Sunday, March 2, 2014

Chinese Ginseng Chicken Soup


Roots, barks, herbs and chicken. Pretty much the centrality for Chinese Ginseng Chicken Soup. Of course, we do have a choice to the high rank and grade Korean ginseng (Korean Radish Soup), but for me personally, its a big no due to its bitterness and strong content. I in fact have tasted Korean ginseng tea and soups which I really couldn't digest and trust me, I almost not only throw up, I actually felt as though my body is on fire. Chinese ginseng (Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup) on the other hand is mild even in soups and I also fancy those home made healthy and nutritious Chinese soups, including the vegetarian variants (Chinese Vegetable Noodle Soup, Old Cucumber Soup, Chinese Tofu Soup & Burdock Root Soup). 


Making any soup for the matter is really straightforward. All you gotto do is add all the ingredients in a slow cooker, or steam or over the stove very and really slow fire simmering (Chinese Black Vinegar Chicken) and ginseng alongside the roots, barks and other Chinese medicinal value ingredients purchased from Chinese medical halls or even Chinese provision shops (Chick Kut Teh). But remember, similar to Korean ginseng, too much of Chinese Ginseng Soups can lead to you feeling hot and sweaty until you can get restless, or you must drink lotsa of water for countering. Regardless, every once a while, the packet of ready made ginseng herbs simmered alongside kei chi/wolfberries, dried longan, crushed garlic, ginger, chicken and garnished by spring onion is genuinely a smooth and sincerely nourishing to our body and food senses Chinese Ginseng Chicken Soup (Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup, Braised Chicken Feet, Chicken Wanton Soup & Chinese Chicken Meatball Soup).  
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 ginseng 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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