Thursday, March 14, 2013

Chinese Herbal Chicken Soup

About a month ago, I spoke about why and when I make Chinese soup (Winter Melon Wolfberry SoupChinese Burdock Root & Kei Chi (wolfberry soup). Soups as you know are not all that difficult to make (Seafood Tom Yam Soup, Hot Masala Lentil Soup, Ikan Bilis Mee Hoon Soup, Mutton Ball Soup, Dhal Lentil Soup & Japanese Lotus Root Soup). Anyone actually can make, except those lazy bums, soups can be made on the stove or how about dumping all the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it do its job? Additionally, go with the flow, meaning, its your choice on the ingredients (Thai Spicy Carrot Soup & Minced Chicken Cabbage Soup).

Nevertheless, for an authentic Chinese soup, essentially you need the herbs.Various types available these days until sometimes difficult to decide which to buy. Instead of picking up the branded sachet herbs, I asked for suggestion from the owner of the Chinese (Fried Prawn Wanton, Chinese Fried Rice, Fried Mee & Seafood Hokkien Mee) grocery shop I regularly buy my stuffs. He recommended the good quality herbs they pre-pack themselves. Slightly more expensive, but I didn't mind and I didn't regret either. Chicken (Rosemary Lemon Chicken, Spicy Chicken Chop, Chilli Honey Chicken & Chicken Vegetable Soup) simmered with the herbs, please hands-up to this nutritious Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup. 
1/4 chicken (about 400g) - cut into bite sizes
1 packet Chinese herbs
1 inch old ginger - sliced
5 garlic - crushed
2 tbsp wolf-berries/kei chi - soaked to soften
2 tbsp dried longan - soaked to soften
Sesame oil - as needed
Spring onion - as needed
Salt and pepper for taste
Rinse herbs, place in a pot with chicken, garlic, ginger and 1 1/2 litre of water (more if you like).
Simmer over very low heat.
This will probably take about 40 mins to 1 hour.
Then add wolf-berries and longan. 
Simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes. 
Season with salt and pepper.
Drizzle sesame oil and garnish with spring onion before serving.
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  1. wow you certainly add new twist to the Chinese Herbal Chicken soup. Usually I dont add garlic ans spring onions.

    Actually the longan and woofberry no need to be soak. Just rinse and dump into the soup will do.

    I love the pre packed "lok Mei Thong"(6 tastes soup) coz it's so sweet.

  2. My kind of food!! I love herbal soup/chicken/duck (anything herbal!).

    Next time you can try using black chicken too.

  3. Wow.....chinese herbal chicken soup looks to grab that bowl....

  4. This truly looks so comforting and satisfying, Nava! I could use a bowl of this soup to nurse my headache right now.

  5. Made soup for our "drinking pleasure" even though the game plan for the day was lunch and dinner outside. Started the morning with chicken herbal soup...almost similar to yours...and ended witha supper of the same chicken herbal soup that tasted better now after a day of sitting in the slow cooker:D

  6. This soup's umph ms.nava! i'm always a fan of herbal soup, thanks for sharing this recipe wish i can cook like you someday, :D you're my inspiration. You can cook almost everything!!

  7. Hi Nava, this looks therapeutic. have never tried chinese herbs. will try soon as a shop is opened nearby.

  8. hi nava, how are you. my mom not well, so i take a break from blogging for a while. your chinese chicken soup looks the herbs. have a nice day

  9. Herbal Chicken Soup sounds so interesting and yummy..

  10. This soup looks delicious Nava. A healthy and yummy soup. Love the addition of herbs in it. Love it


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