Traditional Confinement Dishes With A Modern Twist!

Traditional Confinement Dishes With A Modern Twist!

When we talk about confinement food, a number of classic dishes come to mind, including braised pork trotter in black vinegar, sesame oil chicken, and stir-fried pork intestines with sliced ginger. These dishes are prepared with recipes passed down from generations and specially prepared to aid new mothers in replenishing their bodies after childbirth. 

It is said that a mother loses most of her energy and strength during childbirth and becomes very weak. She then has to ensure that she regains her health by taking extra care and consuming the right foods for at least 28 days after giving birth. This period is known as the confinement period.

Regardless of how long your confinement time is, hiring a service that provides confinement cuisine in Singapore may take the strain off new mothers, allowing you to obtain all the nutrients you need (some confinement meals are even intended to assist in establishing breastfeeding production!).

This service will allow you to devote your full focus to your new baby while adjusting to motherhood. Looking for confinement meal delivery in fusion and traditional Chinese cuisines

So, why do you need one?

Confinement Food

“Wind”. The age-old culprit that traditional Chinese confinement procedures have worked hard to keep away from healing moms. Chinese confinement practices and diets include many things, from having meals that integrate components like ginger to wine and sesame oil, but simplicity isn’t one of the things incorporated.

When you are a mother in confinement, you will notice several things competing for your attention. This is in addition to the necessity to recover after a difficult pregnancy and delivery.

During this time, cooking your food may be difficult and time-consuming. Previously, many women relied on a family member to cook for them, but there is now a simpler and more convenient option – you may use a confinement meal delivery service (or sometimes called confinement food tingkat service).

What benefits can having this service get you?


Having a Balanced Diet

For moms who are recuperating and mending, a well-balanced diet is crucial. It’s also important to consider how the food is prepared and cooked. Less deep-fried and healthier cooking methods like steamed, braised, or stewed are preferred as lesser oils are used. Double-boiled soups are a gentler cooking method where the food structure is minimally affected. 

Convenient and Saves Time

Caring for a newborn will need a large amount of time and attention. This also necessitates feeding and changing your child every couple of hours.

When mealtimes approach, having a hot meal ready for you will be such a comfort and convenience. This is because you will not have to focus on meal preparations in addition to your obligations as a mother.

Having your meals brought to you allows you to spend more time with yourself and relax. Whether you gave birth vaginally or by caesarean section, rest is vital during recovery.

Promotes Lactation

A well-planned confinement diet helps a mother nourish herself as she nourishes her baby with breast milk. Although various factors influence milk production, the foods you consume during nursing can assist in optimising breastfeeding, especially in breast milk quality. 

Eating well helps ensure nutrients that maternal intakes are affected to be adequate in her breast milk.

Breastfeeding-inducing foods have long been used to stimulate lactation in various cultures. Tian Wei Signature’s confinement menu now includes traditional lactogenic ingredients such as fenugreek, green papaya, garlic, and ginger. This can aid you in your breastfeeding journey.

Less Stress and More Time For Your Baby

Your confinement period should be spent bonding with your newborn kid as well as healing. This is sometimes easier said than done, especially when juggling your everyday obligations while caring for your child and yourself.

You can cross another item off your to-do list when you arrange confinement meal delivery. Since you won’t have to worry about your meals, you’ll have more time to focus on your child and yourself.

Bonding with your kid by spending time with them will greatly enhance your mental health and your infant’s growth.

Promotes Healing and Recovery

In order for your body to recuperate from delivery, your immune system must function at its best. This means consuming adequate protein and various immune-boosting fruits and vegetables is vital.

Some nutrients that can help your immune system include vitamin C, D, zinc, iron, folate, and protein. 

At this point, let’s see if Tian Wei Signature’s confinement fusion food is suitable for confining mothers.

Is your Japanese/ Mediterranean food suitable for confinement?

Absolutely! Our dietitian and chef have carefully reviewed dishes created in these styles and have made sure to include nutritious ingredients that help with recovery and breastfeeding. Although made in different cuisines, dishes are prepared with traditionally used ingredients to bring out the best confinement food and nutrition while keeping it interesting. Who said confinement food had to be boring?

Is Tian Wei Signature’s fusion food suitable for mummies who have just undergone childbirth?

Our dishes are a mixture of traditional and fusion food that use ingredients that aid recovery and breastfeeding. Our chef and dietitian understand the importance of nutrition and how important certain ingredients are, so everything that goes into each of our dishes is carefully reviewed by both of them to ensure the food is nourishing and balanced.

What ingredients exactly do you use in Mediterranean and Japanese dishes?

Our fusion dishes are simply cooked in a different style of cooking, i.e. Mediterranean and Japanese. We believe the best confinement food is not limited to any cuisine, but the secret lies in the ingredients. Hence, the ingredients sourced for our food are still traditionally used in local confinement food as they are fantastic for confinement recovery and breastfeeding. Our chef and dietitian select and present them in a scrumptious yet nutritious manner.

