Chicken soup to rejuvenate the tired body

Other than rice, my son absolutely loves to drink soup. In fact, he’d rather drink soup than milk! I’ve been working late into the night a lot these days (blogging and some freelance writing work) so a nice bowl of nutritious chicken soup is really good to rejuvenate my tired body.

This is a recipe for nutritious and highly healthy clear chicken soup:

Chicken and Ginseng Soup

Chicken and Ginseng Soup

Chicken Soup For the Tired Body

(with ginseng / pao sam and Dom)

Ingredients

Half chicken, cleaned and skin removed (so that soup will not be so oily)

6 – 7 pieces of pao sam (a type of ginseng)

4 – 5 tbsp Dom

1 tbsp salt

1 tbsp kei chi (wolfberries)

5 dried red dates

1 litre water

Instructions

1. Prepare your chicken and place in a zipper bag.

I use Dom to season the chicken and add it to the soup

2. Take out a bottle of Dom to use it as seasoning for the chicken and the soup

Pour about 2 - 3 tbsp of Dom into the chicken

3. Pour about 2 - 3 tbsp of Dom into the chicken in the bag and sorta mix the chicken well

Seal the bag and let the chicken season for several hours or overnight in the fridge

4. Seal the bag and let the chicken season for several hours or overnight in the fridge

Soak and drain the wolfberries and red dates

5. Soak and drain the wolfberries and red dates

6. Heat up a pot of water till boiling.

Get your chicken, Dom and pao sam ready

7. Get your chicken, Dom and pao sam ready

First, add the wolfberries and red dates to the boiling water

8. First, add the wolfberries and red dates to the boiling water

Dump in the chicken and the pao sam

9. Dump in the chicken

10. Then, add in these:

This is the pao sam / ginseng I use for the soup

This is the pao sam / ginseng I use for the soup

Here is a closer look at the pao sam

Here is a closer look at the pao sam

It is wise not to use too many as this is a powerful herb and eating too much of it may cause effects such as fever. Just use four to five pieces, it is good enough.

Then add in the Dom Benedictine, about three to five spoonfuls

Then add in the Dom Benedictine, about three to five spoonfuls

The amount of this is actually dependent on you. Also remember to add the salt to this soup.

Cover and then let it simmer over low heat for about 45 minutes

Cover and then let it simmer over low heat for about 45 minutes

It is usually cooked by 30 minutes but if you want better flavour or taste, you can let it simmer longer. After that, you will get this..

Clear chicken soup for the tired body

Clear chicken soup for the tired body

This soup, in Chinese terms, is pretty heaty for the body so only cook this during cool weather. I also used more Dom as I like the extra sweet flavour it gave the soup. Also, this is not suitable if you have a cold or flu as it may make your sorethroat even worse!

You can use a slowcooker to cook this. Just put water in the pot, add the ingredients and let the slowcooker do it’s magic.

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