BLACK-BONE CHICKEN SOUP WITH DRIED CHINESE YAM AND WHITE FUNGUS

Another soup that's good for the ladies! :P This soup can help to calm the nerves, protect the heart and womb, and nourishes Yin. It is,...

Another soup that's good for the ladies! :P This soup can help to calm the nerves, protect the heart and womb, and nourishes Yin. It is, of course, suitable for the whole family too. Chinese Yam can help strengthen the stomach/spleen and nourish the kidneys, while white fungus can help to nourish the lungs, expel heat and improve metabolism. As I mentioned before, white fungus is also known as the 'poor man's bird nest' as it is rich in phyto-collagen which can help to keep skin youthful :D This soup is also suitable for those after childbirth or who had just undergone a surgery as white fungus can help to speed up recovery.

A soup that can help to brighten and moisturize the skin :D

Ingredients:

  • 1 tael (Approx 37.5g) Dried Chinese yam
  • 5 maces (Approx 18.9g) gojiberries
  • 5 maces (Approx 18.9g) dried longan
  • 5 maces (Approx 18.9g) white fungus/snow fungus
  • 10 red dates, pits removed
  • 1 black-bone chicken, skin removed and chopped into pieces
  • 2500ml water

  1. Soak and rinse white fungus for a few minutes til fully expanded. Drain and set aside.
  2. Scald black-bone chicken in boiling water for 5 minutes. Rinse and set aside.
  3. Rinse all remaining ingredients and set aside.
  4. Put all ingredients in a stew mug. Pour in water and cover with lid. Double boil for 4 hours and serve.

Tips:

I've used both dehydrated Chinese Yam and the normal dried Chinese Yam for this soup. It is my first time buying the dehydrated ones, so I put both in together to see what's the difference. After 4 hours of boiling, the normal ones literally melts once you put them into the mouth but the dehydrated ones remain slightly harder. So if you like eating the Chinese yam in soups, it would be better to get the dehydrated ones :)
Left: Dehydrated Chinese Yam. Right: Normal dried Chinese Yam.

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