Chicken Feet and Wintermelon Soup

Chicken Feet and Wintermelon Soup

Chicken Feet and Wintermelon Soup

Soup Name:

Chicken Feet and Wintermelon Soup

Chinese Name:

冬瓜雞腳湯 (dōng guā jī jiǎo tāng)

Nature:  Cooling

 

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The feet of the chicken are one of the Chinese’s most interesting “unwanted” parts of the chicken (after the bottom parts). It’s so versatile that the Chinese use chicken feet in soups, stews, dim sum and other dishes. I remember back in the days when I was a young lad that my parents would go to the Western super markets and get chicken feet by the bags for a whole dollar.

t’s definitely not as cheap anymore because of the influx of demanding chicken feet eaters, but still an affordable, tasty and collagen packed ingredient. This wintermelon soup is simple to make and if you’re a single gal (or guy) you can make it in a one person pot.

And depending on how soft you like your feet, you can boil longer or shorter.  They are an amazing source of collagen (by the way), which allow for retention of moisture and bounce in the skin!  Dip in soy sauce!  So delicious!

 

What’s involved?

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 60 mins

Total time: 70 mins

Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients
Cooking Instructions
  1. Soak the gingo biloba and lotus seed in warm water for 10 minutes
  2. Rinse and cut off the nails on your chicken feet
  3. In a small pot of boiling water, blanch your chicken feet for 5 minutes
  4. Remove chicken feet from boiling water, strain and set aside
  5. Boil your soup water
  6. When the soup boils, throw all the ingredients together
  7. Boil on high (covered) for 30 minutes, reduce to a medium boil for another 30 minutes (you can continue to boil or use a thermal cooker to keep it hot, as some people love their chicken feet super soft)
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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Soup Name:  Dried Beancurd and Ginkgo Nuts Dessert
 
Traditional Chinese Name: 白果腐竹糖水 (bái guǒ fǔ zhú táng shuǐ)
 
Introduction:

This is a great hot “sweet”, otherwise known as a dessert that is said to help with the complexion and smoothness of your skin.  I especially like the gingko bilobas and the texture of the dried bean curd.  It’s a very common Chinese dessert and is super easy to make.

What Ingredients are required?

15-20 fresh gingko bilobas
2 sheets of dried bean curd
1 piece of rock sugar
1 raw egg (optional)
1 L of cold water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Start boiling water
  2. Wash dried bean curd in warm water, break up into large pieces to fit into pot
  3. Wash gingko biloba
  4. When water boils, add gingko bilobas and rock sugar (as much or as little as desired)
  5. (Optional egg) – crack whole into water
  6. Boil for 30 minutes and serve!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent for nourishing the skin and complexion
  • Great source of protein

Any precautions?

  • People with gout should eat with caution
  • Eat gingko bilobas in moderation as too much is poisonous