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My Confinement Menu

Thursday, June 30, 2011

If you are curious about what I ate throughout my confinement, this is my weekly menu. I've received emails way before I even started posting about confinement,  asking about the food I eat or the food I recommend.
So, here is my menu for your reference. It may not be acceptable to some. So, do refer to the menu at your own discretion.

During my 2nd confinement (Lyanne's time), I prepared a menu too. My Confinement lady then took my menu back with my permission. She tried asking her other clients whether they want to follow my menu. They all shook their heads and said my menu is too modern for them, and stuck to Ginger Fried Rice and Ginger Wine Chicken. Much to the dismay of my confinement lady because she will be stuck to eat the same boring food as well. My confinement lady always enjoys her employment with me as she gets to enjoy variety and good food during these 4 weeks, and she always get to learn something new and brings new recipes back with her. My hubby says, I pay her to learn from me, haha. Well, depends on how you look at it. I'm pretty much ok.

Now, about my menu, I ate gingery, sesame oil rich foods during the day, and had less heaty foods for dinner. The reason is that, my whole family will be dining together, so the food must be more neutral for daily consumption. They will not be able to take in the same amount of ginger and sesame oil as much as I can. It's weird, believe it or not, if one is not in confinement, one will not be able to consume so much ginger and sesame oil on a daily basis for one month. You will be struck with sore throat for sure.

If you know people who don't believe in heaty or cooling foods, try this menu with them for 2 weeks, especially the lunch items. Then I'm sure they'd believe every word you once told them.

Most of the recipes are found in this blog. Please click on the dish's name to go to the recipe


Homemade Steamed Buns (Yeah, I made my own )

Lunch: (alternate weeks)
Chicken with Oyster Mushroom Soup  /  Chicken with black fungus and wine

Soup (alternate weeks)
Black Chicken Black Dates Soup  /  Shallot Pork Ribs/chicken Soup
Meat/Protein (choose one)
Turmeric Fried Fish Sweet and Sour Fish /  Ginger Fried Fish
Aubergine  / Celery / Loofah
Minced Meat Omelette/Egg FuYong



Breakfast: (Alternate weeks)
Ginger Chicken Porridge / Peanut Octopus Porridge

Lunch: (alternate weeks)
Ginger Chicken Porridge / Peanut Octopus Porridge
*I purposely arranged for an easy meal cooked in the morning to give my confinement lady time to prepare pickled ginger and papaya. These 2 full moon treats are time consuming to prepare.

Soup (alternate weeks)
Kelp and Beans Soup  /  Burdock Red Bean Soup
Meat/Protein (choose one)
Steamed chicken with Angelica  /  Fennel and Onion ChickenSteamed chicken with red dates / Three Cups Chicken
Brocolli  / Cauliflower
Tofu with minced meat / Palak tofu




Lunch: (alternate weeks)
Pork trotter in vinegar  /  Assam pork trotter / Black Vinegar Ribs

Soup (alternate weeks)
ABC Soup  /  Apple Soup / Papaya Pork Rib Soup
Meat/Protein (choose one)
Braised Chicken with Mushrooms and Fungus  /  Braised Chicken with Ginger  /  Chicken with sesame oil and bencurd stick
Spinach  / Sweet Potato Shoots
Steamed Eggs / three cups tofu



Sausage Eggs

Ginger Egg Fried Rice
Miyeok Guk 

Soup (alternate weeks)
Black Soy with Pork Ribs Soup  /  Pork Stomach Pepper Soup
Meat/Protein (choose one)
Cantonese Steamed Fish  /  Hot Bean Paste Steamed Fish  /  Mushroom Ginger Steamed Fish
Cabbage  / Amaranth (bayam)
Onion / Leek Omelette




Lunch: (alternate weeks)
Fish Soup with rice/noodles

Soup (alternate weeks)
Chicken Red Dates Soup  /  Chicken Feet Peanut Soup / Snakehead Fish Sweetcorn Soup
Meat/Protein (choose one)
Steamed Bean Paste Pork  /  Ginger Onion Stir Fried Pork  /  Turmeric Stir Fried Pork / Dangshen Pork Rib Stew
Long Beans  / French beans
Sunny side up eggs / omelette with minced meat gravy



Dry Tossed Noodles

Lunch: (alternate weeks)
Ginger Steamed Chicken 
Blanched vegetables

Main meal(choose one)
Hainanese Chicken Rice
Bak Kut Teh
Claypot Chicken Rice
ChoySum / Siew Pak Choy



French toasts

Lunch: (I wanted something family friendly for Sunday lunch, can be eaten anytime)
Fried noodles
Red Bean soup

Soup (alternate weeks)
Lotus Root Soup  /  Lean Pork Soup with Arrowroot and Octopus
Meat/Protein (choose one)
Fennel Thyme Honey Roasted Chicken  /  Fermented Beancurd Fried Chicken  /  Lemongrass Roasted Chicken / Ginger juice fried chicken
Rommaine lettuce  / Iceberg lettuce
Silken Tofu / Steamed tofu with enoki and beech mushrooms


And don't forget to have your daily dose of Chicken Essence for supper. A change of supper to Hasma with Red Dates will be nice. And some dessert like Double Boiled Papaya in Milk every now and then. And drink lots of Red Dates Tea to replenish liquids and vital nutrients.

Happy Confinement to those who are going to go through this period of time.
Enjoy yourself and not abuse yourself.

26 lovely notes:

Little Inbox June 30, 2011 at 12:06 PM  

I would say this is a month for you to enjoy. So many yummy confinement food.

