Nutritious Ginger Wine Chicken Soup

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Fabulous wine chicken soup

Fabulous wine chicken soup

This Ginger Wine Soup is strong, nutritious and tastes awesome. I suggest you don’t drink a big bowl in one go. A small Chinese bowl of the soup would do.

Ginger Wine Soup is very popular in my family as we grew up. This is a Chinese health-building soup. It’s either chicken wine soup or pork wine soup. My parents believe that it is very nutritious and very good for health. I still remember my dad would bring a bowl to me every night while I was there at my desk studying. My parents believe that nothing in life matters anymore once you lose your health. So taking care of our health was my parent’s top priority. I’m really thankful to them for doing that because now I know how to take care of my family’s health.

If you love wine and ginger, you will really like this soup. It is strong I must say but is very good. It is very nutritious for the body as my parents say. Cooking ginger wine soup is very easy. And without the alcohol left after boiling, it is very warming and nutritious to the body.There are various types of wine that my parents used…..red wine, white wine, white rice wine and red rice wine. There’s one particular wine that is reputed to be very nutritious for health and that is D.O.M. I’ll share the recipe for the wine soup here using this wine, D.O.M. A lot of women drink this soup after giving birth to help to restore and rejuvenate the body.

wine, D.O.M.(40%)

wine, D.O.M.(40%)

Ingredients (for 4 people)
4 whole chicken legs (corn-fed, free range is best)
1/2C dried longan
1/2C ginger juice (from about 150g ginger)
1/4 C wolfberries (gei jee)
1C water
1C D.O.M.

Gei Jee

Wolfberries (gei ji)

Dried longan

Dried longan

You can make the ginger by putting it into the blender together with the wine and blend until fine. Remove and squeeze out the juice. Or an easy way which I always do is to juice it using my most wonderful juicer. It will squeeze out almost all the juice from the ginger. You can add in more ginger juicer if you like but 1/2 cup of the ginger juice is already quite strong for me.

Juicing ginger with twin gear juicer

Juicing ginger with twin gear juicer

Ginger juice

Ginger juice

Put everything into a pot and boil on low fire for a couple of hours. That’s it. Enjoy it while still hot. Do not add in any seasonings. Add an extra few spoons of the wine when serving if you like for that extra kick.

Everything in the pot to cook

Everything in the pot to cook

Do you take any nutritious soup for health? What type of soup do you cook for health? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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9 Comments

Divina  on September 11th, 2009

This sounds like my dad’s cooking. This is the kind of food he would cook for the family. What if you don’t have a juicer (as of the moment). I guess I would be grating lots of ginger and squeeze them through a cheesecloth. I could probably use some Shao Hsing wine instead. This is definitely dad’s cooking. This is what he would give to for post pregnant women. He made a lot of soups before most Chinese soups. One of them is the oyster soup with noodles.

TasteHongKong  on September 11th, 2009

The older generation says this soup is good for bringing and keeping warmth in our body, so it is particularly suitable for consumption during cold seasons.

I shall see if DOM is available in HK. Thanks.

Mary  on September 12th, 2009

Divina and TasteHongKong, thanks very much for your comments. This is such a good soup that I’m going to cook it more often for my family….good for health too.

lisa ng  on October 1st, 2009

now we’re talking ! Hi Mary, I am Cantonese and a big soup head. My mother always amaze on how i love all the herbal soups she make ever since i was a child! and still love them…..just makes you feel all so warm and cozy inside…especially when winter is just around the corner …cant wait to see your other recipes! thankx :)

Mary  on October 2nd, 2009

@Lisa - thanks for sharing. Really lovely to meet you. I heard that Cantonese must have soup everyday. Now you have just proven it…lol. I definitely need more soup, too, for the coming winter.

Alice  on October 31st, 2010

Hi Mary, I enjoy reading your blog.

May I know where can I buy D.O.M in Malaysia?

Mary  on October 31st, 2010

@Alice - Thanks very much for visiting and your lovely comment, Alice! I think you can buy D.O.M. at shops that sell wine of Chinese herbal shop. I bought before but so sorry I can’t remember where I bought it. Let me know if you can’t find it and I will ask my Malaysian friends. You can also email me. Have fun cooking! :D

sambath  on January 10th, 2012

I live in Cambodia.
I drink Dom wine every day,just only 10ml.
I want to know the Dom wine selling in Cambodia is the origin one or not? Because when I buy it there is no packing, just only a bottle of wine

Mary  on January 10th, 2012

@sambath - It’s good that you drink a little DOM everyday. I think it’s very good for health. I’m not too sure about the DOM you buy in your place. So far those that I had bought do not come in a box but there’s proper label on the bottle. The bottle cover is also well sealed. I do hope that what you get there is the genuine one. Take care and hope you have a wonderful day.

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