Chicken Tonic Soup

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Chicken Tonic Soup For Health

Chicken Tonic Soup For Health

My family loves chicken soup, especially chicken tonic soups. My children always ask for soup. They love it with plain rice or with thin white Chinese noodles called ’somen’. We were brought up drinking a lot of tonic soups where my mom would add in Chinese herbs. It is believed that such chicken soups are very good to the body in health-building purposes.

My mom always reminds me to cook chicken tonic soup often for the family. I try to do that, at least once a week. I just cooked it yesterday. I bought a guinea fowl because it looks like the free range chicken that my mom used to rear. I cooked it with Bak Kut Teh spices which came ready in a packet. This is the easiest way to cook it. This Bak Kut Teh spices is great with pork but I find it goes equally good with chicken. This is how I did it.

Ingredients A
1 packet of Bak Kut Teh spices
1 guinea fowl (or 1 small free range chicken)
1 whole garlic (peel)

Bak Kut Teh Spice

Bak Kut Teh Spice

You can buy this Bak Kut Teh spice in any Asian or Oriental shop. I like this A1 Malaysian brand. There are 2 small packets inside. You only need one small packet for one small chicken. There are also other brands. You can try out. Sometimes I use both the small packets for a stronger taste.

whole chicken

whole chicken

chicken and spice pack in pot

chicken and spice pack in pot

Ingredients B (seasoning)
2T oyster sauce
1T dark soya sauce
1T light soya sauce)

Put the chicken, garlic and the packet of Bak Kut Teh spices into a pot. Add enough water to the pot to cover the chicken. Let it boil and then lower the fire. Cook on low fire for about one and half hours. Add the seasoning. You can adjust according to your taste. The soup looks dark because of the soya sauce but it is very delicious. This soup goes great with plain rice. You can buy some Chinese crullers to go with it.

Have you every tried Bak Kut Teh? Do you cook it yourself? What are your favourite side dishes? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other soup recipes that you may be interested in:
Nutritious Ginger Wine Chicken Soup

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13 Comments

penny aka jeroxie  on September 26th, 2009

how yellow your chicken is. i love bak kut teh in winter! very comforting :)

snacksgiving  on September 26th, 2009

Looks easy to make, and healthy too. I will scout for this spice mix then.

Janis  on September 26th, 2009

Ok, I have to make this!

Divina  on September 26th, 2009

I need this soup right now. After last night’s experience, this soup is just perfect. What’s in a bak kut teh spice? I don’t have anyone to ask except dad who’s very familiar with it.

lululu  on September 27th, 2009

i just happened to have lot of Bak Kut Teh spices packs in my pantry (gifts from my friend from thailand). still couldnt figure how to use them, now I’ve got an idea!
thanks!

Mary  on September 27th, 2009

Penny, agree with you. This soup is awesome during the winter months. I’ll be cooking a lot of this soup and also the ginger wine soup to keep me warm.

Snacksgiving, I’m sure you can get this spice mix in any Oriental shop. I like this A1 brand.

Janis, hope you make this soup soon. It’s very delicious.

Divina, so sorry I’m not sure what’s in the spices. Many different herbs and spices inside. Chinese tonic soup always comes with a blend of herbs and spices and given a name. I’ll try to find out.

Lululu, you are going to enjoy many times of Bak Kut Teh soup!!

Divina  on September 27th, 2009

I believe I’ve heard of it before. Probably dad cooks with it with pork as well. I’ve learned my lesson long time ago to know the ingredients that I’m cooking with. I would really appreciate it. Thanks Mary. Maybe it’s written on the back label. I’ll see if I could find this spice mix.

AnnaHopn  on September 27th, 2009

Interesting, I`ll quote it on my site later.
Have a nice day
AnnaHopn

Jo  on September 28th, 2009

I would love bak kut teh at any time. Especially with you cha kueh.

Mary  on September 29th, 2009

@Divina - I threw away the empty packet but have just bought another packet. So here are the ingredients written on the label :Angelica pepper, Aralia cordata, Sinensis, Cinnamon, Paurantii Star Anise, Astragietc, Cigusticum, Fructus Zanthoxylum. Wow….most of them sound alien to me. My parents would know what each is good for.

@AnnaHopn - Thanks for quoting it on your site.

@Jo - Yes, you cha kueh or Chinese crullers goes best with this soup. It is not easily available here….so sad. I think I have to learn how to make it.

Divina  on September 30th, 2009

Mary, thank you for listing down the ingredients. Some of them are familiar to me. The other are in Latin name. Hope to find a packet soon. Thanks.

GladysKock  on October 6th, 2009

A very Malaysian Bat Kut Teh, great replenishment soup! I just boiled a pot of it last few days, I used Yew Chian Haw premix package, it’s really flavorful with some addition of Toufu pok and shitake mushroom.

Mary  on October 7th, 2009

@Divina - Thanks for adding. Latin names?? I think I give up knowing….just enjoy the soup…LOL

@GladysKock - That’s a new brand to me. Can’t find it here. Yes, it would be so nice with tofu pok but the tofupok here are so tough. Chinese mushrooms will add to the flavour but I forgot to add it in….hmmm. Must be too excited to drink the soup…LOL

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