Chinese Herbal Soup is actually quite simple to prepare. You just need to boil the chicken with the Chinese herbs under low heat for about an hour and the only type of seasoning that you need to add is simply salt. Some people prefer to steam the chicken with the herbs, but I prefer to boil it and have it as soup. I added some oyster sauce to my herbal soup (I can somehow hear my mum scolding me already....!) - I just can't help it, I am just not a purist in any food preparation and production...! Here is my recipe if you dare to follow it:
- 2 Chicken thighs
- 3 cups of water
- 20 red dates
- 3 small garlic cloves, crushed
- 10 dried longan
- 2 tbs wolfberrries
- 1 small stack of ginseng
- 3 slices of ginger
- 8 angelica roots (I like my soup somehow bitter)
- 1-2 tbs oyster sauce (VERY optional -if you're a purist)
- A dash of salt
- 3 tbs Shao Xing Wine (optional - to be added when the soup is ready to be served)
Red dates, garlic, dried longan, ginger, wolfberries, ginseng and angelica roots.
Serve the soup with a bowl of warm, fluffy rice and garnish with spring onions or chives.
The pictures don't look so fabulous, but at least I liked the soup - even my husband did too. It's very aromatic and hopefully nourishing too.