I was brought up drinking a lot of Chinese herbal soup, especially in my teen years when things back home were better off. My parents talked about it often, sharing with us the importance of all the Chinese herbs and spices. My mom knows a lot of Chinese cures but sadly none of us learned anything from her.
For centuries Chinese people use herbs for all sorts of medical cures and beauty treatments. Soups made from these Chinese herbs have long known to be powerful and effective tonics to our bodies to keep us healthy and young which is good news especially for ladies. There are different herbs and different combination for different cures and problems. Just visit a Chinese drug store and you will be surprised at the many drawers of herbs.
Just in case you missed it, Ann, popularly known as Anncoo, sent me a packet of goodies all the way from Singapore recently. I wrote about it, Special Blogger friend And Gift, and how she turned my bad day to a day of smiles. There were herbal soup mix, curry pastes, jelly powder and a lovely card in the box.
My children squealed with delight when they saw it but the first one they jumped on was the Herbal Chicken Soup Spices as they always like soup. I was just too happy to cook it. I got up early to go and buy chicken. I cooked it for dinner. With this mix, cooking soup is just a flash and a great meal follows. The soup is indeed very, very delicious as Ann told me.
The recipe is at the back of the packet and is very easy to follow. This is what I used. I didn’t have button mushrooms so I used baby corns which added a natural sweetness to the soup.
1 packet of Herbal Chicken Soup Spices
2 chicken legs (skinned, deboned and cut into bite size pieces)
160g baby corn
Put everything into a pot and let it boil under low to medium fire for about an hour. Turn off the fire and add garnishes and seasoning according to your taste. It is a clear soup and very delicious.
I actually cooked another dish of meat and vegetables to go with the rice but very little was eaten. My children were very happy just to have this soup poured over rice. They each had a big bowl. This is a nutritious soup so I’m very glad they liked it.
If you like soup and would like to try this one, you can buy from most Asian shops, especially Chinese shops. You may not be able to get the same brand like me, but you can try out other brands too.
Do you like soups? Have you tried herbal soups? What is your favourite soup? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
Quote of the day……
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