Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Chinese Herbal Soup (滋阴补肺汤)

There are many kinds of Chinese Herbal soup.  Each is a different remedy for different ailments.  The ones we concoct at home are usually for general well being.

The one I made today provides energy to the body, replenishes blood and strengthens the lungs.


One Spring Chicken (Black or white doesn't matter)

2 pieces of 茯苓 (Fuling, Poria) - For insomnia, restlessness, fatigue, sleep disorder, tension and nervousness

A generous handful of 玉竹 (Yuzhu, Solomon's Seal) - This herb is used for dryness of the lung and stomach, with such symptoms as dry throat, chronic dry cough, thirst, insatiable hunger and irratibility.

2 pieces of 熟地 (Shu di,  Chinese Fox Gloves) - Replenishes Blood

A handful of 麦冬 (Maidong, Dwarf Lilyturf Tuber) - To nourish yin and promote the production of body fluid, moisten the lungs and ease the mind.

2-3 tablespoon of 构杞子 (Gouqizi, wolfberry) - Antioxidant 

5 pieces 党参 (dangshen codonopsis root) - Energizes body, prevents asthma, aids in digestion

How to cook

Put all the herbs in pot with whole spring chicken.
Add enough water to just cover the chicken.

Cook with lid covered over low fire for 3 hours.
Add little salt to taste.

Bon appetit!
Monica Eng

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