Arrowroot and Water Chestnuts in Chicken Soup

Soup Name:

Arrowroot and Water Chestnuts in Chicken Soup

Traditional Chinese Name:

馬蹄粉葛雞湯 (mǎtí fěn gé jī tāng)

Nature:  Slightly cooling

Taste: Sweet and savory

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A great soup for nourishing the lungs, helping with coughs and reducing phlegm.  

The key ingredient here is the water chestnut.  This is a common herb in the Chinese cuisine that is sweet, crunchy, and cooling.  It’s the root of a water plant that has a brown outer skin and crunchy internal flesh.

The water chestnut is a cooling herb and can be used to treat conditions with heat (such as fevers or infections).  It’s ideal for treating hot phlegm in the lungs and sinuses.

Be sure to buy water chestnuts that are firm in texture.  This means they are still fresh.  As they dry out, they soften and the interior becomes powdery.  The shelf live of water chestnuts is around 1 week in the fridge.

 

 

What’s involved?

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 2 hours and 30 mins

Total time: 3 hours

Serves: 4-6 bowls

Ingredients
Cooking Instructions
  1. Cut smilax root & arrowroot into edible cubes
  2. Boil a pot of water to blanch smilax root, chicken & chicken feet (don’t cut nails as it will release oils into the soup)
  3. Boil soup water
  4. Wash and peel water chestnuts
  5. When water boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for 30 minutes and reduce to continually boiling for another 2 hour
  7. Serve and enjoy!  You can also serve the arrowroot and chicken feet as part of the meal!  That’s why I put in extra chicken feet! LOL.

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3 Comments

  1. ed

    Seriously Lisa. Need to have a bit of this when I am in HK.

    Since I am working in Ningxia until late August, I have been accumulating a lot of phlegm in my lungs due to the dry and sandy climate of Northwestern China. This and the loquat soup would do good things to me.

    Reply
  2. Pauline

    Hi Soup Lady,
    Can I omit smilax root from this soup as I have never seen it sold here in Singapore? Thanks for sharing all these delicious and nutritious recipes.

    Reply
    • LadyTong

      Dear Pauline, absolutely you can remove the smilax root. Even just arrowroot, water chestnuts and the chicken is good enough! You can also throw in dried dates, dried longans to boost flavor! Enjoy and thank you! Lisa

      Reply

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