Growing up in a traditional Chinese household, my mother was always nourishing our family with various teas and soups. She has always taught me to take care of my body, and most importantly, preserving beauty and nourishing my feminine Yin. My after-school meal definitely didn't look anything like a Capri-Sun PB&J situation, but various blends of red bean soups and chinese date infused teas, great for stimulating blood circulation and keeping my body warm inside and out. Here is something simple that you can try at home!
What is in this soup and why is it good for you?
A Yin nourishing food, this white edible dried mushroom that has been used in traditional Chinese Medicine is great for nourishing and moistening the lungs, especially since they dry out in the winter. Since it is super cold outside, our bodies are also generating lots of heat inside, so this ingredient is super helpful in reducing "heat" in the body. Best for those with dry cough and want to nourish their Yin in the colder months, 2-3 times a week!
Ingredients for [ 2 ] Servings
25 g white ear fungus, 8 Chinese red dates, 10 goji berries, 70 g pure rock sugar, 1/2 asian pear (peeled and cubed)
 soak snow white ear fungus in a large bowl of warm water until it is soft
 once gelatinous, cut off the yellow ends
 in a large soup pot, combine everything (set goji aside). add clean water so it rises 2 inches above the white ear fungus.
 bring water to a boil and cook for at least 40 minutes
 add goji berries and pear cubes, simmer for another 5-7 minutes until pear is soft and tender.
 Enjoy warm, or at room temperature
Pro tip: make a big batch, and store it in the fridge in a a few 1 L mason jars. Take them out and leave at room temp when you're ready to eat!
My earliest memories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) began in the living room of my childhood home, where my dad, Dr. Sun, held his first Acupuncture space. At a young age, I saw the myriad of herbs he would pull together for his patients. Our basement was an apothecary, our kitchen filled with my pieces from my Operator set, and the living room served patients. After immigrating to New York City from Shanghai in the 1970s, my parents, like many other immigrants of New York, left everything they ever knew, to build a brand new life from scratch.
As a first generation American-born-Chinese kid growing up in NYC, it was hard to understand why my parents didn't pack me Capri-suns and Fig Newtons in my lunchbox. Instead of letting me wear short-shorts and slurp Ralph's Italian ices all Summer long, I was taught to always drinking warm water no matter what, make sure my feet were never freezing cold, and to listen to my body and treat it well.
While having practiced Chinese Medicine for a lifetime with my dad, it wasn't until a few years ago that I truly started to feel like I wanted to step into this world and be a champion of this beautiful, complex, and deeply connected world of ancient healing and wisdom. My friends and family were all beginning to seek holistic and alternative forms of health, and they would come to me and I would send them to my dad.
My turning point came when I saw the wellness industry seem to explode with all sorts of Qi Balancing, Yin Boosting, He Shou Wu touting products for this-that-and the other. Appalled by the lack of direction consumers face today in navigating "what wellness products should I take and why", I felt the need to step up and bring clear and medically supported guidance in navigating the natural way to being well.
I am making a step towards building a lineage of Traditional Healers and continuing the legacy that my dad, Dr. Sun, has created. This is inspired by a life long learning of my own culture and heritage that came thousands of years before me. And together we will learn, appreciate, and share the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Welcome to a world of inspiration: here to teach you how to listen to your body, feed it what it needs, and give you the tools to understand how to rebalance the yin to your yang with everyday foods.
Modern Chinese Wellness, from my family to yours.
- Jennifer Sun