This soup is for those who often feel sluggish and is a great tonic soup for women.
Black chicken replenishes blood while dried longan nourishes blood. Chinese yam or Huai Shan helps with digestion and nourishes kidney. See my earlier post on Chinese Yam with Dang Shen Soup that helps moisture lungs and alleviates coughing symptons.
Dang Gui, or angelica root improves secretions of female hormones, helps improve fertility and regulate the female reproductive cycle. An excellent herb to counter polycystic ovaries. Dang Gui also has a high level of antioxidants, boosts immunity and apparently stops wheezing.
This is another great soup for our asthmatic family because both Dang Gui and Chinese Yam help to reduce our cough symptoms. However, as most of the ingredients here nourish and replenish blood, we ladies should not drink this soup during our period and pregnancy as to avoid excessive bleeding and dang gui encourages uterus contractions! It is more of a postpartum care soup.
Dang Gui (20 grams)
Dried Huai Shan (20 grams). When buying dried huai shan, avoid the distinctly white ones as these may be bleached in the packaging process.
Dried Longan (20 grams).
Ginger ( 2 pieces)
Black Boned Chicken (1 or 2, depending on size)
Blanch chicken in a small pot of boiling water for about 5 minutes and remove from water. These steps help remove impurities from the meat so that you get a clear stock.
Peel off the skin from the ginger and cut into slices.
Place all the ingredients once the pot of water starts boiling. Bring to a boil over high heat and turn to low heat.
Simmer for 2 to 3 hours.
Turn off the heat before you season the soup with salt.
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