Traditional Chinese Herbal Soup (as a Hot Pot Base)

Traditional Chinese Herbal Soup (as a Hot Pot Base)

Traditional Chinese Herbal Soup (as a Hot Pot Base)

Soup Name:

Traditional Chinese Herbal Soup

Traditional Chinese Name:

藥膳雞煲 (yàoshàn jī bāo)

This soup is warming in nature and sweet to taste.

 

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This soup has a very distinctive smell and taste of a Chinese medicinal shop.  It’s definitely a love or hate initially, but can be acquired.  The key ingredient is the “dong quai” or “angelica root” that creates that fragrant (debatable?) scent.  I’ve learned to love it after so many years of being in Hong Kong and once you taste the soup, wow!

This soup is the ultimate warming winter hot pot delight.  You literally feel yourself getting hot and sweaty after one bowl.  It’s literally a powerful tonic that replenishes blood and Qi, improves circulation, and detoxifies the body.

 

What’s involved?

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 2 hours 40 mins

Total time: 3 hours 10 mins

Serves: 6 bowls

Ingredients

Soup base:

Hot pot ingredients:

 

  • fresh napa cabbage
  • assorted mushrooms
  • fresh hard tofu

This powerhouse healing ingredient is the key ingredient to your Chinese herbal soup!  The dong quai is warm, slightly sweet and slightly bitter, and a common herb used to promote warmth, replenish blood, and replenish yang.  This is why it’s such a common ingredient used in post partum and confinement recipes.  It’s also commonly used in healing tonics.

I will only use this ingredient for this type of herbal soup as it’s got a very distinct pungent scent and taste.  When combined with sweeter ingredients such as red dates and goji berries, it’s really quite delicious!

 

Cooking Instructions
  1. Add your dried herbal base directly into a pot and add in 3L of cold water
  2. Cover and boil on high heat for 30 minutes.
  3. Cut your chicken thighs into bite-sized pieces
  4. In a shallow pan, put them skin side down to render the fat out of the chicken and crisp up the skin (no oil needed!)
  5. Add salt and garlic to flavour as needed
  6. Once the soup is boiled for 30 minutes, you can move your crispy chicken to the soup.  I will usually rinse in warm water first to get rid of the extra oil, bone bits, and debris
  7. Cover and boil on medium for 2 hours (checking that it doesn’t boil over)
  8. At this point your soup is done!  You can drink as is or prepare to add your hot pot ingredients
  9. Prepare your hot pot ingredients an add to your soup
  10. Boil on high for 10 minutes
  11. Serve and enjoy!
  12. Drink your soup first with some of the ingredients added.  I won’t even begin the hot pot yet and just enjoy a soup as is!

Chef tips!

  • For your protein, use chicken (or pork).  This compliments the herbal base very well versus pork or red meats.
  • For your hotpot ingredients, use less intense flavor ingredients and ones that will absorb more the flavours of the soup such as leafy light coloured vegetables like napa cabbage or regular cabbage versus choy sum or gailan.  Tofu is a great additive as well and fresh mushrooms work well.
  • You can add udon or vermicelli as part of your meal
  • If you’re going to cook other meats or seafood, save that for the end as it will change the flavour of the herbal soup

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Basic Chicken Soup (Base)

Basic Chicken Soup (Base)

Basic Chicken Soup (Base)

Soup Name

Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base)

Traditional Chinese Name:  

清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)

 

Here is another version of the basic chicken soup.  I’ll make this so that it can serve as a base for noodles, macaroni, with rice, or for double-boiling soups.  You can mix and match the types of vegetables to bring out the types of flavours you like, but I will usually always use some chicken bones, legs, or carcass along with dried scallops (these are almost a must for the stock soup!).   

The benefits:

  • Perfect for any soup base. You can simply add your favourite vegetables or even Chinese herbs.
  • This soup is perfect for cooler days as it’s slightly warming
  • Perfect for confinement, postpartum, and post period
  • Ideal for the whole family, including children
  • These ingredients are readily available in most Chinese supermarkets around the world, all you need is just a chicken!
  • Be sure to to consult your (Chinese) doctor first if you’re unsure of consumption or suitability
  • You can store this soup base in a plastic container (or jar with a wide mouth so it’s easier to use back later) for up to 6 months in the freezer
  • I’ve used this as a soup base for both noodles soups and even hotpot!  It’s very versatile in what you can do with it!

