Monday, August 25, 2008
Dong Quai Chicken Herbal Soup (當歸汤)
This Angelica soup (當歸汤) or "female ginseng" is widely used in Chinese traditional medicine to treat gynecological ailments, mild anemia, fatigue and high blood pressure. This soup is also cooked for new mom in the last two weeks of confinement. It is also one of my favorite soups and I cook this soup 2-3 times per month. It is best for women to drink this after each menstrual cycle to revitalize. Bonus is this soup is very sweet and delicious.
2 Chicken drumsticks
2-3 pieces of sliced Angelica (Dong Guai)
10 pieces of dried Polygonatum (Yok Chook)
10 red dates
1 .5 Tbsp. wolfberrie/Goji berries (kee chi)
6 dried longan
Salt to taste
1. In a stock pot, add in the water and let it boiled. Rinse all the herbs with water, drained.
2. When boiled, add in the chicken drumsticks and the rest of the ingredients except salt.
3. When boiled again, turn the heat to low and let it simmer for 3-4 hours. Season to taste with salt and serve hot.