Yakuzen (medicinal cooking) Recipe for a Healthy Mind and Body 〜Daylilies and black ear mushrooms soup

Yakuzen (medicinal cooking) Recipe for a Healthy Mind and Body 〜Daylilies and black ear mushrooms soup


“Daylilies,” which are a medicinal ingredient often used in Chinese cuisine, are actually the dried buds of Hemerocallis fulva, a plan from the lily family. They contribute in the making of blood and are effective in settling the mind. They also help to get rid of excess heat and water within the body, so they are recommended when the body needs to be cooled down.
Today’s recipe is a Japanese medicinal soup made with dried sardine broth. In Chinese cuisine, daylilies are often used in stir fries, but they are very tasty in soups as well.

Daylilies and black ear mushrooms soup

Ingredientes (4-5 servings)


Daylilies… 10g
Black ear mushrooms… 10g
Ginger… 10g
Spring onion…2 shoots
Chinese wolfberry… To taste
Salt… 1/ 2tsp
Pepper… A pinch
Sesame oil… 1tbsp
(Pork back ribs…120g)

[A]Soup stock… Immerse the ingredients and boil in advance.
Dried sardines…25g
Water… 1l


1) Put the dried sardines and kelp in 1l of water and turn on the fire. Once it boils, lower the fire, let cook for about 5 minutes and filter the soup. Cut the kelp in thin strips.
2) Wash the mushrooms and the daylilies. Soak the mushrooms in water to rehydrate them, remove the stem and cut into pieces of about 1cm. Rehydrate the daylilies in a cup of water, cut the hard part of the root and cut in halves. Keep the water. Peel the ginger and cut into thin strips. Cut the spring onion into small, one-bite sized pieces. Wash the Chinese wolfberries and soak in water to rehydrate.
3) Stir fry the ginger, the mushrooms and the daylilies.
4) Add the water left from rehydrating the daylilies to the soup stock you made in step 1) and bring to a boil. Once it boils, add 2) and 3) and cook for about 5 minutes. Skim the broth, and sprinkle salt and pepper.
5) Add the spring onion and Chinese wolfberries.

Yakuzen Info from Sakaguchi

Women’s bodies use large amounts of blood in menstruation, childbirth and nursing, so women tend to not have enough blood. The lack of blood can cause symptoms similar to those of anemia, such as dizziness and sluggishness, and has big impact on what we look like as well, causing “the hair and skin to become dry” and “the nails to break easily.”
“Daylilies” contain 10 to 20 times more iron than spinaches, and are effective in aiding the body to produce blood. This recipe also uses ear mushrooms, which have a detoxifying effect, to help also in cleansing the blood. Please be sure to try it!

Let’s introduce daylilies in our daily cooking and aim for a smooth skin, glossy hair and shiny nails!

Recipe by: Sumi Sakaguchi, expert in medicinal cooking.

sumi Sakaguchi

Representative of Kanpo Kitchen Inc. Professor at the Japanese branch of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Pioneer in researching about traditional Chinese medicinal cooking in Japan. She studied abroad in Beijing from 1991, becoming the first government sponsored Japanese student overseas. She holds lessons of medicinal cooking and does menu consultations for companies and municipalities. She did her research on the medicinal cooking records from the Qing Dinasty Court at the Xiyuan Hospital CACMS, at the graduate studies division of the Beijing University of Chinese medicine. She has also written numerous books including “Omedeta yakuzen (published by Shufunotomo Co.)” [Happy yakuzen] and “Seitaikou no anti-aging recipe (published by Shufunotomo Co.)” [The anti-aging recipes of Empress Dowager.] She loves China to the point that she went to study abroad there in 2012 with her 7 year old daughter.

Chisumi Sakaguchi’s book now has on sale in Taiwan

Chisumi Sakaguchi’s book “The Empress Xi’s Anti-Aging Recipes” now has a Chinese version on sale in Taiwan, published by Taiwan Television Culture Co (TTVC). Please give it a read.


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