This herbal chicken soup is sweet. Most herbal chicken soup can be bitter and kids do not like them. This soup, however, is sweet due to the ingredients used. With a combination of American dried fig, red dates, honey dates, gojiberries, dried longan, pei ji and yuk chuk , you can be assured of a sweet tasting soup filled with goodness. This amount of herbs used in this soup are estimates only and do not come under any special recipe from the chinese medicine store.
The herbs used are from top (clockwise) – red dates, dried longans, american dried figs, pei ji, honey dates and yuk chuk. Kei chee is not shown in the picture but you can see them floating on the 1st picture above.
This is my wifeâ€™s recipe for Herbal Chicken Soup
- 2 leg of chicken
- 700 ml boiling water
- Salt to taste
- 2 pieces American dried fig
- 2 pieces honey dates
- 4 pieces red dates
- 6 to 8 pieces dried longan
- Gojiberries or kei chee (a small handful)
- 5 grammes Pei ji
- 5 grammes Yuk Chuk
Clean the chicken legs and pour boiling water over it. This will help to remove some unpleasant “smell”.
Bring water in double boiler to boil. Place herbs on bottom of a double boiler and place chicken on top of the herbs. Add the 700 ml boiling water and cover lid. Double boil for 3 hours. Add salt to taste before serving.
If you want the soup to be healthier, you might want to remove the chicken skin prior to cooking.
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