Double-Boiled Herbal Black (Silkie) Chicken Soup (滋补乌鸡汤)

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Clear, Nourishing And Natural Sweetness Herbal Soup

Ready : 3-4 hrs Generic : DoubleBoil Difficulty : Easy
Prep : 5 mins † Cooking : 3-4 hrs ] Printable Recipe

 

Herbal“, to all of us – in many ways, suggest an unpalatable flavor, maybe even a bitter-tasting medicinal-like concoction that is very unappealing.  In all honesty,  this could not be further from the truth because, in Chinese cooking, many recipes involves Herbs one way or another, especially soup. Chinese tonic or herbal soups are all about putting various blends of natural ingredients together which balance nutritional value and medicinal/therapeutic functions or simply, purely for flavoring to produce a bowl of savory delicious soup. “Double-boiling” simply means the soup is prepared by steaming. This method ensures tat, there is no loss of liquid or moisture (its essences); thus all the ingredients’ goodness is sealed in and the soup remains clear. Having said all that, you could easily cook this in a pot, with soup simmer over low heat for abt. 3 hrs or so, or in a slow cooker set on Auto for abt. 4 hrs.

Silkie Chicken (to the KwaiLo) or better known as Black Chicken  (to the Chinese) is known for their fluffy plumage, black skin, and black bones, and more importantly, is coveted for their health properties (Goggle for well-documented properties). Here’s The Viand’s version of, Double-Boiled Herbal Black (Silkie) Chicken Soup (滋补乌鸡汤)“. Btw, this was specially prepared for someone who is recuperating from a major abdominal surgery – which means the soup is a little more concentrated – for everyday normal consumption, U might wanna dilute the soup a little by adding more water.

IngredientS

MAIN :

  • One Black Chicken – thoroughly clean and divide into four parts.
  • Herbals : 1 – Fu Ling (Hoelen), 2 – Dang Shen (Codonopsis Root), 3 – Yuk Chuk (Solomon’s Seal), 4 – Red Dates, 5 – Kei Zi (Wolfberries), 6 – Dong Chong Xia Cao (Cordyceps Sinensis), 7 – Huai Shan (Dried Chinese Yam) and 8 – Huang Qi (Astragalus Root). These Herbals can be easily obtainable from any Chinese Medicinal Hall, simply tell them the number of person U r preparing for. Or alternately,  U can ask them to assemble the herbal for U – generally, the Herbs are relatively basic but there could one or two different components. Wash everything and soak for abt 10-15 mins with warm water, just to get rid of any impurities.
  • Optional (just for added flavors) – Dried Oysters and dried small soup Scallops (U can use the big expensive ones.., 😉 and if U do, make sure they stay in intact as a whole just for appearance, else defeat the purpose). Wash everything and soak for abt 10-15 mins with warm water, just to get rid of any impurities.

SEASONING :

  • Just a pinch of Salt and Sugar to taste. U simply do not want to cloud the soup in any way. *** Note : Just dash of everything, if U prefer a stronger intensity of an ingredient flavor, simply add a little extra of that ingredient/spice/sauce – no rocket scientific measurement here. Always taste your Seasoning !!!

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  • Step 1 : Put all the Herbal Ingredients at the bottom of a pot. Place the Chicken on top. Add boiling water, cover and steam for abt. 3-4 hrs. U really gotta put in the hours to get the nourishment of the herbs into the soup. (Optional : To avoid the Chicken being overcooked too soft, U might wanna take them out after abt 2 hour or so. Put them back into the hot soup just b4 serving). DO NOT STIR THE SOUP too much (else U’ll get bits of broken-down meat and cloudy soup) !!! After abt. 3 hrs, ur pot of nourishing and soothing “Double-Boiled Herbal Black (Silkie) Chicken Soup (滋补乌鸡汤)” is ready to be served hot.

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