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Soup Name:  Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base)

Traditional Chinese Name: 清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)

Introduction: This is the base Chinese Chicken Soup stock that …

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Chinese Confinement: The Early Days

Submitted by on October 16, 2012 – 8:36 pm3 Comments | 33,535 views



The journey for Chinese Confinement #7 started about 4 days ago.

This page is about Chinese Confinement in the early days. True “body-recovering” doesn’t actually happen until past days 10-12. That’s when you take out the heavy artillery. For now, the first 10-12 days (some say 8-10) should be light, mild and “taking it easy”. This doesn’t mean you can eat “cooling foods” or take showers and let your hair to air dry, it means your diet is light. From various sources at the wet mart and Chinese herbalists, the advice is to drink these light teas and lay off the power herbs.

I will continue to add as I learn more here, but here’s a start.

You can also read forward to prepare for Chinese Confinement: The Final Days (Day 13-30).


Chinese Confinement drinks, teas & soups (for the early days):


Chinese Confinement foods and snacks (for the early days):


  • elms says:

    Can’t wait to see the progress. I just recently found out im pregnant 2.5 months, and I am very interested to follow through the whole process. I wish i had such wonderful sisters and family to make soup for me. do you think I can make all these soups/teas myself while im pregnant, and after giving birth? Thank you for sharing all your wonderful knowledge with us. I will be following your blog closely! Thanks again…

  • Angie says:

    Would you have soup receipes during pregnancy? I m alone and no knowledge what the the good soup to make for myself during my pregnancy. It’s great to have a mother n great sisters in the family to help out. 🙂

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Angie, yes! We have a whole section pregnancy soups here: https://www.thechinesesouplady.com/pregnancy-soups/. You can make larger portions and freeze into single portions for future consumption too! Ideally no more than 1 month would be best. Hope this helps and thanks for your continued support! Lisa

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