6 Confinement Food Recipes To Boost Your Postpartum Immunity

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In Chinese tradition, confinement is an extremely important period for new mums and to recuperate their body after childbirth. It allows the new mum to take much-needed rest for an immunity boost to recover faster from the delivery.

It also helped that both the mother and baby remained indoors and under the care of the family. And even though science has made enough progress for women to have safe childbirth, it never hurts to adopt some of the traditional roots with modern science in a bid to boost the overall immunity levels of the mum and the baby.

That’s why we’ve listed six confinement food recipes that new mothers should try at home.

These recipes aren’t just about being healthy and nutritious, but they are tasty as well. And just in case you aren’t a new mum, you can always try them at home to give your immunity a natural boost.

6 Immunity Boosting Confinement Food Recipes To Try

1. Milkfish and Green Papaya Soup

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confinement food recipes

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This Chinese-style soup with slices of fish and green papaya can be consumed daily and helps boost the production of breastmilk.

The milkfish also has a less ‘fishy’ smell and taste but packs all the nutrients that fishes have to offer. Its certainly a must-add to your postpartum diet.


  • Cooking oil – 2 tbsp

  • Milkfish – 2 pieces

  • Ginger – 8 slices

  • Red dates – 20 g

  • Peanuts – 50 g

  • Water – 3.4 litres

  • Green papaya -1 kg cut into cubes

  • Salt – to taste

  • Muslin bag


  1. Add cooking oil to a pan and fry both pieces of the milkfish.

  2. Add four ginger slices and pan-fry until the fish turn golden brown.

  3. Transfer the fried fish into a muslin bag and let it rest in a pot.

  4. Add red dates to the pot along with ginger slices, peanuts and boiling water.

  5. Cover with a lid and let all the ingredients boil for one hour until the water turns murky.

  6. Remove the muslin bags with the fish and store them aside.

  7. Add the diced green papaya pieces and boil for another 15-20 minutes.

  8. Season the soup with some salt and serve in a bowl immediately.

2. Red Glutinous Rice Wine Chicken Mee Sua

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confinement food recipes

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This recipe is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties with ingredients like sesame oil, ginger, ride wine, and more, all of which help in the wellbeing and recovery of mothers during the postpartum period.

These are collectively rich in unsaturated fats, help maintain bone health, and fight off free radicals. Food items like ginger are also known as galactagogue and help boost breastmilk production.


  • Chicken drumsticks – 2 lbs

  • Foo Chow Red Wine – 3 cups

  • Sesame oil – 1 tbsp

  • Fresh ginger peeled and thinly sliced – 1-inch

  • Red Yeast Rice – 1 tbsp

  • Mee sua noodles or use somen noodles – 8 bundles

  • Salt to taste

  • A small pinch of sugar optional

  • Fresh cilantro leaves

  • Chopped green onions


  1. Marinate the chicken for 15 minutes with red wine lees, rice wine, ginger juice, and light soy sauce.

  2. Add sesame oil to a pan and then thin slices of ginger.

  3. Fry until the slices turn crispy and fragrant, then drain and set aside.

  4. In the same pan, add the marinated chicken drumsticks and fry until they turn light brown.

  5. Add more of the red wine lees followed by rice wine add salt according to your taste preference.

  6. Stir and mix everything evenly and let it simmer for 15 minutes until the chicken turns soft and tender

  7. In another pan, add the mee sua to boiling water and blanch for one minute.

  8. Drain off water and transfer the mee sua into the individual serving bowl.

  9. Portion our chicken pieces and ladle them with some hot soup and with some of the red yeast rice, if preferred.

  10. Garnish with chopped green onions and cilantro leaves.

3. Ginger Fried Rice

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confinement food recipes

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This one of the easiest confinement food recipes to prepare and packs lots of nutrition to support your recovering body. The recipe has ample ginger and sesame oil that also helps build inner immunity against cold weather.

Plus, the anti0inflammatory properties will help your body heal faster.


  • Cooked white long-grain or jasmine rice – 2 cups

  • Chopped chicken fillets – 260 g

  • Cooking oil divided – 2 tbsp

  • Large eggs – 2

  • Mixed vegetables thawed if frozen – 1 cup


  • Grated ginger – 1 tbsp

  • Sesame oil – 1 tsp

  • 1 stalk green onion finely sliced


  1. Marinate the chicken with salt and cooking wine, cornstarch, sesame oil, and mix well.

  2. Leave the marination for 15 minutes

  3. Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl with a little bit of salt and pour the mixture over pre-cooked rice and mix evenly.

  4. Pour cooking oil into a pan and fry the beaten eggs. Stir fry until cooked. Set aside.

  5. Add minced ginger to the same pan followed by garlic and stir until fragrant.

  6. Add the marinated chicken to the pan and stir fry until cooked.

  7. Pour the rice mixture, mix well and stir constantly to avoid the rice sticking to the pan.

  8. Top up the fried rice with light soy sauce and salt to taste, as well as sesame oil and mix it well.

  9. Add in cooked eggs and pepper.

  10. Garnish it with sliced green onion and fried garlic strands.

4. Pork Liver with Scallions & Wolfberries

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confinement food recipes

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Get a boost of nutrition with this recipe that packs vitamins and minerals from pork liver. It’s considered one of the best confinement food recipes not just for recovering mums but also for women on their periods or anyone in need of an immune system boost.


