Chinese Herbal Ingredients Used in Cantonese Soup

Chinese people often say that eating is in Guangdong province. It is because Cantonese people pay more attention to nutrition in eating, which is good for the body.

I came to southern China from northern China, and I also liked the food here, especially the Cantonese soup. Some Chinese herbal medicines will also be used in the Cantonese-style soup to nourish or regulate the body. Here we introduce some commonly ingredients used in soups and their effects.Wolfberry, Red dates, Dried tangerine peel, Codonopsis pilosula, Fragrant Solomonseal Rhizome, Angelicae Sinensis, Astragalus mongholicus, Lilium lancifolium Thunb.We usually  use the dried products of their fresh plants.


It has a high nutritional value and is very rich in vitamin C and unsaturated fatty acids . The easiest way to eat is to soak the water and use it to cook soup and porridge.

Efficacy: It can protect the liver, lower blood sugar, soften blood vessels, lower blood cholesterol.It’s good for the kidneys, it can also help the body to strengthen the resistance.

Red dates(红枣):

Red dates in cantonese soup

It is used in traditional Chinese medicine to replenish qi and blood. Some Chinese people say: “eat three dates a day, you will never grow old”.  It it good for your health to add some dates which are mild in nature to the soup or porridge.

Dried tangerine peel(陈皮):

Dried tangerine Peel in cantonese soup

Tangerine peel is actually orange peel, but the famous Xinhui tangerine peel comes from the big red tangerine of Xinhui, Guangdong. Xinhui tangerine peel is more expensive than others. The long-preserved tangerine peel has a special fragrance.

Efficacy:Tangerine peel can regulate qi and strengthen spleen,  dry the wet , reduce phlegm.

Codonopsis pilosula(党参):

Chinese people often use ginseng to nourish the body. Codonopsis is mild in nature and not as strong as ginseng.

Efficacy: Supplement Qi- blood,  delay aging, can also regulate function, have the effect of enhancing physical fitness.

Fragrant Solomonseal Rhizome(玉竹):

Efficacy: It is good for  lung and stomach sinus, hot and cold cough, dry throat and thirst.

Chinses Angelica(当归):

Efficacy: Run the bowel, relieve blood circulation, relieve menstruation and relieve pain. Usually women eat after menstruation, play a role in regulating blood.

Astragalus mongholicus(黄芪):

It is a commonly used medicinal material for the people. It can be used in soups and sparkling wines.

Efficacy: Enhance immune function, liver protection, diuresis, anti-aging and antihypertensive  effects.

Lilium lancifolium Thunb(百合):

It is the rhizome of lily flower, which has high medicinal value.

Efficacy: Detoxification, spleen and stomach, and promote blood circulation. It is used to clear the lungs and relieve dryness and relieve cough.

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