Saturday, January 19, 2008
Ginseng Chicken Soup
All the best for health, in a warm Chinese herbal ginseng chicken soup. Want some tasty great for health soup? This soup is usually served as a beverage alongwith main courses. Or drink it on its own especially during colder days really warms your body nicely.
What is in the Ginseng Chicken soup?
Chicken pieces (use chicken with bones, and chicken legs)
and Chinese herbs:
Ginseng rootlet filaments (I use wild american ginseng)
Jujube (red dates)
1 teaspoon salt
Wolfberries are renowned to enhance our immune system and improve eyesight. Jujube, or red dates to alleviate stress and blood circulation. Ginseng as an aphrodisiacs and more while longan adds the sweetness to a good health. (If you clicked on the links... you'll find that I can't live without Wikipedia... can't blame me - it's so informative...)
All these combined sure makes a real good for health soup.
Basically, the chicken pieces are cleaned and, alongwith the herbs (except salt) are placed in a large pot and boiled(or steamed) for about 1-2 hours. Water is added to the broth as it dries and finally, add the salt.
Sounds simple? Yes it is!
So what does it taste like? Hmm, for me, it's delicious - as I love ginseng very much eversince I was a young kiddo. I can taste the ginseng and it is quite refreshing. The dates and longan sweetens the broth and chicken - you get that chicky taste! Oh, with a herbal touch. :-)
You may like to read on one good recipe I found here which is very similar.