Herbal Carp Soup

Yet another fish dish! You can get ‘tung choe’ (Cantonese) or ‘Tong Cao’ (mandarin) from medicine hall. It is a herb used in Chinese herbal remedies. According to the author, when it is cooked with carp, “it has the effect of increasing milk flow for the new mothers.”

Ingredients

1 Carp, approx. 600g

20g Tung Choe (Tong Cao)

800ml Hot water

Steps

Remove gills from carp. Do not scale or gut. Rinse thoroughly and drain.

Put the prepared carp and tung choe in a tureen. Add the water. Cover and double boil over medium-low heat for 2 hours.

Drain soup and drink it warm. The fish need not be eaten.

** This recipe is taken from Chinese Pregnancy & Confinement Cookbook by Ng Siong Mui.  An excellent recipe book that I love and used for my own confinement.  It has plenty of delicious recipes that are good even for a normal day’s meal.  I haven’t been able to find it in bookshops these days but it is available in the National Library.