Tag Archives: zuo yuezi

Mums around the World — no hairwashing in Taiwan

Last year I was contacted by a journalist, who wanted to quote me regarding my experiences on zuo yuezi (Chinese postpartum confinement).  And finally, I got the result: part of a feature article titled ‘Mums around the world’ in the … Continue reading

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Basil omelette

Sometimes the best food is simple.  And the special zuo yuezi (Chinese postpartum confinement) foods prepared for new mothers to help them recover after childbirth need not be complicated to cook, either.  I have been inspired by the Windmill cookbook … Continue reading

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Beef and Guiness stew

A work colleague has just had a baby girl.  So I decided to do some cooking for them.  Since they are both of an Australian-Irish background, I thought I would cook something that they could relate to.  Not all new … Continue reading

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My stay in a baby hotel: Centered on Taipei Magazine

The September issue of Centered on Taipei magazine is out now.  There are a range of interesting articles about places to go and things to see in Taiwan.  And on page 20, there is an article about my overnight ‘factfinding’ … Continue reading

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The Mummy Wrap

As a foreigner undergoing Chinese postpartum confinement (zuo yuezi), I was less bound by tradition than, say, a Taiwanese woman being cared for by her mother-in-law.  And one of the traditions I decided to ditch without really investigating beforehand was the … Continue reading

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Windmill: food delivery for new mothers

Did you know that in Taiwan there is a company that delivers specially prepared meals to new mothers daily, rain, hail, typhoon or even Chinese New Year?  And that they tailor all meals for mothers undergoing traditional Chinese postpartum confinement (zuo yuezi), using … Continue reading

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Why is spending money on zuo yuezi confronting?

I am passionate about promoting the benefits of the Chinese postpartum retreat (zuo yuezi) for new mothers. Yet I have noticed that my enthusiasm is not always shared by ‘Western’ mothers. In fact, I am finding that this is a … Continue reading

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Taiwanxifu on Radio Taiwan International

I was honored recently to be interviewed on Radio Taiwan International on their Feast Meets West program. I had so much fun chatting with Andrew and Ellen about how I became a Taiwanxifu, why I started blogging and the benefits of … Continue reading

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How a postpartum confinement centre operates

What is it like to run a baby hotel?  And what do most Taiwanese women expect when they stay in one? Do women sneak out?  Are babies put on strict schedules? In my quest to learn more about Chinese postpartum confinement — … Continue reading

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Pork spareribs and longan soup

A nourishing and warming soup suitable for eating after childbirth, inspired by my recent stay at the luxurious Wenhua-Garden Postpartum Nursing Home.  But you don’t need to have a baby to enjoy this.

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