Chinese Sweet Soup For Health Maintenance –Long Yan

long yan soup

Sweet Soup is a Chinese delicacy especially popular in the southern city of Guangzhou where the Cantonese call it sweet water 糖水. Sweet soup contains no meat, some dry fruits, some neutral tasting herbs, and has a delightfully sweet flavor with the addition of a small quantity of rock or brown sugar. Sweet soup can be eaten hot or ice-cold.

Sweet soup is eaten as a snack between meals and before bedtime. It is more popular among women who like to enhance beauty, skin, hair, nails, voice, and the Yin character in general.

There exist a wide variety of sweet soup recipes. In this video, only some popular ones are presented. All the ingredients are commonly available in a Chinese supermarket.

→ For regular health maintenance, the Chinese call this one 清補涼. Literally, it translates into clear/strengthen/cool:
5 cups of water (8-oz cup)
3 grams of Yi Ren 意仁
3 grams of Shan Yao 山藥
3 grams of Qian Shi 芡實
3 grams of Lian Zi 蓮子
3 grams of Long Yan Rou 龍眼肉
3 grams of Bai He 百合
Boil then simmer for about an hour until one serving of soup is obtained.
Add small quantity of sugar when almost done.

→ Reduce stress and insomnia:
5 cups of water (8-oz cup)
2 grams of dried bean curd skin
4 grams of Lian Zi 蓮子
4 grams of Yi Ren 意仁
4 grams of red dates or Hong Zao 紅棗
Boil then simmer for about an hour until one serving of soup is obtained.
Add small quantity of sugar when almost done.

→ Nourish blood and skin:
5 cups of water (8-oz cup)
3 grams of dry red beans
3 grams of dry green beans
3 grams of seaweed, fresh, sliced
1 gram of rice
Boil then simmer for about an hour until one serving of soup is obtained.
Add small quantity of sugar when almost done.

→ Reduce cough/phlegm/nasal allergy:
5 cups of water (8-oz cup)
1 fresh pear, cut in half, no skin, core removed
3 grams of almond or Xing Ren 杏仁
3 grams of Chuan Bei Mu 川貝母
Boil then simmer for about an hour until one serving of soup is obtained.
Add small quantity of sugar when almost done.

→ Strengthen lungs/throat and enhance voice:
5 cups of water (8-oz cup)
1 grams of bean curd skin, dried
3 grams of Yi Ren 意仁
3 grams of Bai He 百合
3 gram of gingko or Bai Guo 白果
Boil then simmer for about an hour until one serving of soup is obtained.
Add small quantity of sugar when almost done.