This week's soup meet up features lotus seed as the main soup ingredients. In short, lotus seeds are commonly used in the formula to help calm our minds and aide in sleeping. These soups are most suitable for drinking before bed or during dinner time.
Lian Zi (莲子，lotus seeds): In China, lotus plants are grown in the Hunan, Fujian, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces. The seeds are usually collected in August and September, and are dried in the sun. In traditional Chinese medicine, lotus seeds are considered sweet and neutral, and are associated with the Spleen, Kidney, and Heart meridians. They contain asparagin, fats, proteins, some starches, and trace elements of calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. They are taken to tonify the spleen, reinforce the kidneys, and nourish the blood. Lotus seeds have astringent properties, and are consumed to help relieve the symptoms of diarrhea and improve appetite. Other conditions treated with lotus seeds include palpitations, insomnia, and irritability.
Prepackaged Ingredients are available at both Dr. Kwan's Integrative Chinese Medicine Clinic and SANDI Clinic. Leave us a message if you have any questions.
Thank you for making the Soup Powwow another success! We learned some useful tips from our powwow participants on how they make their favorite soups.
Each prepackaged ingredients has enough to make the soups twice! Unless you're making a huge pot of soup or tea, you don't have to use all of it.
Powwow Guest Recipes
Roasted Red Pepper-Carrot Soup courtesy of Linda S.
2HealingSoups presents the two soups for 1/23/2016 meetup:
For the first time and by popular request, we have prepared pre-packed dried ingredients for the soups. Both soup packs were available for purchased at the meetup. We have a few left so contact us if you're interested in purchasing the pre-packaged ingredients. $8 per bag or $15 for 2 bags (1 savory and 1 sweet soup). Ping us on the facebook group or leave us a comment.
For those who are looking for a classic soup that nourish the brain, promote hair growth and turning those gray hair back to your own hair color, this upcoming meet up would be of interest to you. The category of Kidney tonic soups not only help with hair color but helps with overall building up your Kidney energy for the Winter time.
We, Dr. Tao Kwan and Sandi Chiu, have convened to announce our 2016 Soup Meetup schedule. Thank you for everyone's participation last year and we're hoping to make it more rewarding this year by encourage you to make soups at home. To make this easier for you, at each meet up, we will have pre-packed ingredients (usually the harder to get items such as herbs and other dried ingredients) for sale between ~$5-$15 depending on the what ingredients was used.
To see the schedule, look on the Right hand column under the logo. Like always, we will post the recipes on the website after the event for those who cannot join us in person.
We are preparing a few gift ideas for you to give a gift of healing soup. Since the most difficult part of making healing soup is finding the ingredients and the appropriate recipes, we have made it easier for you bring healing soups home.
Sneak peak of our first option:
Beauty Tea Box: includes Gogi berries, Red dates, Long Yan Rou and a recipe on how to make the various teas and soups.
Our October meet up was back in Arcadia and we introduced two nourishing soups: one for beauty and one for strengthening immunity. Both soups are commonly seen in a Cantonese household and is one of the simpler soups to make at home.
Our upcoming soup meet up will be this upcoming Sunday, September 20, 4:00pm in Pasadena (at Tao's clinical office). Tao and Sandi will be featuring Fall seasonal soup that's popular in Cantonese kitchens. Tao will bring in a dessert soup and Sandi will bring in a savory broth. For this upcoming powwow session, we invite all attendees to bring in a healing soup that they make in their own kitchen and share the origin or inspiration for their soup. More details about the event is on the FB event's page.
Tao and Sandi has confirmed the first meet up to convene our friends, family and community who are passionate about healing soups on August 22, 2015, 4:00PM. Seats are limited to 10 people. You will also find the soup meetup schedule on the right hand column of this page. There are two categories for the meet ups: SOUPInfo and SOUPPow-wow.
We featured two of our favorites soups: 5 color soup and mung bean dessert. Recipes added below. Don't forget to join our Facebook group for the latest updates and meetups: www.facebook.com/groups/healingsoup
"We Share, We Care"
/2015 Soup Meetup Schedule
Sat 8/22 Info
Sun 9/20 Pow-wow
Sat 10/24 Info
Sat 11/21 Pow-wow
2016 Soup Meetup Schedule
Sat 1/23 Host Sharing
Sat 2/27 Pow-wow
Sat 3/19 Host-Sharing
Sat 4/23 Pow-wow
Sat 5/21 Host-Sharing
Sat 9/20 - Pasadena, CA
Sat 10/22 - Arcadia, CA
Reserve a spot via email or on our Facebook page!
2HealingSoups is hosted by two licensed Acupuncturists in California, Drs. Tao Kwan and Sandi Chiu, who share a passion in healing soups.
Dr. Kwan's Integrative Chinese Medicine
238 S. Arroyo Pkwy, Unit 140
Pasadena, CA 91105
60 Alta Street, Suite 103
Arcadia, CA 91006