Nutritious Ginger Wine Pheasant Soup

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Ginger wine pheasant soup

Ginger wine pheasant soup

I am not too sure about the West but in Asian countries, nutritious, tonic soup is a very important part of the diet. My mom used to make for us very often. It’s mainly chicken (or other meat) soup with Chinese herbs. However, I must say that I don’t make as often as my mom did. I do make soup very frequently but only occasionally with Chinese herbs. I love my soup with a lot of vegetables or wine.

Making soup is actually very easy. For me, the easiest meal is one with a delicious soup. Just add some vegetables and it’s a very balanced, healthy meal. My family likes it with rice or noodles.

We all know that chicken these days are fed with lots of antibiotics and other stuff to their feed to keep them from diseases and also to help them grow faster. To avoid that, it’s advisable to go for free range, organic chicken or those birds that run in the wild. Pheasants is one of them. I often buy them from Sainsbury, priced at £5 each.

Male pheasant

Male pheasant

Pheasants, especially the male ones are actually very attractive. I happened to see a pair of them at quite a close range recently. My friend managed to get a good picture of it (picture here).

Stone's Ginger Wine


This past week I have been feeling very tired. I think I have been trying to do too much thing within a short period of time. Finally I decided to take a nap in the afternoon and also more nutritious food. It did help. Very glad that I am feeling fresh and energised once again.

The other day, I cooked ginger wine and white wine with it. This is what my mom would suggest if we are feeling stressed and tired. It was VERY delicious! Actually you don’t need a fixed recipe for this soup. Just add as much or as little as you like. I like to use Stone’s Ginger Wine. It’s very delicious. You can even drink it as it is. It is very warming for cold weather. You can get this wine in supermarkets like Asda.

1 pheasant
2 carrots
3 medium potatoes
4 stalks celery
2 big onions
1 knob ginger
1 whole garlic
1/2 bottle Stone’s ginger wine
1C white wine
light soya sauce (to taste)

Cut through the joints

Cut through the joints

Cut up the pheasant into big chunks. My mom taught us to cut through the joints. It doesn’t take much effort. All you need is a sharp cleaver.

Put pheasant pieces into pot

Put pheasant pieces into pot

Cut into smaller pieces if you want. In fact if you are lazy, you can just dump the whole pheasant into the pot. There may be some small feathers. You can easily remove them.

Add vegetables to the pot

Add vegetables to the pot

Clean, peel and cut up all the vegetables and add to the pot. The vegetables give it added sweetness and nutrients. I like to use Scotty Brand carrots and potatoes. They taste very good. You can get them in all major supermarkets.

Ginger wine pheasant soup

Ginger wine pheasant soup

Add the ginger wine and the white wine to the pot. Add some water too. Let it boil for about 20 minutes. Turn off the fire and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Add soya sauce to season. Serve hot. You can cook it longer but then the meat will be softer if you like it that way. Make your favourite dipping sauce to go with the meat. We just like it with some light soya sauce and chilli oil.

Hope you are taking good care of your health…enough rest and healthy food. Of course, keep smiling, too!….*big smiles*

Other nutritious chicken soups that you may be interested in:
Chicken And Winter Melon Soup
Chicken Tonic Soup
Nutritious Ginger Wine Chicken Soup

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somewhere in singapore  on May 24th, 2012

I’m fast today, can i reserve that bowl for my lunch later, lol

Belinda @zomppa  on May 24th, 2012

These tonic soups are not so common here in the US but my folks certainly made us drink our fair share.

noobcook  on May 24th, 2012

you’re right that nothing like a bowl of tonic soup to perk one up… love the addition of ginger wine.

TasteHongKong  on May 25th, 2012

I could tell this is a great soup especially for us women. Definitely love to give this a try if I could have access to such meaty pheasant.

Cheah  on May 25th, 2012

This sure is good food, Mary. Does pheasant taste like chicken?

Blackswan  on May 25th, 2012

I love tonics! OMG, that bird is so cute! I’ve never tasted it before, never knew they can be eaten. I wouldn’t mind having a bowl, dear :)

Lyndsey  on May 26th, 2012

Very nice soup! I have never run across any pheasant before…well not since in my yard when I was a child growing up in Michigan. When my father hunted that what he hunted for. We had an English Springer Spaniel and when we went for a walk in the woods he would flush out the pheasant every chance he could. Talk about heart stopping. What a noise they make!

I will have to find this ginger wine, I love to have ginger when I am under the weather!

Mistletoe  on May 26th, 2012

Mmm…this looks so yummy! I’m not sure if I’ve ever had pheasant before. The meat is so red - interesting. My kids love soup, but they only like to drink the soup. Which is ok coz that’s very healthy too. That ginger wine intrigues me. I’d imagine it to take like alcoholic Gingerale. Haha. Where G comes from, it’s very common to have soup everyday. Usually one soup and 2 or 3 main dishes with rice. I’ve never heard of this soup before. Thank you for introducing it to me. Until next time :D Take good care of yourself!!!

skip to malou  on May 26th, 2012

I’ve never had pheasants before. But I do understand what you mean about tonic food and drinks that we were forced to gulp down haha. I don’t quite frankly do that to my kids or if ever i did .. it’s rarely.
Have a great weekend Mary!

Only Fish Recipes  on May 27th, 2012

hmmmm…thats a very tempting soup!!!!!!!loved it !!!!!!

Katerina  on May 27th, 2012

I feel tired too Mary! This soup would definitely do me good! Looks very hearty and appetizing!

Rebecca  on May 27th, 2012

Lovely soup and your mum sounds great good for you for taking care of yourself we all need some of that big hugs

Jeannie  on May 27th, 2012

No pheasants here, or if there are, I have not came across any yet or do not recognise them as pheasants lol! Free range chicken would be a good substitute to cook this soup I think! Sounds yummy!

lena  on May 28th, 2012

hi mary, hope you’re in top form now after taking this nutritious soup. I do not know pheasants and not sure of they are available here. I’ve never tried combining ginger wine and white wine together, sounds not bad, huh? only used ginger wine and a little addition of brandy. i want to chk out your previous posts as i know i had missed quite a number of them!

Sophie  on June 3rd, 2012

A divine & apart tasty & nutricious soup!

tigerfish  on June 4th, 2012

Oh I can already sense the nourishment in the soup! Yes we cook soup in our family all seasons, even in summer! :p

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