Sunday, November 29, 2009

Double Boiled Herbal Chicken Soup

Sokehah Cheah | 11:22 PM | | |



Double boiling is slow cooking ........ means to put a soup pot or any covered ceramic or steel pot inside a bigger pot, immerse in boiling water, and let the soup cook at a lower temperature.  Hence the soup is cooked from heat generated from the boiling water and not from direct heat source.

Double boiling lets the soup ingredients slowly release their nutrients into the soup, thus making it tasty and wholesome.  It's a long cooking process, roughly averaging 2 to 4 hours.  The tip is not to open the cover to check on the soup as it'll bring down the temperature and affect the cooking process.  The plus point is there's little evaporation and the soup will not boil over.  The only thing is to monitor that there's enough water in the bigger pot and not let it run dry.  Of course, nowadays, the slow cooker is another alternative to double boiling, saves the hassle of checking the water level.






clockwise .... red dates, 'hoi chook', wolfberries and dried 'Wai San'









healthy soup, not 'heaty', suitable for both young and old alike





this ceramic double boiled jar has long served its time,......it  cannot contain much soup because of its size, not in use anymore, now an 'antique' show piece.

Recipe for Double Boiled Herbal Chicken Soup

Ingredients
  • 500 gm free range chicken, with skin removed
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 15 gm Wai San
  • 15 gm Hoi Chook
  • 10 gm Wolfberries
  • 15 red dates, seeded
  • Salt to taste
Method
  1. Wash and cut up the chicken to fairly  big pieces, trim off excess fat.
  2. Prepare a double boiler.  I use a stainless steel double boiler pot.  Fill  enough water in the big pot and let it boil.
  3. Add 4 cups of hot water into the smaller pot together with all the herbs and chicken pieces.
  4. Steam for 3 hours, on medium heat, checking on the water level of the bigger pot, now and again.
  5. Add salt to taste, dish out into bowls.
  6. Serve hot.

13 comments:

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  1. this looks so healthy and tasty - perfect for this time of year.

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  2. That's a great chicken soup for the body and soul!  Love that cute double boiler!

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  3. What a lovely soup. This is something I would want to make for this years flu season. So nutritious!

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  4. This soup sounds super good! I love the wolfberries here too!

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  5. I definitely need that to give me better health and more strength for badminton & blogging..haha. It looks so delicious....mmmm

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  6. Hi there! I found your blog through foodbuzz and just thought I'd drop a note to say that I like what I see. I will look forward to checking out your site more often in the future. :-)

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  7. I like this soup but I normally just boil the soup in a pot...for 4 person. The double boiled jar is just for 2 person so can't use that :)

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  8. Terecita
    Thanks for dropping by, will pop in at your site in a jiffy.

    Mary
    You certainly need more strength for your badminton and 'packing'/'unpacking'!

    Mother Rimmy
    Yes, build up your strength and immunity to ward off the nasty flu!

    Angie
    Yes indeed, Oh, yes, I put it on display,it's older than me!

    Brie
    Yes, good hot soup for the winter.

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  9. Me and my kids love any soup! And I like my soup to mix with rice...simply delicious. yum...

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  10. I have to make chicken soup with all those chinese herbs I found in my pantry! Yum... I miss mum's soup.

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  11. penny
    Ya, mum's soup is always the best.

    My Little Space
    Mixing soup with rice reminds me of my childhood! Ha, ha.

    Elin
    I used the Zebra stainless steel double boiler, enough for 4 persons.

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  12. Hello,

    Thanks for the very informative article. I am very new to making soups. Can you tell me what exactly is the Hoi Chook?

    Thks..

    Catherine

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  13. Catherine
    Thanks for dropping by my blog. Hoi chook is the same as Yook chook, it's just another grade.

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