Sunday, March 2, 2014

Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup


Strange. Really strange actually why we brush aside the fact that food, yes food, can make or break a marriage. I think most of us, I am definitely assuming, when we tied the knot, or when we proudly slipped the ring into the finger of our soul mate life long partner, we may have thought that lotsa love and money, whichever comes first, will keep our marriage alert and romantically sparkling forever. Then, when the reality sets in, which I believe will be within lets say, one month, we will realise that, having done and loved for the last 30 days, honey and horny moon over potentially by now too, we have decide on our daily food for thought. Who is gonna cook? Who is gonna make sure there is a decent meal, for at least dinner? Of course you can eat out, then again? In my house, let me point blank tell you. I am the one who cook, you can't possibly expect an Indian spouse to cook. Not in our case though. Fine. I am really fine. 


That is not all about cooking for my love. Considering his do's and don't like food, I have learned to accommodate his food love. Fish (Fish Puttu) and vegetables mainly, pork and chicken been, forever, and I know will forever be a taboo for him. Also, for an typical Indian man, food must be Indian food. Anything I should do to change his food love? I don't think so. I tried, mind you, but it almost hit me at the end of our our marriage road. Regardless, I do get my chance to cooking what I like when he is away. So, this whole love food cooking today I have been trying to tell you is simmering down to this Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup. Indeed. Chinese food, including soups comes into my picture house when he is travelling for work (Siew Yoke/Roast PorkShanghai Noodles, Chinese Fried Rice, Chili Chicken Cashew Nut & Chinese Cabbage Prawn). I might as well include Malay food, which is also not the pride and joy for my other half-half  (Sambal Serai Ikan Bilis). 

Soups by far, as I have already said before (Mushroom Soup, Potato Bok Choy Soup, Pumpkin Garlic Soup, Green Pea Soup) can be easily put up (Spinach Tomato Soup, Salted Fish Soup, Vietnamese Soup, Chinese Chicken Soup, Japanese Radish Soup & Soup Ikan). Making Chinese soups is not magical either. Add the ingredients in the pot, and just simmer over low heat. This nourishing, nutritious and satisfying Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup which captures the Chinese quintessential state of art tastes, is made with obviously, chicken (Ayam PongtehMasala Raisin Chicken & Chilli Chicken) and the rest of the ingredients for packing the good till the last drop soup must be, utterly and ultimately, Chinese herbs, kei chi/wolfberry, dried longan, crushed garlic, ginger and spring onion for garnishing. 
Ingredients
A packet of store bought Chinese herbs mix 
A handful of kei chi/dried wolf-berries - soaked for 15 mins
A handful of dried longan - soaked for 15 mins
5-6 garlic - smashed/crushed
1/2 inch ginger - smashed/crushed
1/4 chicken - cut into bite sizes
Spring onion for garnishing ( shredded/sliced thinly)
Pepper and salt for taste

Method
Rinse herbs under running water a couple of times..
Put in a pot, add water (as needed), garlic, ginger and chicken.
Simmer over low heat till chicken is "almost tender".
Add kei chi and longan. 
Season with salt and pepper.
Continue to simmer for another 10 mins.
Once chicken is cooked, remove from heat.
Garnish with spring onion before serving. 
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35 comments:

  1. that's looks yummy!

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  2. Wonder woman, I'm amazed at how you spend hours at work and still cook such delicious meals. That too on a regular basis. Hats off to you! Beautifully photographed dishes. *drooling*.

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  3. Wow lovely presentation and the soup is wow Nava and sorry for not visiting space.

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  4. Nava, nourishing soup. definitely going to check chinese store for dried herbs.

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  5. I came by as soon as I spotted this post in your FB! I love herbal soups!

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  6. uhm look delicious :P
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  7. Saludable y contundente me encanta toda la comida china.abrazos.

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  8. I love Chinese soups but I have to come across something like this one. Would love to try this.

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  9. SO delicious and yummy. N u r rite....chinese soup z fantastic one with the added herbs in it .......I admire u for managing everything in a balanced way :)

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  10. This a perfect meal for a chicken lover on a cold day, my brother love thus soup
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  11. the soup just looks too good..loved it

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  12. just nice for such hazy day. Nutricious too

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  13. Just a look at it... I can feel 100% comfort :D

    Zoe

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  14. though i don't understand most of the ingredients... the soup look really comforting....

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  15. Hugs Nava, hope you get a much deserved breather soon.. The soup looks really flavorful and as usual the setup looks great and vibrant..

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  16. Chinese soup looks fantastic, very healthy and tasty too...

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  17. Hi Nava, I love any herbal soups. This herbal soup is also my favorite and it's especially cooling and refreshing during this hot and hazy weather. Should cook this often as it's rejuvenating as well. Have a great week ahead :)

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  18. u r really quick.....this recipe sound healthy and interstg and the clicks are shot at a nice angle...will tempt anyone

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  19. this looks yummy! I sometimes receive these herbals in Chinese New year hampers,but didnt know how to use them in recipes.... will try with some remaining packs

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  20. With your hectic schedule still you managed to take tine to cook and blog and visits. Hats off to you. As always amazing soup.

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  21. This looks super yum, but many ingredients are not available here.

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  22. Wonderful presentation. I can't say I know much about wolfberries but your pictures managed to capture the essence of 'herbal' quite well.

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  23. So mouth watering! You must be a super woman to handle triple the amount of work and yet manage blogging which itself is so many tasks bundled into one. I will be needing such soup recipes soon as we slowly inching towards colder temperatures.

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  24. Nava, I wonder how you manage all the things! This soup looks luscious!

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  25. herbal soup best to make it for myself i have to cut off my weight ;)

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  26. Hi Nava, very healthy and nourishment soup. I love to use all these herbs too, love the fragrant smell. Yours look delicious.

    Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  27. Yummy soup. Perfect for upcoming winters!!

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  28. its raining here and im craving for some yummy soup..this soup looks so delicious and perfect

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  29. Much wanted right now. Drooling over

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