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What is a Chinese confinement food menu like?

Right after giving birth, most Chinese mothers in Singapore would choose to have nourishing dishes for at least a month to recover their body, these special dishes are commonly referred to as confinement foods. So what does a typical Chinese confinement food menu look like? Let’s find out!

In terms of ingredients, for those who are familiar with the common confinement food Singapore mothers eat, ingredients like Chinese herbs, ginger, red dates, sesame oil, and Chinese rice wine may first come to mind. While these are indeed common ingredients used in a lot of traditional Chinese confinement food, the Chinese confinement diet actually offers so much more than these!

Chinese confinement food also incorporates a variety of fresh whole foods, for instance:

  • Meat and protein: pork, fish, chicken, offal, tofu, black beans, red beans, soy beans
  • Leafy Greens: shanghai green, amaranth, broccoli, lettuce, kailan, spinach
  • Other vegetables: Pumpkin, lotus root, mushrooms, okra, gourds
  • Rice and noodles: Brown rice, white rice, vermicelli, noodles

Now that’s quite an extensive range of ingredients, isn’t it! Not only do these ingredients give more variety of taste, texture and colour to the meal, they also provide their own unique nutrients to help you with postpartum recovery and breast milk production.

In terms of cooking method, Chinese confinement foods are commonly prepared using methods like stir-frying, braising, steaming and boiling. Frying is usually avoided to prevent causing indigestion and inflammation to mothers’ postpartum wounds.

Some of the all time favourite, classic confinement dishes that are prepared using the ingredients and methods mentioned above are:

  • Braised Pork Trotter in Black Vinegar 猪脚醋
  • Braised Sesame Oil Chicken 麻油鸡
  • Green Papaya Fish Soup 青木瓜鱼汤
  • Ginger Fried Rice 麻油姜蓉炒饭
  • Red Glutinous Rice Wine Chicken Mee Sua 红糟鸡面线
  • Shi Quan Tonic Soup Recipe 十全大补汤
What are the benefits of having Chinese confinement food?

In general, confinement food provides postpartum mothers the following benefits:

  • Promote postpartum recovery, including physical and mental recovery
  • Eases breastfeeding by helping to improve milk flow and milk supply

At Tian Wei Signature, we offer more than these benefits on our confinement meal Singapore menu. Tian Wei Signature confinement food menu is carefully reviewed by our in-house dietitian to not only help mothers promote postpartum recovery, increase milk supply, but also help make the mothers’ breast milk more nutritious to support their babies’ development. We do this by incorporating a variety of fresh ingredients in every meal that nourishes you with essential nutrients. Here’s how these nutrients benefits both you, and your newborn through breast milk:

  1. Vitamin A
  2. For You:

    • Helps form good eyesight
    • Improves collagen formation to promote wound healing around the genital and caesarean area after labour

    For Your Baby:

    • Helps develop healthy vision
  3. Vitamin B1
  4. For You:

    • Keep you energised to support your nerve, muscle, and heart function
    • Helps support a good immune systemr

    For Your Baby:

    • Helps support a good immune system
  5. Vitamin B6
  6. For You:

    • Helps support a good immune system

    For Your Baby:

    • Helps support healthy brain development and good immune system
  7. Vitamin C
  8. For You:

    • Helps you absorb iron better to build healthy red blood cells
    • Improves collagen formation to promote wound healing around the genital and caesarean area after labour

    For Your Baby:

    • Important for growth of collagen, skin, teeth, bones, joint tissues and blood vessels
  9. Vitamin D
  10. For You and Your Baby

    • Supports bones and teeth growth, as well as the immune system
  11. Vitamin E
  12. For You:

    • An antioxidant that helps to prevent damage to body tissues and reduce inflammation, which over time lowers risks of various medical conditions

    For Your Baby:

    • An antioxidant that helps to keep nerve cells and red blood cells healthy
  13. Folate
  14. For You:

    • Maintains healthy cells and helps build healthy red blood cells and prevent anaemia
    • Maintains maternal folate stores to meet the increased demand during breastfeeding

    For Your Baby:

    • Maintains healthy cells and supports brain development
  15. Iron
  16. For You:

    • Helps supply oxygen throughout your body by developing red blood cells
    • Improves collagen formation to promote wound healing around the genital and caesarean area after labour
  17. Fibre
  18. For You:

    • Supports healthy bowel system
    • Promote good bacteria in breast milk to support healthy bowel system in newborn
    • Helps build healthy gut for a good immune system

    For Your Baby:

    • Supports healthy bowel system
  19. Calcium
  20. For You:

    • Helps build strong and healthy bones
    • Reduces risk of brittle bones in later years
    • Helps to ensure your calcium level is restored as you continuously produce breast milk for your newborn
  21. Protein
  22. For You:

    • Repairs cells and body tissues
    • Builds antibodies to support a good immune system
    • Helps maintain muscle mass while you recover and breastfeed
What Chinese confinement food do we serve on our menu?

At Tian Wei Signature, we keep your confinement food experience nourishing and interesting with a wide variety of fusion and traditional Chinese confinement food.