  • Pork liver – 320 g thinly sliced

  • Cooking oil – 1/4 cup

  • Ginger strips – 60 g

  • Chicken powder

  • Wolfberries – 10 g

  • Rice wine – 50 ml

  • Ginger juice

  • Light soy sauce

  • Scallion – 4 stalks

  • Salt

  • Pepper


  1. Remove blood and impurities from the pork liver by adding flour and rub gently.

  2. Add the cooking wine and mix well and let it marinate for 15 minutes.

  3. Rinse and drain the liver.

  4. Add salt, pepper, chicken powder, rice wine, ginger juice, light soy sauce, and mix well.

  5. Add cornstarch to the mixture followed by sesame oil and leave it to marinate

  6. Meanwhile, fry the ginger strips and set them aside once they turn light brown.

  7. In the same pan, add minced ginger and garlic and stir fry until fragrant.

  8. Add the marinated pork liver and stir fry for about two minutes.

  9. Add the wolfberries, rice wine and stir fry until just cooked.

  10. Top the pork liver with sliced scallions and mix well.

  11. Garnish with the fried ginger strands

5. Black Vinegar Pig Trotter

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confinement food recipes

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This dish is as common as it gets with confinement food recipes, courtesy of its great nutritional support are have abundant proteins. It’s also great at boosting the immune system for anyone who is feeling under the weather. Make this at home and restore lost energy.


  • Pork trotter – 1 whole (1.2 kg that’s cut into smaller pieces)

  • Old ginger – 150 g (sliced)

  • Young ginger – 200 g (sliced)

  • Sweet vinegar – 750 ml

  • Black rice vinegar – 300 ml

  • Sesame oil – 3 tbsp

  • Scallions – 3 stalks

  • Palm sugar – 200 g

  • Boiled eggs – 6

  • Scallions – 3 stalks


  1. Put the pork trotter pieces with scallions in a skillet pan.

  2. Add water until the pork trotter is fully covered.

  3. Bring it to a boil until the scums from the pork float.

  4. Drain and wash the pork.

  5. Add boiling water until the pork is fully covered and bring it to a boil for the second time until the scums float.

  6. Drain and wash the pork.

  7. In the same skillet, add old ginger, young ginger and stir until fragrant.

  8. Add the blanched pork trotter next and stir fry until it’s slightly brown and fragrant.

  9. Transfer the pork into a deep pot and add sweet vinegar and black vinegar.

  10. Let it braise for one hour.

  11. Add palm sugar and six boiled eggs and let it all cook for 10 minutes.

  12. Serve the pork trotter in an individual bowl with a boiled egg and add top it up with some soup. Garnish using coriander and enjoy.

6. Stir-Fried Pork with Mushrooms

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confinement food recipes

Image Source: The Meatmen Channel on YouTube

This recipe is exactly what you’d want to eat when you have midnight food cravings. The dish is packed with ginger and mushrooms, and there’s plenty of flavours to keep your taste buds happy.

But more importantly it active anti-inflammatory and rich fibre and protein ingredients make it a go-to confinement food. Together, these help to provide energy and heal the body faster.


  • Pork shoulder – 380 g (sliced thinly into shreds)

  • Ginger – 30 g (sliced thinly into match-sticks)

  • Minced garlic – 1 tbsp

  • Shimeji mushrooms – 75 g

  • Oyster mushrooms – 75 g

  • Sesame oil – 3 tbsp

  • Cornstarch solution – 1 tbsp cornstarch with 1 tbsp water

  • Light soy sauce – 2 tbsp

  • Mushroom seasoning – 1 tsp

  • tsp Sugar – 1/2 tsp

  • Shaoxing rice wine – 3 tbsp


  1. Heat the sesame oil and stir fry ginger slices until they turn fragrant and brown.

  2. Push it aside and add in minced garlic and stir fry until fragrant.

  3. Add in pork slices, mushrooms stir fry constantly until cooked.

  4. Continue to stir fry and add in light soy sauce, mushrooms seasonings, sugar and rice wine, and mix all the ingredients well.

  5. Add in cornstarch solution to thicken the sauce.

  6. Garnish with spring onion

  7. Dish up and serve hot with rice.

Remember, it is important for you to eat a balanced diet and pay attention to your nutrition. Since these meals are simple to make and packed full of nutrition and fibre, they will help energise you and fuel you through the day.

Finally, always stay connected to your family, friends and support system and draw on their strengths as a community to help nurture you on the path to recovery.

The most important point to note is that at the end of the day this journey is yours: What works for someone else may not always work for you.


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