Chinese Herbal Soup: Song Kee Soup

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.

Song Kee soup


  • 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
    • diuretic
    • reduces blood pressure
    • anti-inflammatory
    • reduces stress
  • Olive
  • 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
    • antioxidant
    • neuroprotective


  • 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.

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