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How to cook Sea Cucumber Fish Maw herbal soup that nourishes 'yin' in women?

I blogged about Sea Cucumber Fish Maw soup some time back and that was done using cheap fried Yu Biao and Sea Cucumber from supermarket and I also added minced pork to it. It was delicious BUT not as nutritious as DRIED Sea Cucumber and Fish Maw (Hua Jiao) usually sold in Chinese Medical Hall. With a LOT of help from my family, I finally managed to lay hands on expensive Dried Sea Cucumber and Dried Fish Maw. This recipe is recommended by a TCM Physician.

Sea Cucumber sounds like a divine pill because Google says that it has so many benefits such as curing fatigue, boost female vitality and even male stamina hahaha. Check out ehealthzine online for more benefits. As for Hua Jiao, it is an expensive Chinese food that nourishes 'yin', aids kidney function and boosts stamina.

After soaking the Sea Cucumbers and Hua Jiao, you can keep the excess in a freezer and thaw them when you want to use them in future.

Sea Cucumber Fish Maw Herbal Soup

Soaked Sea Cucumber
Dried Sea Cucumber are black and hard. You have to soak them for a few days to become like the ones in the picture.

The beige coloured odd shaped ingredient in the middle of the picture is the Hua Jiao. Hua Jiao also has to be soaked for a few days.

Slow Cooker from Takahi
Everyone should have a slow cooker. After using it, I realised that not only is it convenient, it also makes soups that are filled with flavours from all the ingredients.

The TCM Physician also mentioned that if you only want to eat the sea cucumber, you can steam it for 15 to 30 minutes until it is soft. Add honey to it for flavour. If your fish maw turns slimy after cooking, it is of good quality.

For you who wants to boost your health, I have included a printable recipe card for your convenience.

Sea Cucumber Fish Maw Herbal Soup

The advantage of using a Slow Cooker is that you do not have to watch the fire and worry that the soup becomes too dry. In the 3 hours of cooking, I managed to eat my lunch, tidy up my living room, watch television, eat a piece of cake and mop the floor.

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Sea Cucumber Fish Maw Herbal Soup
This recipe boosts stamina and nourishes 'yin'.

  • Dried Sea Cucumbers
  • 2 pieces Dried Fish Maws (Advised to buy Fish Maw from Huang Hua Yu - species)
  • 5 to 8 sticks Dang Shen
  • 1 handful Wolfberries
  • 5 pieces Huai Shan
  • 1 handful Black Beans
  • 5 to 8 large Red Dates (seeds removed)
  • 1 whole Black Chicken or Spare Ribs 
  • 5 Ginger slices
  • Est 1.5 litres of water

Instructions using Slow Cooker
1. Soak Sea Cucumbers in water for 2 to 3 days until they are rehydrated.
2. Soak Fish Maw for 3 days until they are rehydrated.
3. Scrub Sea Cucumbers with a brush until they are clean.
4. Stir fry sea cucumbers and fish maw with ginger to remove fishy smell.
5. Pour boiling water over meat to remove scum that tends to float in your soup.
6. If you are using chicken, remove all skin to prevent the soup from becoming oily.
7. Place Dang Shen, Wolfberries, Huai Shan, Black Beans, Red Dates, meat into slow cooker.
8. Add water, making sure the water level is above the ingredients.
9. Cook for 2 hours on high.
10. Place Sea Cucumbers and Hua Jiao into the soup.
11. Cook for another 1 hour until Sea Cucumbers turn soft and Fish Maws turn slimy.
12. Sift excess oil and scum from soup before serving. Add seasoning if necessary.

Prep time: Cook time: 3Total time: Yield: 2 to 4


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