ABC Soup in a Collagen Rich Salmon Head and Chicken Feet Broth
ABC Chinese Soup in a collagen rich Salmon Broth (with Chicken Feet)
Traditional Chinese Name:
雜菜蕃茄三文魚湯 (zá cài fānjiā sānwènyú tāng)
Nature: Slightly cooling
Taste: Sweet and savory
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Taking collagen to the next level! This soup is packed with natural collagens that help retain moisture, firmness, and bounce in the skin.
What does a jelly soup mean? (Without using thickeners like corn starch or flour).
It means… it’s got copious amounts of natural collagens!
There are so many ingredients within Chinese soups that allow for natural collagens to seep out into the soup for natural and healthy glowing skin!
This one combines the salmon head and chicken feet! Just look at how viscous the soup is, it’s probably bordering being a solid! Full video below on how to make this soup!
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 90 minutes
Total time: 120 mins
Serves: 8 bowls
- Wash and clean the salmon heads, ensuring they are sliced in half (you can get the fish butcher at your market to do this, or if you buy packaged, they are usually precut)
- In a shallow pan, add some oil and ginger on medium heat and pan fry the salmon head until the skin and both sides are slightly crispy
- Optional step to remove the nails of the chicken feet by either cutting them off with scissors to the first knuckle or chopping with a knife
- In your soup pot, begin to boil your soup water on high heat. Once boiling, add in the cooked salmon head along with the chicken feet. You can also add the dried scallops and the dried Chinese Yam. (I will add the salmon head into a soup bag first for easier disposal later).
- Wash, peel and chop potatoes into large chunks (not too small else they will disintegrate quickly into the soup).
- Wash and chop the corn into 3-4 pieces.
- Wash and quarter your tomatoes.
- Add in chopped potatoes, corn, and tomatoes into the soup.
- Cover and reduce to a medium boil for about 90 minutes. The longer you boil out the soup, the more the collagen comes out of the salmon head and chicken feet.
- Garnish, serve and enjoy!
How to get this jelly like soup?
- To get that thick consistency and jelly like soup, I allowed it to low boil for another few hours and kept it in the pot until the evening, strained all the ingredients and kept just the broth in a bowl and put it in the fridge.
- You can reheat in a small pot the day after and it is still as delicious!
- But this really was my experiment to show you the beautiful collagen in the soup. It’s not as obvious as a liquid, but when cooled, it looks amazing!
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Tips for making (and eating) this soup:
- You can actually directly pan fry the fish in the pot (it saves one pot of washing)
- Use a soup bag! These things are so useful when you want to clean up or strain the soup for later. However, open the bag… there is a lot of fish meat on the heads, which all contain healthy fats and more collagen! And the fish cheeks! Do you know the story of the fish cheeks? I’ll have to tell it one day! LOL.
- Don’t forget to scoop out the extra fat, oil, and bits from the soup before serving. There isn’t a lot from the type of proteins used, but the chicken feet will have a bit.
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