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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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Red Dates

Submitted by on May 15, 2009 – 8:34 pm5 Comments | 40,508 views

Ingredient Name:  Red Dates (also known as jujubes, or Chinese dates)

Traditional Chinese Name: 红枣 (hóng zǎo)

What is this?
  • A small, round, , wrinkled, red, seeded fruit (in its mature state) produced by the Ziziphus zizyphus trees
  • Commonly found in Asia, some parts of Europe and India
  • In Chinese cuisine, it can be found in both salty and sweet dishes, in soups, as dried snacks and in teas

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in cold water before usage
  • Add directly to soups (in cold water)

Where can I buy this?

  • You can purchase red dates from most Asian supermarkets prepackaged
  • You can also purchase this in bulk from speciality stores

What is the cost?

  • A package should cost $3-5 CAD

Any benefits?

  • Red dates are known to assist in maintaining healthy blood pressure and assist the stomach and spleen in poor appetites
  • It is also commonly used to address stress in drinks and teas
  • Due to its sweetness, it is soothing to the throat and used to treat sore throats
  • Red dates are an excellent source of Vitamin C
  • A common ingredient found for Chinese confinements
  • It is a neutral fruit

Any precautions?

  • Be sure you are buying red dates from a reputable source as some red dates do carry diseases
  • For soups, use pitted dates. The seeds are known to create “fire” in the body and not usually ideal

Additional Information?

  • Red dates can normally be kept in a sealed container in the fridge for at least 6 months
    Pitted red dates


  • DAC says:

    I know that it is good to drink red date tea during confinement but is it safe to drink it during pregnancy as well?

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Donna, red dates is OK to drink during pregnancy as well as it’s a pretty neutral (if not slightly warming) ingredient. To be fair, the most critical time is the first 3 months, for which you should avoid “cooling” foods. After that, most anything is game. Hope this helps! Lisa

  • Catalina Perez says:

    Your soup recipes look very interesting. I am a nurse and think soup is very healing

  • Dora says:

    Can dried red dates keep for 4-6 months in a sealed jar outside of the fridge?

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Dora, yes they can be, so as long as it’s kept relatively dry. Not sure HK qualifies as a dry place, but in Canada (east coast) is usually OK. Lisa

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