21 June 2008


To build up the immunity of my family I would normally boil herbal soup depending on the weather. As the weather is so unpredictable nowadays, it is best to feed them with not too cooling or heaty soup. A person must have a balance of ying and yang to maintain good health.

Chicken ginseng soup is the favourite soup. As the weather is so hot and humid it is advisable to use white chicken rather than black chicken as the latter is more heaty and normally suitable for the weak and those who had just recovered from sickness.  American ginseng is used as complement which is bittersweet and cold in nature.

I bought a normal size white chicken and stuffed it with ginseng, red dates, woolberries and glutinous rice. Red dates promote blood cell formation and strengthen the body. To reduce heatiness of the soup, it is best to deseed the dates. The soup is boiled for half an hour and left to simmer for at least 3-4 hours before serving.

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