Unknown June 30, 2011 at 12:08 PM  

U have made my confinement day cos I won't be bored and keep browsing ur blog every day during my confinement time in Oct. *_^

This Mama Loves... June 30, 2011 at 12:18 PM  

Thanks for sharing! Will be really useful for my first experience with a confinement lady in November! Congratulations by the way! :)

Umm Mymoonah June 30, 2011 at 12:24 PM  

Wow! The menu looks great, wish I was there too.

EE-Ching,  June 30, 2011 at 1:10 PM  

I would have passed this to my MIL if I had it 5 yrs ago. Love your menu and its variety! I'm definitely not one of those who like traditional confinement foods...and I totally agree to your comments of traditional beliefs. Keep up the good work..hope u get enough rest too!

Belly Good Cooking June 30, 2011 at 2:14 PM  

Wow, u're a very well organized person. I'm the ' lembik ' type that always goes by the ' leave it to the profesionals ' phrase, ha ha.

n i l e e y June 30, 2011 at 2:21 PM  

thanks for sharing, i will need this list within a couple more months' time :)

I wonder if my confinement lady will agree or not, but no harm asking.

Thanks again!

Small Kucing June 30, 2011 at 2:52 PM  

wa...so fabulous menu. Jealous

Honey Bee Sweets June 30, 2011 at 7:59 PM  

You sure are making some mother-to-be's life much easier with your list of confinement dishes! I wish I had such help online last time. ;P Anyway, happy eating and confinement!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover June 30, 2011 at 9:36 PM  

OMG, 1st time seeing a mother that enjoy so much during confinement , look at the foods you eating, so many varieties, no wonder you enjoy so much.

lena June 30, 2011 at 11:26 PM  

i think this is really useful for some who has no idea what to eat besides the normal confinement food. no copyright, eh?

cuteandcurls,  July 1, 2011 at 10:36 AM  

Hi there I found your blogsite from Google. Your confinement menu sounds great. I hope to use them after delivering my baby this August!! Thank you for sharing! I never knew about fenugreek consumed during pregnancy could cause early contractions ...because in curries im sure they use fenugreek in their cooking isnt it?

Shu Han July 1, 2011 at 5:04 PM  

hehehe i love confinement food. once very infamously said that i would gladly get pregnant (i'm only 20 now, single) just so i can eat pork trotters and sesame oil chicken everyday.


atlantisian July 6, 2011 at 4:21 PM  

wow, thats a pretty elaborated food, it almost sound as if your confinement period is a pure food enjoyment feast

WendyinKK July 6, 2011 at 4:50 PM  

cute and curls,
a lot of food will cause early contractions.
It's the amount that you eat.
I'm sure in curries, the amount is much less significant in the amount of fenugreek you pop in as capsules.

Actually, I do cook dinner 'this way' for my family. 3 dishes one soup. So, I'm only asking the CL to do as I do, nothing extra.

Anonymous,  July 14, 2011 at 10:00 AM  

Thanks Wendy for sharing! Such a variety of food everyday. Your confinement lady sounds very good, is she available end of Nov and willing to work in Singapore? I don't mind as during my first confinement I went through 4 different ladies in the space of 1 week (including 1 which never turn up!). Luckily the final one was a good one but she is unavailable during that period.


WendyinKK July 14, 2011 at 10:56 AM  

My CL even works in UK if someone there calls her to go. But pay in Pounds of course. LOL.
Email me if you want her contact. I don't know her schedule.
My CL didn't come up with this menu, but she is willing to follow.

Anonymous,  July 16, 2011 at 3:56 PM  

Hi Wendy! Have sent you an email. What I meant is that your CL is good in the sense she takes instructions from you and is kind of 'modern'. I don't eat pork or internal organs, ended up eating fish soup noodle and rice wine chicken for lunch and dinner for 1 month! So the variety your menu gives is very welcomed! Hopefully I can get your CL or whoever is doing it for me is willing to cook other things.


Anonymous,  September 21, 2012 at 11:03 PM  

My CL don allow me to have chicken only till 2weeks later.. My saliva are like drooling when I see your menu... Least your CL will listen and exchange advice.

WendyinKK September 22, 2012 at 4:19 PM  

Anonymous (pls leave a name),
Can eat chicken la, just eat hen and not cock.
But I dunno about other dialects, we Cantonese will eat. But avoid eggs and seafood for 2 weeks. Err.... I avoided eggs until I felt the stiches are no longer painful only.

Unknown December 26, 2012 at 9:05 PM  

Hi Wendy
Thanks for sharing. I really like your menu. I wondering if u could share with me the contact number of your confinement lady? Thanks

Anonymous,  February 13, 2013 at 3:57 PM  

Hi wendy

Don't mind sharing ur confinement lady contact number if you still have it.


Anonymous,  March 31, 2013 at 9:55 AM  

I'm doing my confinement now. Was all okay for 3 weeks till yesterday. I came down with sore throat. Does that mean its getting too heaty for me? I should have followed your schedule. Heaty during the day and less heaty at night!

WendyinKK March 31, 2013 at 2:56 PM  

I think you are overheated oredi.
I don't know how potent was your food, but not all people are the same.
Make sure the seeds are removed from whatever dates you consume and I do drink plain water as well.

Jess,  May 10, 2013 at 5:29 PM  

Hi! Glad to have found your post on confinement. As I'll be doing it alone this time(EDD in Nov'13), don't really recall what I ate the last time. Maybe only my hubby to help. I need to check with you somethings. Did you start the menu after 2 weeks? If so, what do you eat during the 1st 2 weeks? I heard for the 1st 2 weeks, we must eat light and not suppose to take tonic or so, until all cleared. Is that so? Thanks in advance.

WendyinKK May 13, 2013 at 1:43 PM  

For me, Just no tonic herbs until day 12.
I don't take much tonic herbs anyway, hehehe.
I eat according to the menu right after discharge and I eat everyting served to me in the hospital.
If you noticed, my menu is actually quite neutral.

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