Print-Double-Boiled Pure Chicken Essence (炖鸡精)

INGREDIENTS

Main :

  • One medium size Kampung Chicken – thoroughly clean and chopped into smaller pieces for easier handling.
  • Herbals : Optional – One or two Red Dates and a small amount of Kei Zi (Goji/Wolfberries). Pls note that these will change the Essence’s color to slightly reddish. Wash everything and soak for abt 10-15 mins with warm water, just to get rid of any impurities. Sliced Ginger.

Make-Do Double-Boiler Kitchenware :

  • 1 – Porcelain rice bowl.
  • 2 – Porcelain Plate.
  • 3 – Large Porcelain Pot/bowl with lid.
  • 4 – Steaming-rack.
  • 5 – A large Stock/Soup Pot with lid.

Seasoning :

  • Just a pinch of Salt to taste (or none at all, if U are preparing for someone who is recuperating from a major surgery). U simply do not want to cloud the Essence in any way. ** Note : Just dash/pinch of everything, if U prefer a stronger intensity of an ingredient flavor, simply add a little extra of that ingredient/spice (no rocket scientific measurement here). Always taste your Seasoning !!!
METHOD

Start my smashing the Chicken anyway U can. Here, The VianD pound the Chicken pieces with a pestle, crushing both the flesh and the bones. More smashed-up the Chicken will allow the Essence to be extracted easier and efficiently, so… smashed the bejesus out of the Chicken..😂.

Meantime, place the Goji and Red Dates in the middle of a large Porcelain pot/bowl. Cover with the Porcelain rice bowl. Place the Porcelain Plate (upside down) over the rice bowl. The plate should fit nicely onto the large Porcelain pot/bowl, not leaving too big a gap. This will hold the Chicken away from the Essence and act as a filter to allow the Essence to be collected at the bottom.

Place all the smashed Chicken tightly around/over the plate. Make sure everything is tightly packed. Cover the large pot/bowl. In a large enough Stock/Soup Pot, bring a pot of water to boil, the water level should be 3/4 to the level of the large pot/bowl when submerged – this is to ensure the boiling water don’t splash upward into the bowl, diluting the Essence. Arrange the Steaming-rack in the middle of the Stock/Soup Pot, submerge the large bowl on top. Check the level of water !!!

Cover the Stock/Soup Pot (trick – seal around the side of the lid with a damp cloth, this will help keep the steam in). Let it go fully bubbly boil for abt 5-10 mins and turn heat to medium/low and let gently steam for 3-4 hrs. Check occasionally for the correct water level and not dry up.

When it is ready (after 3-4 hrs of gentle steaming), now the magic begins – the reviewing of the precious nourishing Chicken Essence..😋. Kill the heat, and let everything settle and cold down (abt 15-mins). Remove the large Porcelain bowl from the Pot, un-lid, and U should see a spread of really dry chicken. Remove the Chicken.

Now, don’t be alarm if U don’t see any Chicken Essence at the bottom of the bowl at this juncture..😂.., where is the precious Essence ??? Here’s the magical part, well..actually, here’s the technical explanation – once the heat was turn off, the Essence from the chicken (which was collected at the bottom of the large pot/bowl) will slip through into the rice bowl facing down. Lower air pressure inside the rice bowl will suck the Essence into the vacuum inside the inverted rice bowl. That is why you don’t see any Essence when you remove the chicken pieces, neat eh?? 😎. Btw, U can choose to discard the Chicken pieces but The VianD like to keep/fridge them for later use – use them to prepare another pot of less concentrated Chicken’s flavor soup with a few added Veggies Ingredients.

Slowly, remove the inverted rice bowl and the Essence will splash out, magically review itself. Sieve the Essence and make sure U get every last precious drop of it. After 4 hrs or so of effort, U R rewarded with a bowl of precious aromatic nourishing delicious “Double-Boiled Pure Chicken Essence (炖鸡精)”, to be served warm/hot.

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