Confinement recipe: Mutton Soup with Dang Gui

In the month following your delivery, you need to focus on your recovery as well as the new addition to your family. You need to be at full health to take care of baby at your best. Food is a great source of energy and comfort. Eating right during this period will heal your body while providing a source of nutrients for baby, if you are breastfeeding.

You will have been through quite a journey – pregnancy and then delivery. You may feel a sudden loss of energy despite feeling elated at meeting your bundle of joy. Try this quick and simple mutton soup recipe to help combat these tired days. The Iron coming from the mutton can be easily absorbed by the body, promoting the regeneration of red blood cells. The Chinese also believe Dang Gui “warms” the internal organs, allowing for better blood circulation so you won’t feel as lethargic as before.

Mutton Soup with Dang Gui


  • 20g Dang Gui
  • 20g dried longans
  • 15g ginger
  • 250g mutton, defrosted
  • 3 cups of boiling water


  • Rinse the dried longans and Dang Gui.
  • Rinse and scald the mutton.
  • Place all ingredients in a stewing pot. Cover and stew for three hours, or until mutton is tender enough for your liking. Season with salt to taste, then serve.

*Recipe lightly adapted from Before, During & After Pregnancy, by Chung-man Mak

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