Traditional Chinese Name: 鮑魚清雞湯 (bào yú qīng jī tāng)
This soup is a powered up version of the Chicken Herbal Soup. Packed with the natural sea-sweetness of the abalones and herbs, it’s a great soup for the cold winter months or confinement. You can eat the abalone as whole pieces (usually the smaller ones are cheaper, but it’s still an expensive soup), or sliced thinly and dipped in soy sauce. Regardless, don’t waste the abalone! In addition, I know it says Chicken soup, but the Chinese commonly also add a small pork shank or pork bone to their otherwise known as Chicken and even Fish soups. You can’t get away from the staple pork.
Traditional Chinese Name:蘋果雪梨雞湯 (píng guǒ xuě lí jī tāng)
This naturally sweet soup is great in lowering “heatiness” in the body. It’s not overly cooling, but does help soothe sore throats, sun stroke (& dehydration), and cool down that fiery feeling in your body when you eat too many fried and spicy foods. It’s great for kids, is super easy to make and the ingredients are readily available.
Soup Name: Coconut, Chinese Yam and Fresh Conch in Chicken Broth
Traditional Chinese Name: 椰子螺雞湯 (yē zi luó jī tāng)
This soup (because of the fresh conch) cost me a whopping $500 HKD. For starters, it’s a really delicious soup and it’s naturally sweet, but you can pretty much achieve similar results with probably cheaper ingredients. The vendor has suggested NOT to use the coconut water because that is pretty fattening, but other than that, it’s truly a perfect winter soup.
What ingredients are required?
1 fresh chicken, quartered 2 large fresh conch 1 fresh whole coconut, sliced into thin pieces 2 feet of fresh Chinese Yam, largely sliced 2 L of water
How do I prepare it?
Prepare chicken & conch (read each ingredient on instructions on preparation)
In a pot of boiling water, blanch chicken and conch
Prepare Chinese Yam by washing, peeling and cutting into large edible cubes (wear gloves while doing this)
Prepare fresh coconut by cutting it with the inner brown skin into long thin pieces
When your water boils, add all the ingredients in and boil on high for 30 minutes. Reduce to a medium boil for another hour.
Serve and enjoy!
This is a great winter soup as it is warming to the body (but not overly heaty)
Naturally sweet, so no salt is needed
This Chinese soup is rich in proteins and fiber
The coconut isn’t the easiest thing to cut into thin strips, so if it’s too difficult, use larger chunks
Be sure to thoroughly clean the conch (ie: with either salt, cornstarch or a toothbrush)
The coconut meat is high in saturated fat and is high in cholesterol, so consume with caution
Use an oil scooper to remove the fattiness of the chicken meat in the soup
Soup Name: Fresh Snow Pears in Chicken Soup with Snow Fungus
Traditional Chinese Name: 雪梨雪耳雞湯 (xuě lí xuě ěr jī tāng)
This end of autumn and into winter soup is slightly sweet, not too cooling and is deliciously simple to make. With only a handful of ingredients, it is an ideal soup for the whole family and will have your kids asking for more. Add more pears to sweeten it, but you can also use the Chicken Herbal Soup base to start as well.
This soup creation is courtesy of my mother. She was here visiting Hong Kong and made this soup for me and it was absolutely delicious! Who would have thought that onions and corn mixed in the simplest of combination would be so tasty, naturally sweet and easy to drink? I think it is also the addition of the lily bulbs that created the rich, sweetness of the soup. I recommend all families try this soup. It is neutral for all to drink, contains all natural ingredients and is super, duper easy to make! I also kept this soup over a period of 2 days and found the longer it sat, the sweeter it became – just be sure to boil your soup each time and when not drinking it, boil it and keep it covered as not to let any bacteria in if keeping overnight.