I have many Chinese friends who loves to takes Chinese herbs or we called it's as Chinese Nutrition Therapy . Chinese food therapy is a modality of traditional Chinese medicine(TCM) like American ginseng(fah kei sam),Chinese Angelica (Dong Quai),gojiberry(ke zhi),gingko, wai san,fragrant solomonseal rhizome or rhizoma polygon,Cordyceps sinensis, Caterpillar Fungus and many more..But for me, I not used to eat this kind of herbs and not very knowledgeable how to make it in the proper way to benefit my health....I understand each combination of the herbs have a real meaning like "yin and yang" toward our body and mind. Years ago, I bought a bunch of Chinese herbs for my confinement (gave birth) but until today I still have some leftover in freezer.To be precise,the American ginseng and cordyceps sinensis I had is more then 6 year old.So in order to make this soup I bought a Silkie chicken...Hubby is not interested in any kind of Chinese soup,so it's just my 6 year old daughter and me to consume this wonderful and luxury soup!! I only used half of the chicken and ingredients this time since my double boiler is not big enough to make the whole chicken.I will make the rest of the other half ingredients next week. It's a great soup not to said it's taste delicious too!! Priceless!!
1/2 Silkie chicken(black chicken)
3 dried scallop(canpoy)
15 strands dried rhizome of Polygonatum odoratum(yu zhu)
4-5 cordyceps sinensis or caterpillar fungus (Dong Chong Xia Cao)
4-5 slices American Ginseng or Panax Ginseng(Xi Yang Shen)
15 dried longan(long yan rou)
5-6 slices Angelica Sinensis(Dong Quai)
2-3 cups water(depend of the size of your double boiler)
1 tbsp seasalt or to taste
1:Wash all the herbs ,set aside.Clean the silkie chicken,remove the head or unwanted organ before cut into 4 pieces.*Note: I only used 1/2 of herbs and Silkie chicken*
2:Prepare steamer with water at high heat.Place Silkie chicken and herbs except salt in double boiler before add in water.Close double boiler with lid.When steamer is rolling boil,slowly place double boiler into the steamer.Reduce the heat to medium low.Simmer the Silkie chicken for 4- 5 hours.
3:Add in seasalt before remove the chicken from steamer.Dish out and serve warm ..