Chinese medicinal herbalists believe that this soup is a potent tonic for one’s blood and the skin which is the mirror of inner health. The ingredients illustrate the ancient Chinese theory that beef, being naturally sweet and “warm,” strengthens vital energies in the blood and nourishes the spleen and stomach. It holds that beef’s powers are enhanced when peanuts are added to the soup.
The soup also includes red jujube dates. These have been used in China since early time