For instance, one of our Japanese dishes, Goma-ae Grilled Chicken, is high in Vitamin C to promote wound healing and help you absorb iron better to build healthy red blood cells, among many other benefits. Furthermore, this dish contains magnesium, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 to benefit the mother and her newborn through breast milk.

As for a Mediterranean dish, let us introduce the Seared Salmon with Cauliflower Cream and Tri Colour Grains. One of our popular options features salmon, which is an amazing source of omega-3, protein, and essential minerals, and cherry tomatoes that are high in vitamin C, which promotes wound healing for the mother and the growth of collagen, skin, bones, and teeth for the nursing baby.

Will I get the same nourishment with your fusion food?

Yes, you will!. Although we use traditionally preferred ingredients in the dishes, we incorporate some other ingredients that do not particularly fall under the traditional category but are nutritious and superb additions, such as salmon, broccoli, and cherry tomatoes.

How do I know if your fusion food is suitable for me?

The best way to know is to try it for yourself. But if you’re wary, a little research goes a long way. And one of the best ways would be to read through our confinement food Singapore review to know what our past customers say about our food and services.

Or you can opt for one of our 2 trial meal sets:-

  • Signature Trial for 3 bite-sized fusion dishes and 3 bite-sized traditional dishes along with rice, soup, dessert and drink, or
  • Normal Trial for the meal being served on the delivery day, which would be a traditional or a fusion meal.

And if you have food allergies or do not consume certain ingredients, you can always look through our menu to find out what dishes we offer every week, and then inform us, and we will leave out those ingredients. However, if there are no concerns about food allergies, we do recommend you consume each dish as a whole, as the ingredients have been specially selected to bring you nourishment for your recovery and breastfeeding journey.

What kind of food are mothers traditionally encouraged to consume during their confinement?

Traditionally, a typical confinement food recipe consists of a few main ingredients: vinegar, ginger, red dates, angelica root, sesame oil and rice wine. All these ingredients are traditionally believed to come with warming and healing properties that can help to boost the body’s recovery. However, after consuming the same types of dishes for a couple of weeks, some mommies might start to get bored and crave for some other varieties.

So, what does “traditional” confinement food taste like?

Depending on personal food preferences, some mothers may prefer to avoid the taste of traditional Chinese confinement food. Some may find that the taste and smell of vinegar could be stronger for their liking, while others may not like the stinging taste of ginger. While consuming the right nutrition is important during confinement, your meals should also taste appetising to improve nutrient absorption. 

Confinement meals have evolved to be not strictly limited to Chinese dishes like red fermented wine chicken and pork trotters in black vinegar. As long as the essential nutrients are included, and safe ingredients are used, you can cook up any dish to suit your taste buds. You might wonder how to cook confinement food with a more modern taste while keeping it nutritious. Leave it to Tian Wei Signature! 

What is the difference between Tian Wei Signature and other confinement food caterers?

Today, you can find companies that offer confinement meal services like Tian Wei Signature. Unlike other confinement meals, we offer confinement meal services by serving you a wide range of fusion and traditional confinement food.

On top of traditional confinement dishes, we add a mix of fusion dishes to keep your confinement food interesting. These fusion confinement dishes are prepared with a modern twist in flavour and presentation but maintain the essential nutrition for your postpartum recovery and breastfeeding needs.

If you look at our online menu, you will notice that Tian Wei Signature serves dishes that use salmon, chicken, pork ribs, and vegetables, all cooked in varying styles. Tian Wei Signature also alternates between different types of grains like barley millet, quinoa and brown rice so that customers get a different meal experience for each meal.

We hope to answer your questions about our fusion and traditional dishes! Let us introduce to you our popular fusion and traditional dishes you can try at Tian Wei Signature.

Traditional Confinement Dishes at Tian Wei Signature

Steamed Wolf-berries Pork Ribs With Red Dates And Black Bean Sauce

Pork ribs are an important confinement food for new mothers in many cultures. After giving birth, a woman’s body is weak and needs time to recover. As a great source of protein, eating pork ribs helps to replenish the energy and strength of muscles. On the other hand, iron in the meat helps to build up red blood cells.

Mothers in post-pregnancy confinement are also often advised to consume wolf-berries. These small, tart fruits are rich in vitamins A and C, essential to promote wound healing and skin health.

Red Date Tea 

Red date tea is a herbal tea made with red dates, goji berries and longan fruit. It is rich in vitamins and minerals and has traditionally been used to help new mothers recover from childbirth. Red date tea is believed to help reduce fatigue and improve circulation because of iron.

In Chinese Medicine, it is said that “a woman’s body is like a painting”. A woman must be delicately taken care of – especially when she has just given birth. After childbirth, a mother’s Yin energy levels are depleted, and she needs to consume warming and nourishing foods to build her energy back up. 

