Chinese Soups: Lok Mei Cheng Poh Leong

The Lok Mei Cheng Poh Leong soup is a sweet Chinese herbal soup that is touted to “clear “heat” and strengthen the immune system. It is said to be good for the kidneys and liver, and for reducing stress.

Lok Mei Cheng Poh Leong

Ingredients:

  • 500g chicken or meat
  • 1 tsp salt to taste
  • 2L water
  • Lok Mei Cheng Poh Leong Soup ingredients

Lok Mei Cheng Poh Leong Soup Ingredients (see disclaimer below):

  • Rhizoma Polygonati Officinalis – Solomon’s Seal? Not too sure what this is because I couldn’t find the genus “officinalis”. Anyway, Solomon’s Seal is for pain, fever, inflammation, allergy, and weakness.
  • Semen Euryales (Qian Shi) – apparently for treating chronic diarrhea, nocturnal emissions, premature ejaculation and vaginal discharge
  • Bulbus Lilii (Bai He) – apparently for treating dry cough, sore throat, dry lungs, insomnia, and abdominal pain
  • Semen Nelumbinis – apparently for treating diarrhea, anorexia, spermatorrhea, uterine bleeding and insomnia
  • Dioscorea Batatas – Chinese Yam. Apparently for treating cough, fatigue, anorexia, diarrhoea, premature ejaculation, urinary frequency and vaginal discharge.
  • Arillus Longanae (Long Yan Rou) – Logan. Apparently for  treating insomnia, palpitations, forgetfulness and dizziness.

Method:

  • Put the meat into water and bring to the boil. Remove the meat and clean off the meat scum.
  • In a crock pot (slow cooker), place water, meat and soup ingredients. Turn on high heat until bubbling. Reduce to low heat and continue cooking for another hour or two.
  • Add salt to taste.

Verdict:

Three thumbs up! Another one in the bag for the boys…

Disclaimer:

I’m not an expert on Traditional Chinese Medicine. I’m just a mother trying to understand the health benefits behind some of the commonly used herbs in Chinese cooking. You can believe it – or not (I don’t believe everything either) – I’m just the messenger so don’t shoot me.

One of the main problems with Traditional Chinese Medicine is the lack of proper documentation. Sometimes there is even a lack of agreement on what’s what. I’ve tried to make do with what I can find and decipher.

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