Featuring over 100 dishes with minimal repetition, our Chinese confinement food menu itself offers an extensive range of classic Chinese confinement meals, along with more comforting Chinese confinement meals that our chef and dietitian thoughtfully curated for you!

We serve signature Chinese confinement food including:

  • Red Fermented Wine Chicken 红糟鸡
  • Stir Fried Pork And Kidney With Ginger And Sesame Oil 姜丝麻油炒肉片腰子
  • Braised Pork Trotter in Black Vinegar 猪脚醋
  • Braised Sesame Oil Chicken 麻油鸡
  • Eight Treasure Pork Ribs Soup 八珍排骨汤
  • Braised Chicken With Black Fungus And Danggui 当归木耳焖鸡
  • Stir Fried Broccoli With Ginger And Twin Fungus 姜丝双木耳炒西兰花

In the meantime, you can also enjoy more creative Chinese confinement food from us, made with the same nourishing ingredients, including:

  • Braised Pork Ball in Brown Sauce 红烧狮子头
  • Fortune Herbal Chicken 贵妃鸡
  • Stir Fried Red Date Lotus Root And Snow Pea 红枣莲藕雪豌豆
  • Tofu and Abalone with Celtuce 莴笋鲍鱼扒豆腐
  • Steamed White Pepper Tofu with Minced Meat and Chinese Yam 山药白胡椒肉碎豆腐
  • Pork Chop with Shiitake Mushroom and Lotus Root 冬菇莲藕焖猪扒
  • Braised Fish Fillet 红烧鱼柳
  • Apple White Fungus Pork Rib Soup 苹果银耳排骨汤

…and many more! The variety you’ll enjoy is endless! To learn more about your menu before ordering, simply enter your estimated date of delivery (EDD) on this same webpage and you’ll get to view the full menu.

More About Our Confinement Food Delivery Service

Tian Wei Signature’s confinement food menu is dietitian-guided to provide you a well-balanced and nutritious confinement diet. On top of that, we serve you a variety of fusion and traditional Chinese confinement food, so that you won’t get bored of having the same food every day.

Also, our confinement food menu is breastfeeding-friendly as we incorporated four major lactogenic ingredients across our menu, namely ginger, garlic, green papaya and fenugreek.

Each of our meal sets includes a staple (rice or noodles), meat dish, vegetable dish,herbal soup (for traditional meal) or warm dessert (for fusion meal), and a cup of red dates tea.

Your soups, desserts, and red dates tea will be served in thermal flasks, while the rest of your meal set will be served in biodegradable containers. And all of them will be packed in a thermal bag, so that you’ll receive your meals warm and fresh every time!

With our convenient doorstep delivery during lunch and dinner everyday, you can enjoy a nourishing and hassle-free postpartum recovery journey!

Learn more about our confinement food packages and price here.

Commonly Asked Questions

  • Excessive blood loss and a woman’s “qi” may be drained during childbirth, leaving yourself vulnerable to illness and risk of malnutrition. Aside from being easily susceptible to common ailments like backaches, the weak condition of the body could also pose potential long-term health problems. Taking care of your newborn while recovering from childbirth could also make you feel tired and easily.

    Hence, it is important to have a nutritious diet during confinement with dishes specially formulated to improve your postpartum recovery and keep you energised. If you are breastfeeding, it also helps in improving milk supply.

  • Eat a well-balanced confinement diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals. A general guide is to fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables, a quarter with whole grains, and a quarter with meat or other protein.

    In terms of nutrients, it’s best for your confinement food menu to include the following to promote postpartum recovery and breastfeeding: vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, folate, iron, fibre, calcium, protein.

    Furthermore, having Chinese confinement soups and herbal confinement soups is also traditionally believed to help replenish “qi”, improve milk supply and boost recovery.

  • Unfortunately, we do not have vegetarian options available at the moment.

  • Our fusion and Chinese confinement food menu consists mainly of traditional Chinese dishes, with some fusion meals served occasionally to keep your confinement diet interesting.

    Hence, while we are able to serve a traditional-food-only menu, we are sorry to inform you that fusion-only menu is not available.

    Our confinement meal menu is planned by our dietitian and chef to include traditional and fusion meals that work together to offer you well-balanced nutrients.

    Not to mention our traditional meals also contain Chinese herbs and nutritious ingredients like pork and leafy greens to help you with wound recovery and replenish blood.

  • You can view your detailed TianWei confinement menu by entering your estimated delivery date (EDD) above and click “View Menu”. You will then be able to view every dish in your daily lunch and dinner sets. Each day of the Tian Wei Confinement Menu has the date stated above for your easy reference.

  • Of course! We can leave out any ingredients that you prefer not to have in your confinement meal menu. That said, we highly recommend you to have all the ingredients we serve, as our menu is planned with our dietitian to be well-balanced and help you in recovery and breastfeeding.

    For example, we use offal and fish to help you get enough iron, vitamin A and omega 3 to speed up your wound healing, which other types of protein (a.k.a. meat) may not provide as much, so avoiding certain ingredients may reduce your intake of these essential nutrients.

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