This dish is traditionally prepared to strengthen the body and improve lactation, especially for new mums during the Chinese tradition “Zuo Yue Zi” indicating the first month after giving birth. During this period, Traditional Chinese Medicine recommends eating warming food (Yang) because the body has lost a lot of Yang energy and blood during delivery. We would also recommend that mothers take a gentle yet powerful tonic remedy called Womans Precious which is based on a famous Chinese herbal formula.
This warming dish is also perfect in Autumn/Fall/Winter when we are susceptible to cold.
What you need:
- vegetable oil
- ginger cut into thin strips
- 2 garlic cloves
- chicken breast cut into small pieces
- soy sauce to taste
- pepper to taste
How to make it:
- Heat oil in a frying pan (wok).
- When the oil is hot, add the garlic cloves and ginger strips. Cook for about two minutes, stirring constantly with a pair of chopsticks.
- When the garlic and ginger become golden brown, add the chicken previously cut into thin pieces.
- Cook stirring constantly until the chicken is golden.
- Season with soy sauce to taste.
- Serve with a bowl of jasmine rice per person.
You can also add carrot cut into strips and cook it together with the ginger stripes. The taste will result sweeter. Furthermore by stir-frying the carrots beta carotene will be preserved.
Due to its anti-platelet properties, the use of ginger should be controlled in case of risk of haemorrhage, if you are taking anticoagulant drugs or if you experience blood coagulation disorders. Ask your doctor for more information.
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This article is not intended to diagnose or assess. The information provided is not to be considered a substitute for consultation with a qualified health care practitioner.