What’s involved?

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 3 hours

Total time: 3 hours 30 mins

Serves: 8 bowls 

Ingredients

Cooking Instructions

  1. Begin to boil a separate pot for blanching the meat
  2. Soak the dried conpoys and dried shiitake mushrooms in warm water for 10 minutes, the mushrooms may need longer, until they are soft, but since it’s for the soup base, it’s ok if they are still a bit hard.
  3. You can also begin to boil your soup water
  4. When your blanching water boils, add in the chicken bones and boil on high heat for 5 minutes. Make sure the water is boiling and you should see residue, fat, grim, and even foam come to the surface.
  5. In the meantime, you can prepare all your vegetable ingredients for the base.  I will cut the onion in half, keeping on the stem so it stays intact and cut the carrots and corn into large pieces so I can easily remove them from the pot.
  6. Once your soup water boils, remove the meat from the blanching pot and shake off any excess and slowly lower into your soup water
  7. Add in dried conpoys, dried mushrooms, and all the vegetables into the pot
  8. Boil on medium heat for 30 minutes
  9. Reduce heat to the lowest and cover and let it simmer like that for another 2-3 hours (or use a thermal pot). The soup should now be a rich, golden color after boiling for so long. Be sure to scoop out any oil, fat bits, or skin from the top with an oil scooper.
  10. And you can also remove all the ingredients with a strainer so that you’re left with a beautiful soup base which you can use for other soups or dishes!

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        Vegetarian Lotus Root with Chestnuts and Carrots Chinese Soup

        Soup Name:

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        Traditional Chinese Name:

        蓮藕栗子素湯 (Lián’ǒu lìzǐ sù tāng)

         

        This is a great, earthy, slightly nutty light soup great for the whole family and vegetarian friendly!

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        You can explore more vegetarian substitutes for meats in Chinese soups and get creative!

         

        What’s involved?

        Prep time: 15 mins

        Cook time: 2 hour and 30 mins

        Total time: 2 hour and 45 mins

        Serves: 8 bowls

        Ingredients

        Cooking Instructions

        1. Pre-soak your dried Chinese shiitake mushrooms in a bowl for 2 hours until they soften
        2. Remove the stems from the mushrooms
        3. Prepare your soup water on high heat with the 2 L of cold water in your thermal soup pot
        4. In a shallow pan, add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil and on medium heat, pan fry the mushrooms with a bit of salt until fragrant and slightly browned on both sides
        5. Wash & peel the lotus root, cutting into large pieces
        6. Wash, peel, and cut carrot into large cubes
        7. Wash, peel, and cut corn into large pieces 
        8. When the water boils, add all the ingredients together
        9. Boil on medium to high heat for 30 minutes
        10. You can continue to boil on low heat for another 2 hours or put into your thermal pot 
        11. Serve and enjoy!

        Any benefits?

        • A neutral soup ideal for the whole family
        • Better for dryer, cooler weather as chestnuts are known to be a little bit wet and warming in nature
        • A versatile soup where you can change it up a bit and add other vegetables such as Chinese Yam, chayotes, or potatoes
        • Be sure to buy good quality Chinese dried mushrooms

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        And one of a Chinese Soup Chef’s best friend, the soup bag is used here.  I highly recommend getting a few at home.  Be sure to wash and boil first before usage.  Since they are made of cotton, you can throw them in the wash as well or wash by hand.  They keep EVERYTHING in, including onion skins, seeds, flower petals, fish bones, the works.  Instead of straining, just use one of these which you can just drop into your soup and voila!  easy to remove ingredients.

        What’s involved?