This is where red dates come in. Red dates are traditionally used in Chinese Medicine as Qi and Blood tonic. It is traditionally believed to be “warming” and may give a calming effect. Hence many people use it to relax and have better sleep. Red dates can be cooked in many ways – they can be added to soups or even made into tea. However you choose to have them, red dates are an important part of postnatal care for mothers in Chinese tradition.

Gingko Lotus Seed Pig Stomach Soup

This lotus seed soup is made from a mixture of lotus seed, ginkgo, pig stomach, pork ribs, wolfberries and yu zhu herb. Lotus seeds are often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for their nutritional value and healing properties. They are a good source of protein, essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals and are known to be helpful in restoring energy levels. For mothers going through the post-pregnancy confinement period, lotus seeds can help nourish the kidneys and spleen.

In addition, lotus seeds are thought to promote better sleep and calm the mind, which can be helpful for new mothers who may be struggling with sleep deprivation. Lotus root is a fibre source essential for supporting a healthy gut. Overall, lotus seeds can be a valuable part of post-pregnancy care for mothers who want to restore their health and energy levels.

Nourishing And Beautifying Chicken Soup

Chicken soup needs no introduction; this soup is light but nourishing. It is a beloved dish around the world for its nourishing properties with ingredients like white fungus, red dates, wolfberries, yu zhu lily, Chinese yam, and chicken. Chicken soup is thought to help replenish lost energy and boost immunity due to its anti-inflammatory effects for new mothers in confinement. 

This soup is traditionally known to be great for the skin due to its pairing with white fungus. White fungus, when cooked, has a gelatinous and soft texture. Its Traditional Chinese Medicine function is to moisten the lungs and stomach. It relieves thirst, dry mouth, and dry skin and prevents constipation. White fungus contains a form of plant collagen and some amino acids that are part of the building blocks of collagen. One study found it could reduce water and collagen loss in the skin in mice. Although more research and evidence are still needed, especially in human trials, it can be used as a potential functional food supplement for skin protection function.

Lemongrass Fenugreek Braised Fish Fillet

New mothers are traditionally confined to their homes for a month after giving birth. During this time, they consume a warming and nutrient-rich diet designed to help their bodies recover from the birthing process. Fish is a common ingredient in postnatal diets, as it is believed to be especially beneficial for new mothers. Fish is a good source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutrients that can help support postnatal mothers’ recovery. Omega 3-DHA particularly helps to not only support brain development in babies via breast milk but it also helps to reduce the risk of postpartum depression in mothers.

This dish is made with fenugreek, also known as a traditional lactogenic food ingredient commonly used among mothers to increase breast milk supply. For all these reasons, fish plays an important role in postnatal care in many cultures around the world.

Fusion Confinement Dishes at Tian Wei Signature

By now, you may be wondering, what are the fusion dishes served at Tian Wei Signature? Our fusion dishes mainly consist of Mediterranean fusion and Japanese fusion confinement food. Here are some of our most well-loved fusion confinement dishes:

Kurobuta Pork Loin with Apple Mirin Sauce and Spaghetti

Kurobuta Pork Loin with Apple Mirin Sauce and Spaghetti

This Japanese fusion confinement food is a well-balanced meal consisting of pork loin, apples, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, baby corn, and carrots, paired with tangy and savoury spaghetti, a break from the usual rice. Pork loins contain vitamin B1, which gives you the energy to support your nerve, muscle, and heart function. Your little one can also benefit from vitamin B1 through breast milk by having a stronger immune system. The vegetables used in this dish are rich in vitamin C, lowering your newborn’s risk of developing allergies through breast milk.

Tian Wei Signature Coq Au Vin

This Mediterranean fusion confinement food is prepared with chicken braised with wine and other vegetables like mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, and broccoli. Herbs like thyme, oregano, and parsley are added to this dish to add more fragrance. The broccoli, potato and chicken in this dish nourish your body with vitamin C, which improves your collagen formation to promote wound healing around the genital and cesarean area after delivery. Furthermore, garlic is added to this dish to serve as a milk-boosting ingredient to improve milk production.

Seared Salmon with Cauliflower Cream

Introducing another favourite Mediterranean fusion confinement dish, Seared Salmon with Cauliflower Cream. In this dish, juicy and tender salmon is carefully seared to bring out the natural fragrance of the salmon’s healthy fat.

To keep the dish refreshing, the salmon and fresh vegetables like broccoli, cherry tomatoes, baby corn and potatoes are served. Furthermore, milk and butter are added to this dish to give it a rich and creamy texture.

Salmon is high in vitamins C and D, and contains vitamin B6, folate and vitamin E, which all aid in improving your postpartum recovery and boost your breast milk’s nutritional quality. To find out the full range of all of our fusion and traditional Chinese confinement food, an online confinement menu is available on their website for reference.

At Tian Wei Signature, we change our cooking style and preparation for every meal so that confinement food is limited to a few traditional dishes and a variety of flavours. Every meal is well-balanced, dietitian-guided, and MSG-free to improve your recovery and lactation.