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Classic Post-Natal Dishes

(New mothers are encouraged to drink this Chicken Wine to promote blood circulation and invigorate major organs in the body.)

200g Chicken Wings or Drumettes
10g "Mok Yee" (Wood Fungus), soaked and shredded
50g Raw Peanuts, soaked overnight and drained
1 cup Chinese Rice Wine / DOM
2 cups Hot Water
1 tsp Sesame Seed Oil
1 clove Garlic, minced
4 slices Old Ginger, shredded

Marinate chicken (use: 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp soy, 1 tsp oil) for 5 minutes. Heat sesame seed oil. Fry ginger and garlic until fragrant. Add wood fungus, peanuts, and chicken. Stir fry well for one or two minutes. Pour in the Chinese Wine and 2 cups hot water.  Bring to a boil and cook for a few minutes.  Serve.

(Chinese believe Black Vinegar purifies the blood, Old Ginger drives out wind, and Brown Sugar puts a check on "dampness".  Pigs' Trotters are said to provide collagen and is good for strengthening joints & lumbar. Sesame Seed Oil promotes blood circulation and the eggs nourish the body.)

2 Pig's Trotters
1 kg Old Ginger, skinned and mashed lightly
4 Tbsp Sesame Seed Oil
1 bottle (~4cups) Black Vinegar
600g Brown Sugar
4 Hard Boiled Eggs, shelled
9 cups Water

Clean and pluck off the hair from the pig's trotters. Cut into big serving pieces. Heat Sesame Seed Oil. Fry Old Ginger until golden brown fragrant. Put fried ginger into a BIG claypot. Add vinegar, water, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and leave to simmer for 30 minutes until ginger becomes soft. Add pig's trotters and continue to simmer until soft and tender (approximately 2 hours). Add shelled hard-boiled eggs 30 minutes before serving. You can also put the eggs in with shells intact. The vinegar will dissolve the shells and provide more calcium for the mother in confinement.

This dish also tastes nicer upon standing for days. If you can spare your crockpot/slowcooker, you can also prepare this popular dish in your crockpot.

These recipes courtesy of in Singapore

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