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