Thursday, August 18, 2011

Best Goji Berries Soups From My Recipe Collection

"Kei Chi" or goji berries or medlar seeds or wolfberry seeds - they refer to the little dried red berries which we Chinese love to use in our soups and dishes because they are packed with nutrition.

These berries are given to kids especially by Chinese parents so that their kids will grow up with good vision. In my case,  either I didn't eat enough as a kid or my genes are predisposed to short-sightedness. (Anyway, I had my eyes lasik-ed last year so technology can take care of things for you.)

Goji berries help with the Liver and Kidney meridians. That's why they're beneficial for remedying Kidney Qi deficiency which brings about problems like lower back pain, impotence, dizziness and tinnitus. It helps lowers blood pressure, lowers blood sugar levels and lowers blood cholesterol levels besides acting as a liver tonic and nourishing blood.

Though they're full of goodness, don't overdo it. All herbs in moderation please. If you are prone to excess heat or dampness, don't make it worse. Just a handful in your soup will do. 

If you aren't bothered to boil goji berries in soups, you can add a teaspoon of these berries into a glass, pour over hot water and steep for 5 minutes. Drink it up and chew on the re-hydrated berries too. Or you can also chew on them like you'd eat raisins. The good quality ones are naturally sweet. I once tried Young Living's Ningxia Red drink which is made with goji berries. They tasted great but I'd rather have the real thing. 

I thought I'd round up some of my past recipes on goji berries since they're so easy to eat and so good for your health. 

Matrimony Vine Leaf Soup with Wolfberry Fruits

This is a simple and quick soup and can be ready in 30 minutes. Yes, it is that easy. This soup does not qualify as a slow simmered soup as it needs a fast boil. Very suitable for moms who are home late and need to whip up nutritious yet fast soups. 

Chicken Garlic Kei Chi Soup

 This is a quick soup which can be ready in 30 minutes.

Red Dates, Longan and Medlar Seeds Tea
This is a nourishing tea/sweet dessert soup recipe because the three main ingredients (see title above) are good for building blood, regenerating Qi and beneficial to the eyes. This can be served on its own, as an afternoon drink (please serve it warm) or after a lovely dinner to clear the palate.

Porridge with Kei Chi, Wai San & Pork
Wai san porridge is a great recipe when you are strapped for time. Second of course is that wai san (I'm talking about fresh wai san in this case) is soothing for the stomach. 

Papaya Soup with Medlar Seeds and Ciku Fruit
This soup helps clear the lungs. 

The Book of Jook: Chinese Medicinal Porridges--A Healthy Alternative to the Typical Western Breakfast
Asian Soups (The Essential Kitchen)
The Sweet Spot: Asian-Inspired Desserts

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