Monday, August 22, 2011

Double boiled Black chicken soup | 14 comments:



This chicken soup is slightly different from the normal good old chicken soup as it's double-boiled with black chicken.  Flavoured with traditional Chinese herbs like sweet wolfberries/goji berries/Boxthorn fruits, Ginseng aka 'Pau Sum' in Cantonese and Yuzhu aka Solomon's seal rhizome/polygonatum, this soup is believed to be invigorating and nutritious.  According to the Chinese, the black chicken has curative value and it's above that of white chicken meat as the former has less fat.

A short introduction to the traditional Chinese herbs. 
'Pau Sum' helps to increase energy, enhance healthy blood circulation and also boost the immune system.
Wolfberries  helps to improve vision and  nourish the lungs and kidneys.
Yuzhu helps to treat dry throat, dry cough, promote production of body fluid and relieve dryness syndrome.
 


Black chicken, Wolfberries, sliced pieces of 'Pau Sum'/Ginseng and  Yuzhu/Polygonatum





This delicious soup doesn't need much effort to prepare, it's just the double boiling that takes a longer time.  Do monitor and also ensure that there's always water in the pot during the whole double boiling process.

Recipe for Double boiled Black chicken soup

Ingredients
  • 650 gm or 1  black chicken with skin
  • 5 gm  'Pau Sum'/American ginseng
  • 40 gm yuzhu/polygonatum, rinsed
  • 20 gm wolfberries, rinsed
  • 5 cups hot water
  • Salt to taste
Preparation
  1. Wash the chicken, clean the inside, set aside.
  2. Prepare a double boiler with water, put the chicken inside the boiler pot, add in the ginseng slices, yuzhu/polygonatum, hot water and salt.
  3. Let the soup brew for 3  hours under medium low heat.
  4. Rinse the wolfberries and add into the soup before the last 15 mins. of brewing time.
  5. Skim off any fat from the soup surface, test for taste.
  6. Ladle onto soup bowls.
  7. Serve immediately.


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14 comments:

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  1. new ingredients for me I haven't had this soup before
    thank you Cheah for sharing this detailed post

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  2. Cheah...that is a nice soup. I used to boil them for my kids when they were around. Now too lazy and too preoccupied with church activities ..no time to double boil for them :p Bad mommy me !

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  3. Truly nutritious and nourishing! Unfortunately nobody in my family appreciates such soup! So can I come over to your place for a bowl?

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  4. Cheah, I want to come over to your house now to enjoy this delicious and healthy soup :DD

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  5. I love this soup :)
    But my hubby finds the chicken's skin.. not to his liking

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  6. wahh..so poe... long time i didnt boil black chicken.. hak si kai..

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  7. Looks so good and nutritious! Have not have this in a long time now!

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  8. Yeah, I also very much like Claire... long time never boil ayam hitam already! haha.... I also like it in 'pak zen' soup! Btw, your soup bowl is very pretty too.
    Hope you're enjoying your evening.
    Kristy

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  9. yes, i actually find the taste of the black chicken very much sweeter, i do cook this soup a lot , but not double boil and always prefer to use black chicken instead of normal ones.

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  10. torviewtoronto
    You're most welcome and I enjoy visting your blog too.

    Elin
    You can do so now when they're home for their hols!

    busygran
    Oh yes, why not?

    Anncoo
    My doors are open, ha, ha!

    Wendy
    Yes, some people are put off by the colour of this black chicken.

    Claire
    Don't think this is very 'poe'...not the real black 'silky' chicken.

    yummylittlecooks
    My children always enjoy their meal with a soup.

    kitchen flavours
    So looks like it's time to make this for the family.

    Kristy
    The bowl is much older than me, from my mum.

    Lena
    Yes, the meat is much leaner, so not so much fat.

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  11. I wish I can have this more often here. The black chicken is pretty pricey.

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  12. Penny
    It's slightly more expensive than the normal kampong chicken, but then seems it's got more nutrition.

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  13. I always love Chinese soup tonic with its nourishing and soothing properties. I brothed soup Chinese herbal black chicken today and it seems that my physical well-being is strengthened.

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