Chinese Confinement Recipes: Pork Pepper Leek Stir Fry with Udon

Confinement Recipes for Week 1-3
For the first few weeks right after giving birth, confinement food is very basic and focuses on food that is easy to digest and avoids a lot of food and condiments that is believed to affect healing of the wounds. If it's a natural birth, follow this for 2 weeks and for caesareans follow for 3 weeks. They generally follow these rules.

1) Meals need to be mainly steamed, low in salt and low in oil
2) Avoid soya sauce, eggs, beef to help with scar healing
3) Avoid cold or raw foods to stop 'wind' from entering the body
4) Stick to chicken, pork and fish as the protein element of the meals
5) Whilst bleeding is still happening down below, do not eat ginger, red dates or red beans as they are foods that help with blood circulation and replenishment 

On one of the rare occasions when I wasn't eating rice, I swopped my carbs for udon which is allowed during the first 3 weeks. It made a really nice change and went well with the sauce from this pork stir fry. 


1 pack of pork tenderloin fillet (approx 450g)
1 red pepper
1 leek
1/2 tsp ground white pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1/3 cup of water
1 tbsp oil
2 tsp cornflour mixed with 4 tbsp water

1) Slice the red pepper and the leek. Set aside
2) Thinly slice the pork fillet and marinade with white pepper, salt and sugar
3) Heat the oil in a pan and add in the pepper and leeks. Stir fry for 3 minutes, push to one side and add in the pork. Lay the pork out as flat as possible on the pan and let it sear for 3 minutes. Turn over the pork and sear the other side for 2 minutes, then mix in the vegetables to create a stir fry
4) Keep mixing the vegetables and pork and then add in 1/3 cup of water to create a sauce. Add in oyster sauce and mix well
5) Once everything is cooked through, add in the cornflour mixed with water to thicken the sauce
6) Serve with udon noodles or with rice  

Take a look at all my other confinement recipes

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