Many new mothers, this generation prefer not to practice the 100 days confinement diet whereas there are many who still take this opportunity to sit back and be pampered, following only certain restrictions dictated only by ourselves and no one else. I am one of those products!
Chicken soup is universally known as a "get well" soup. There are so many ways to make chicken soup. Today, I shall highlight a very nutritious soup called "Black Bean Chicken Soup". This soup is widely brewed for new mothers in confinement. 'Confinement' here means a period of time a new mother rests and replenishes her body with herbal vitamins which is believed to assist in getting her body back to good health after childbirth. During confinement, skinless black chicken is preferred but as for daily consumption, chicken breast or a small free-range skinless chicken can be used.
Frankly speaking, I have never tried making this soup in fear it tastes fishy and intolerable. Maybe after a month of fish related dishes in my diet, I decided to be brave and try it out. I have had this recipe for quite a while but there was always a better alternative soup to brew which the bottom line says "non-fish base".
Whenever I think of confinement recipes, this dish will be the first to pop up in my mind. Power dish for new mothers! Has all the good stuff in it. The Chinese believe a new mother after childbirth needs to restore her health and energy, thus sesame oil is used in this dish to warm up her body and to promote blood circulation.