Monday, July 23, 2012

Confinement Food or menu

During labour, we have loss too much energy and vitality, therefore, 30 days of confinement is very crucial to help the recovery. Thus, eating the right food helps to increase the speed and process of recovery. We must eat more protein, which is why most of the dishes are meat, meat and meat...

Since i was having c-section, so i have not much choice for my food as i cannot eat chicken for the first 10 days. So, everyday i eat Pork, pork, pork..
Sesame Ginger Pork
Stewed Pig Kidney in Sesame Oil
Black Vinegar Pork Leg
Red Yeast Pork

Pork fried with Red Yeast (ingredient to make wine)
Ginger Pork Leg with Black vinegar and wine.

Sesame Oil Ginger Pork and Kidney

 Just stir fry with sesame oil, ginger and also wine. My mom told me these ingredients are able to alleviate "wind" and warm the body to prevent pain in the future. I eat the dish with rice or Mee sua.
As for wine, you may choose to put in Hakka wine(sweet), Foochow wine (Red & a bit sour), or white wine (more spicy).

Day 10 is the happiest moment, im allowed to eat CHICKEN!!
But, it must not be any ordinary chicken. It has to be kampung (village) female virgin chicken. Young and tender juicy.
Kachangma Chicken with Hakka Wine (sweet)

Everyone knows what Kachangma is because this is a must-eat-menu during the confinement, but i don't like the taste so i don't eat this every day. only once a week...

Pek Tin Chicken soup with Mee Sua
But this Black soup is my favourite! Pek Tin Chicken Soup, Hmm... Yummy...

Drunken Chicken

Read this recipe in my Confinement Menu Book, so i asked the Confinement Lady to try steam this chicken. Well, we have to be creative in our food preparation, right? If not, how to survive the 30 days??

 Day 12, you need to eat the Pork Belly (Pig Stomach), to thoroughly cleanse your own tummy.

Black Pepper Pig Stomach chicken soup

I finished the whole big bowl of the Pork Belly Black Pepper soup with 1/2 Chicken, and also the Pork's Kidney. Black Pepper soup is definitely very appetizing after you have been eating ginger+sesame oil every day!
Pork Stomach Fried with ginger, sesame oil and wine.

There is another day of preparing this Pork Stomach, quite appetizing and tasty as well.

 Other than eating all these meat everyday, i always crave for vegetables. However, there are only 3 types of vege i can consume, which in Chinese belief will not be too "cold" for me.
  • Brocolli
  • French Bean 
  • Kai Lan
French bean fried egg with ginger and sesame oil
Fried Brocolli with pork, ginger and sesame oil
Ginger Ommeltte with sweet hakka wine and sesame oil
Sometimes, you would also crave for eggs, i love eating this sweet tasty eggs....

Don't drink plain water during confinement, you may replace water with soup or desserts like:
Red Bean Dessert
Dates & Longan Tea
Fruits

Everything you eat or drink, just make sure that it is not "Cold Food"...

I've been really eating a lot, about 4 meals a day with 1/2 a chicken a meal or 1 big bowl of pork, etc, drinking soup a lot as well. Well, everyone's amount of food consumption differs. Quantity is not so important, quality is important.

After meal, quickly go and express your milk when your body is warm and you will get the best result!

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