Thursday, March 14, 2013

Chinese Herbal Chicken Soup

About a month ago, I spoke about why and when I make Chinese soups (Chinese Burdock Root & Kei Chi (wolfberry soup). Soups as you know are not all that difficult to make. Pretty much about simmering with the ingredients you prefer. But for an authentic Chinese soup, essentially its with Chinese 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 grocery shop I regularly buy my stuffs. He recommended the good quality herbs they pre-pack themselves. Slightly more expensive than the commercial brands but I didn't mind for I was assured that those herbs will infused the authentic flavour when simmered with chicken or pork.
The herbs simmered with chicken alongside with the other ingredients listed below surely tasted good. Lovely aroma with chicken tender to its core. 

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 2/2 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 onions 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


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