Abalone in Chicken Soup

Abalone in Chicken Soup

Soup Name: Abalone in Chicken Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 鮑魚清雞湯 (bào yú qīng jī tāng)

Introduction:
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.

What Ingredients are required?

1 fresh whole chicken, prepared and quartered
1 pound of fresh pork shank (or any other pork parts for soups is suitable)
6-7 fresh small abalones (or dried)
5-6 dried scallops (conpoys)
1 handful of wolfberries
20 g of dried peanuts (for soups)
20 g of euryale or fox nuts
5 sticks of dried Chinese yam
2 litres of water


How do I prepare it?

  1. Prepare chicken (in quarters) by rinsing and blanching in a pot of boiling water (let it boil for about 2-3 minutes)
  2. Remove chicken and set aside
  3. Boil your pork in the same pot of boiling water as the chicken (for 2-3 minutes)
  4. Drain water and set aside
  5. Wash and clean abalone (with a toothbrush to be sure to brush off all the black residue)
  6. Wash and soak for 10 minutes all the dried herbs
  7. Boil your soup water
  8. When your soup water is boiling, add all the ingredients together
  9. Boil on high heat for 30 minutes and reduce to low boil for another 2 hours.
  10. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent warming soup for cold days
  • Good to increase blood circulation and blood flow
  • It is considered to be of the “healing” categories of soup
  • If used for confinement, you can make the soup more concentrated (less water or more ingredients)

Any precautions?

  • As the whole chicken can be oily, be sure to remove all oil before serving
  • Minimize herbs when used for children (above sampling suggested)
  • Peanuts are also introduced in this soup, so remove or avoid giving to children as suggested with potential peanut allergies

Similar soups:

 

Snow Pears and Apples in Chicken Broth

Soup Name: Snow Pears and Apples in Chicken Broth

Traditional Chinese Name:蘋果雪梨雞湯 (píng guǒ xuě lí jī tāng)

Introduction:

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.

What ingredients are required?

1 whole fresh chicken, quartered
3-4 fuji apples
3-4 snow pears
2-3 large dried dates
1 tablespoon of  apricot kernals
3 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Prepare chicken (see instructions on the chicken page) and quarter
  2. Begin boiling your soup water
  3. Rinse and soak in warm water the dried dates and apricot kernals for 10 minutes
  4. Blanch the chicken in a separate pot of boiling water
  5. Wash the snow pears and apples, halve and core
  6. Add all the ingredients to boiling water
  7. Boil on high for thirty minutes and reduce to a medium boil for an hour
  8. Serve and enjoy

Any benefits?

  • Snow pears are cooling and help in nourishing the lungs and cooling the heart
  • This soup is ideal for the summer months
  • It helps relieve heatiness and conditions such as sore and dry throats or heated bodies from consumption of fried and spicy foods

Any precautions?

  • Snow pears are mildly “cooling” so people who sensitive to cooling soups should caution
  • The chicken itself is quite fatty, so use an oil scooper to remove the fat and oil
Coconut, Chinese Yam and Fresh Conch in Chicken Broth

Coconut, Chinese Yam and Fresh Conch in Chicken Broth

Soup Name: Coconut, Chinese Yam and Fresh Conch in Chicken Broth

Traditional Chinese Name: 椰子螺雞湯 (yē zi luó jī tāng)

Introduction:

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?

  1. Prepare chicken & conch (read each ingredient on instructions on preparation)
  2. In a pot of boiling water, blanch chicken and conch
  3. Prepare Chinese Yam by washing, peeling and cutting into large edible cubes (wear gloves while doing this)
  4. Prepare fresh coconut by cutting it with the inner brown skin into long thin pieces
  5. When your water boils, add all the ingredients in and boil on high for 30 minutes.  Reduce to a medium boil for another hour.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • 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

Any precautions?

  • 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

 

Fresh Snow Pears in Chicken Soup with Snow Fungus

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)

Introduction:

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.

What ingredients are required?

chicken (whole), skinned and quartered
2 whole dried snow fungus, cored and quartered
4 fresh snow pears, halved and cored

2 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Rinse and soak dried snow fungus in a bowl of enough water to immerse it in for about an hour (or until soft)
  2. Clean and prepare the chicken
  3. Boil a pot of water to blanch the chicken in and when water boils, add in the chicken and boil for 2-3 minutes
  4. Drain and set aside
  5. Cut the soaked snow fungus into edible portions while discarding the core (which is usually very yellow and hard)
  6. Boil your soup water
  7. Prepare the snow pears by coring and halving (keeping the skin will prevent disintegration)
  8. Add all the ingredients together and boil on high for 30 minutes.  Reduce to a low boil for another hour.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent source of collagen (from the snow fungus)
  • Naturally sweet and packed with Vitamin C
  • Helps nourish the lungs, assist with cough and soothe the throat

Any precautions?

  • Be sure to purchase snow fungus from a reputable source and rinse thoroughly before consumption

Onion and Corn in Chicken Soup

Soup Name: Onion and Corn in Chicken Soup

Chinese Name 洋蔥 玉米湯 (yáng cōng yù mǐ tāng)

Introduction:

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.

What Ingredients are required?

How do I prepare it?

  1. Start boiling your soup water
  2. Boil another pot of water to blanch the chicken
  3. Prepare chicken and blanch in boiling water
  4. Rinse onions, corn and lily bulb and cut into edible sizes
  5. When soup water boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for 30 minutes and reduce to boil for another 30 minutes
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Neutral soup for all to drink
  • Naturally sweet
  • Great source of antioxidants and source of sulfides which help reduce blood pressure

Any precautions?

  • Lily bulbs will disintegrate over a period of time and melt into the soup, naturally thickening it – take caution with small children when this does happen
  • Otherwise, no known precautions – so enjoy!