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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Sweet Potato, Corn and Chinese Yam in Fish Soup

Sweet Potato, Corn and Chinese Yam in Fish Soup

Sweet Potato, Corn and Chinese Yam in Fish Soup

Soup Name:

Sweet Potato, Corn and Chinese Yam in Fish Soup

Traditional Chinese Name:

蕃薯玉米魚湯 (gān shǔ yù mǐ yú tāng)

Nature:  Neutral

Taste: Sweet and savory

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This simple and slightly sweet soup is really ideal for kids and children. I originally made this as a base for a lunch (consisting of fish balls and macaroni) and the kids loved it! Soups are so diverse in that you can use it as a base for stews, congee, noodles and other Chinese dishes. Keeping it simple will allow you to diversify your “final” dish and get really creative!

What’s involved?

Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time: 1 hour

Total time: 1 hour and 20 mins

Serves: 10 bowls

Ingredients
Cooking Instructions
  1. In a shallow pan, fry the fish with the ginger until the meat is cooked and the edges are slightly crispy
  2. When cooked, set aside to cool
  3. Prepare vegetables and take caution with the Chinese Yam (wear gloves or keep the skin on)
  4. Boil your soup water
  5. At this time, you can put your cooled fish into a soup bag.  This will allow all the bones and meat to hold together as the fish disintegrates during boiling (safer for children) and easier to strain the soup for service
  6. When the water boils, add all the ingredients together and boil on high for 30 minutes
  7. Reduce heat to simmer for another 30 minutes
  8. Salt to taste if needed, but try it first
  9. Serve and enjoy!

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Chinese Yam with Apples and Corn in Chicken Broth

Chinese Yam with Apples and Corn in Chicken Broth

Soup Name: Chinese Yam with Apples and Corn in Chicken Broth (with Ginger)

Traditional Chinese Name:  蘋果玉米淮山雞湯 (píng guǒ yù mǐ huái shān jī tāng)

Introduction:
A simple, clean chicken broth with just a hint of sweetness and a tang of spice (from the ginger). Depending on who your consumer is, add less or more ginger. For confinement, don’t be scared to throw it all in! This soup is easy to make, it’s got basic neutral ingredients and is great for the whole family!

 

What Ingredients are required?

1 fresh whole chicken, quartered
4-5 whole apples, cored and quartered
2 fresh corn, quartered
2 fresh pieces of Chinese Yam about 1 foot in length, peeling is optional, quartered
150 g of sliced fresh ginger (for confinement purposes)
2 L of water
salt to taste

How do I prepare it?

  1. Clean, prepare and blanch chicken in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes
  2. Set aside to cool
  3. Wash, prepare apples, corn and Chinese Yam
  4. Slice ginger thinly
  5. Boil your soup water, when it boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for about 30 minutes and reduce to a simmer for 1 hour
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • With ginger, it’s a slightly warm soup, but without it, it’s neutral
  • Pregnancy, confinement and child friendly
  • Sweet and fresh to the taste
  • Excellent source of Vitamins and hearty to eat

Any precautions?

  • For children, go easy on the ginger because that can really spice up the soup!
  • Be sure to clean, peel Chinese Yam with gloves as the outer skin of the Chinese Yam can make your fingers itchy (if you opt to peel the skin)

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Vegetarian Snow Pear and Corn Soup

Vegetarian Snow Pear and Corn Soup

Vegetarian Snow Pear and Corn Soup

Soup Name:

Vegetarian Snow Pear and Corn Soup

Traditional Chinese Name:

雪梨玉米湯 (xuě lí yù mǐ tāng)

 

This simple, clean and very sweet soup is great for people with sore throats or heaty bodies. You can actually drink it cold or hot and it’s ideal for all seasons. I’ve decided to go meatless because I wanted to drink it cool and it turned out fabulous. Fat free, oil free and made with all natural ingredients, it’s great for kids and adults alike.

Any benefits?

  • Meatless soup is great for vegetarians and is fat and oil free
  • Helps cool the body
  • Great for sore throats
  • Excellent source of Vitamin C
  • Can be drank both cold or hot
What’s involved?
Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 30 mins

Total time: 40 mins

Serves: 8 bowls

Ingredients
  • 4 fresh snow pears, halved and cored
  • 3 fresh carrots, cut into large pieces
  • 2 fresh corn, cut into large pieces
  • 1 fresh onion, quartered
  • 2 L of water
Cooking Instructions
  1. Wash and prepare all the vegetables and snow pears
  2. Boil your soup water
  3. When your soup water boils, throw all the ingredients together
  4. Boil on high heat for 30 minutes and reduce to a medium boil for another 1 hour
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Vegetarian Chinese Broth

Vegetarian Chinese Broth

Vegetarian Chinese Broth

Soup Name:

Vegetables Chinese Broth

Traditional Chinese Name:

蔬菜湯 (shūcài tāng)

Nature:  Neutral in nature

Taste: Sweet and savory

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This is basically vegetables and water, but to think that a combination of the right vegetables can be so tasty! You really don’t need to add any additives such as salt, sugar or meat because it really is delicious as it is. Consider using a variety of vegetables as well, such as red beets (which I will try as a recommendation from a friend), potatoes, yams, Chinese yams and more. This soup is ideal for any age group, condition and individual!

What’s involved?

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 60 minutes 

Total time: 75 mins

Serves: 8 bowls

Ingredients

Cooking Instructions

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  2. Begin to boil your soup water
  3. When soup water boils, add all the ingredients together
  4. Boil on high for an hour
  5. Serve and enjoy!  NO SALT NECESSARY!

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