Sunday, March 2, 2014

Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup


Strange though we brush aside the fact that food can make or break a marriage. Usually, especially for the current generation, everyone is looking for a stable spouse. Wealth of course is the leader, which must come with a fantastic fairy-land wedding, then for women, forgive me, I have to spill the beans out, women want it all. The best part of it all is that successful career wives hardly cook. Thank you to maids, mothers should be blame as well for encouraging their daughters and son-in-laws to eat at their homes. But for those who actually cook, we know that food is a marriage rocking matter. Possibly because some of us put barriers to food. We don't eat this, we don't like that, some, I don't know if genuine, will claim that they are allergic to certain ingredients and so on and so forth, why some people basically fuss about food. 


On the whole however, generally, women like me are the givers. In the sense that we accommodate our husbands taste-buds. Then only our taste-buds. Call it the conventional marriage guided marker, I believe so, we women too have already been brainwashed by our mothers that husbands must come first. Somehow worked for me, then again, I myself feel that I should accommodate my other half-half's food likings, Can me the typical traditional Indian wife, that's how it is though outwardly I am modern and out-going. Actually, come to think of it, I believe that since my other half-half work his butt out for our comfortable life, I should do my share by cooking what he likes (Fish Puttu). Therefore, as I have said before, chicken and primarily Chinese soups comes into the picture when he is travelling for work, he does not travel for pleasure without me by the way. Its some sort of a peculiar thing as well, why this Indian lady love Chinese food (Siew Yoke/Roast PorkShanghai Noodles, Chinese Fried Rice, Chili Chicken Cashew Nut & Chinese Cabbage Prawn) and Malay food (Sambal Serai Ikan Bilis) more than anything. Obviously. 

Coming back to this Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup, I think you would have already got the picture why I made. Also, soups, not the stylo soups (Mushroom Soup, Potato Bok Choy Soup, Pumpkin Garlic Soup, Green Pea Soup), but light Asian or especially Chinese soups are rather simply simple (Spinach Tomato Soup, Salted Fish Soup, Vietnamese Soup, Chinese Chicken Soup, Japanese Radish Soup & Soup Ikan). Add all the ingredients and all you got to do is simmer. For this nourishing and satisfying soup, its chicken (Ayam Pongteh, Masala Raisin Chicken & Chilli Chicken), Chinese herbs mix, 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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