Vegan Ginger and Vinegar Trotter

Ingredients:
300g gluten fungus roll
500g old ginger
300ml black rice vinegar
600ml water
2 tablespoons sesame oil
70g brown sugar
Salt, to taste

Method:

1) Slice gluten fungus roll

2) Peel and cut old ginger into chunks

3) Add sesame oil to the ginger and bake it in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

4) Once ginger is baked, place all the ingredients in a clay pot, add water and simmer for 45 minutes.

5) Season to taste with salt.

6) Serve hot.

Recipe credits: theAsianparent

 

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#5 Chicken Essence

Ingredients:
500g chicken
1 cup/250ml DOM or Brandy

Method:
1) Wash chicken thoroughly. Remember to remove the skin and scald in hot water. Rinse, pat dry and set aside. Place chicken and cognac into a double boiler. Cover with lid and double boil for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

2) Remove chicken and pour the Chicken Essence into a cup or bowl. It's best served warm.

Recipe credits: chineseconfinementfood.blogspot

 

#6 Dang Shen Tea

Ingredients:
150g dang shen
100g red dates
50g dried longan
2000ml water

Method:
1) Cut the dang shen into slices or sectionals. Flatten the red dates and core them. Set aside.

2) Bring water to a boil. Add in dang shen, red dates and dried longan. Cover and boil for approximately 3 hours over low heat.

3) Remove from heat. Strain well and serve hot.

Recipe credits: chineseconfinementfood.blogspot

 

What are some other confinement recipes that you can think of? Share with us in the comments below!