Chicken soup recipe for the postnatal soul

The herbal ingredients for this post-natal soup recipe can be sourced from your local Asian grocer, however because of the language barrier it can be difficult to get the correct ingredients, in user-friendly quantities.

For your convenience we make up the Chinese herbal component of the soup in easy-to-use single portions.

To order please call (03) 9502 4442 and we can post them out to you.


  • 1 whole (preferably organic) chicken, skin removed.
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 peppercorns
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 3 slices of fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 10g Dang Gui*
  • 10g Dang Shen*
  • 6 red dates (Hong Cao*)
  • 2 tablespoons Gou Qi Zi* (wolfberries or Goji berries)
  • 2 dried shitake mushrooms* (soak in hot water to soften, then dice)
  • 10g dried wood fungus* (soak in hot water to rehydrate, then dice)1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ¼ cup Chinese rice wine
  • 2 spring onions
  • Your choice of delicious diced fresh vegetables such as carrot, celery, zucchini, broccoli, capsicum, parsnip, turnip, celeriac or Chinese cabbage


  1. First make the stock by placing the chicken, bay leaf, peppercorns, ginger, garlic and salt in a stock pot covered by 10 cm of water.
  2. Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour.
  3. Allow to cool, strain and discard solids, keeping aside the chicken meat which is removed from the bones. Remove any oily residue that floats to the surface.
  4. Return chicken meat to the stock.
  5. Shitake mushrooms & wood fungus can be soaked in hot water, diced or added whole to the stock.
  6. Add Dang Gui, Dang Shen, red dates, wolfberries (herb packet), simmer for 40 minutes.
  7. Add diced vegetables and simmer for another 20 minutes.
  8. Add sesame oil, soy sauce and rice wine and serve garnished with spring onions.

All of the herbal ingredients are edible. For added convenience this soup can be prepared in advance, divided into 7 portions and individually frozen to be defrosted and reheated as needed.

New mothers should take one bowl of soup daily for the first 4-6 weeks after birth and cease once the period returns.

*These herbal foods can be sourced from Asian grocers and all ingredients are edible.