        Prep time: 45 mins

        Cook time (broth): 30 mins

        Cook time (wontons): 10 mins

        Total time: 1 hour 30 mins

        Makes: 50 wontons

        Equipment needed:

        Ingredients (for cheat chicken broth):

        • 500 mL of chicken broth

        • 1 L of cold water
        • 1-2 pieces of star anise
        • 5 dried scallops
        • 5 dried longans
        • 1 whole garlic
        • 1 whole fresh onion
        • 3 shallots
        • 1 leek

        Ingredients (for wontons):

        • 500g of ground chicken

        • 6-7 fresh shrimp, deveined and diced

        • 20 bunches of fresh chives, diced

        • 3 bunches of fresh green onions, diced

        • 1 tablespoon diced garlic

        • 1 teaspoon of fish sauce

        • 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce

        • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce

        • 1 teaspoon of white pepper

        • 1 teaspoon of cooking wine

        • sesame oil to taste

        • 50 wonton skins

        Cooking Instructions

        1. Begin to boil your chicken broth in your soup pot
        2. Chop up the soup “cheat”  ingredients and put them all into the soup bag
        3. Add directly to your chicken broth and boil on medium heat for 30 minutes
        4. For the wontons, mix in ground chicken, diced shrimp and all the seasoning together
        5. Chop up the chives and fresh green onions and add them in
        6. Mix well together until the meat creates strands (it should be pretty sticky)
        7. Put a small amount of meat into the middle of your wonton and using your finger, wet all around the edges and fold as you’d like (there are so many techniques out there, I just like to squish it at the top to form a little package)
        8. Wrap them all as to ensure the wonton skins don’t dry out
        9. Remove the soup bag from your soup, ensuring there’s nothing remaining in the soup
        10. Add in 10-15 wontons.  This should bring the soup down from a boil.  
        11. Once the soup begins to boil, add in 200mL of water to reduce the temperature.  This will keep the wontons whole and not boiled and destroyed in the voracity of the boil.  Do this 2 additional times meaning, when it boils again, add 100mL of water.  I know this will dilute the soup somewhat, so you can also do this in a separate pot of water or add more chicken broth.
        12. Once it begins to boil the 3rd time around.  Strain out, scoop some soup, garnish and serve!

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        Cook Time:  3 hours and 15 mins

        Eat Time:  Endless

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        Check out the video on how to create an awesome and delicious Japanese-styled shabu shabu in the comfort of your home with a chicken broth base from scratch.

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              Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base)

              Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base)

              Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base)

              Soup Name

              Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base)

              Traditional Chinese Name:  

              清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)

               

              This is the base Chinese Chicken Soup stock that I make for any of my Chinese soups. It’s simple, straight-forward, and delicious on its own. It does take some preparation in that you need to blanch all the meats, soak the conpoys for at least 10 minutes, quarter the chicken, and then add everything together. And then patience, for a few hours to let it all simmer together. This is perfect for freezing for usage with soups later on, so I do suggest to make more! Perfect for the whole family and any condition.

              The benefits:

              • Perfect for any soup base. You can simply add your favourite vegetables or even Chinese herbs.
              • This soup is perfect for cooler days as it’s slightly warming
              • Perfect for confinement, postpartum, and post period
              • Ideal for the whole family, including children
              • These ingredients are readily available in most Chinese supermarkets around the world, all you need is just a chicken!
              • Be sure to to consult your (Chinese) doctor first if you’re unsure of consumption or suitability
              • You can store this soup base in a plastic container (or jar with a wide mouth so it’s easier to use back later) for up to 6 months in the freezer

               

              What’s involved?

              Prep time: 30 mins

              Cook time: 3 hours

              Total time: 3 hours 30 mins

              Serves: 8 bowls 

              Ingredients

              Cooking Instructions

              1. Optional step the night before is to salt the pork shanks and chicken overnight and wrap and store in the fridge to let it sit.  This will allow the flavors to marinate and soften the meat.
              2. Begin to boil a separate pot for blanching the meat
              3. Soak the dried conpoys in warm water for 10 minutes
              4. Prepare your chicken and cutting it into quarters (or any size you prefer)
              5. When your blanching water boils, add in the pork and chicken and boil on high heat for 5 minutes. Make sure the water is boiling and you should see residue, fat, grim, and even foam come to the surface.
              6. Begin to boil your soup water
              7. Once your soup water boils, remove the meat from the blanching pot and shake off any excess and slowly lower into your soup water
              8. Add in dried conpoys
              9. Boil on medium heat for 30 minutes
              10. Reduce heat to the lowest and cover and let it simmer like that for another 2-3 hours (or use a thermal pot). The soup should now be a rich, golden color after boiling for so long. Be sure to scoop out any oil, fat bits, or skin from the top with an oil scooper

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