What are Chinese Herbal Soups?
For 5,000 years herbal soups have been carefully developed and mastered across centuries of Chinese history, culture, and food. The essence of herbal soups is to use herbal plants in everyday cooking to help bring health, balance, and happiness. The combination of these ingredients is believed to remedy and bring balance to the body, mind, and spirit, as well as boosting the immune system. There is a Chinese saying, “医食同源”, which means food and herbal medicine are from the same root, a balance of nutrition through diet.
These beloved dishes aim to provide to the following benefits, whilst also tasting great:
Provide additional or increase nutrients to the body
Boost and strengthen energy
Improve and aid with digestion
Balance yin and yang
What sort of herbal ingredients are typical in Chinese Herbal Soups?
There are many types of herbal ingredients that can be used in soups, depending on the flavour and purpose of the herbal soup, borrowing heavily from the same herbal ingredients used in traditional Chinese medicine.
Common herbal ingredients include:
American Ginseng or Ginseng
Chinese Angelica Root
Chinese Pearl Barley
Dried Lily Bulbs
Dried Mandarin Peel
Wolfberries (also known Goji Berries)
Where can I buy Chinese Herbal Soups?
It started in 1993, when we launched our Abalone Soup with American Ginseng, and then in 2020 expanded into our Abalone Soup with Herbs Range. Sourcing from 5,000 years knowledge of Chinese history and culture, we are proud to be able to offer 5 delicious Abalone Soups:
These delicious soups are available to purchase or purchase together with our products in our Isolation Food & Drink Packs, or Gift Packs and Hampers. For August, we are going to be taking you on a soup journey in our articles, exploring each of soups in more detail.