Winter is fading away. At this time of the year, the liver needs protecting, internal yang energy needs nourishing and heat accumulated in the spleen and stomach should be cleared out. This particular duck soup will do just that. Tonic, nourishing and mild, it is a perfect dish for early March.
Lotus seeds, fried Job’s Tears seeds and Chinese yam tonify* the spleen; dried tangerine peel regulates gastrointestinal movements; ginger promotes the movement of yang. Duck meat is cool in nature, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, and sweet, so it can balance deficiencies and clear heat.
6g dried tangerine peel or mandarin orange peel
30g lotus seeds
30g seeds of Job’s Tears
12g Chinese yam
250g duck meat
Salt to taste
Photography by Hsuyi Shih