Song Kee soup is believed to be rejuvenating. After everything that has been going on, I figured we all needed a bit of rejuvenating so I made this soup for the family to take. I bastardised the recipe a little and added red dates and some dried scallops.
- 1kg meat
- 3L water
- Song Kee soup ingredients
- salt/soy sauce to taste
- 8 red dates
- 2 whole dried scallops
Song Kee Soup Ingredients:
- Radix Astragali (Milk Vetch root; Huang qi)
- enhances immune system
- reduces blood pressure
- reduces stress
- Polyconattum (Solomon’s Seal)
- used in treatment of diabetes
- found to be effective in fighting nutritional hyperglycemia
- used to treat pain, fever, inflammation, allergy, and weakness
- in traditional Chinese medicine, it is supposed to strengthen various organs and enhance the qi
- Radix Codonopsis Pilosulae (Dang Shen)
- traditionally used to improve appetite and energy
- Improves body function, anti fatigue
- Stimulates nervous system, improves immune system
- Increases red blood cells, white blood cells
- Improves the function of macrophages
- Enhances blood coagulation
- Raises blood sugar
- Dioscorea Batatas (Chinese Yam)
- stimulates the stomach and spleen and has a tonic effect on the lungs and kidneys
- speeds the healing process
- traditionally prescribed to treat hyperthyroidism, nephritis and diabetes
- treatment for tiredness, weight loss, poor appetite, poor digestion, chronic diarrhoea, asthma, dry coughs, frequent or uncontrollable urination, diabetes and emotional instability
- contains diosgenin which has been used to treat a variety of diseases, including asthma and arthritis
- Fructus Lycii (Goji Berry)
- eye health
- Wash and soak dry ingredients for a few minutes, then drain and set aside.
- Add meat to water and bring to the boil to remove the meat scum; remove from heat and wash off the meat scum.
- Place everything into the pot – meat, dry ingredients, and water; bring to the boil, then reduce heat. Simmer for two to three hours.
- Add salt or soy sauce for taste.
Everyone gave it the thumbs-up – extended family and all! Add another one to the list of “approved soups“!
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.