For me, the choice is clear. I would yearn for something that brings me back to the scents and sizzles at my grandparents' backyard, and the slurps during the birthdays of every single member of my family - our legendary foochow chicken soup.
Recently, I have had multiple requests to share my recipe for this soup, so here you go!
THE LEGENDARY FOOCHOW CHICKEN SOUP
Ingredients (serves 3-4):
|Fry the ginger in sesame oil till fragrant|
|Stirfry chicken in the aromatic ginger-sesame oil concoction till slightly brown, and when the pot is searing hot, pour in the wine and let the alcohol evaporate|
|At this stage, add the rest of your ingredients. the scallop, innards, dates, gojiberries and mushrooms|
So that's it, as easy as ABC.
Then again, I have to say, please use a good chicken, if you only have a soggy battery-farmed chicken in your freezer then you might want to forget about this dish until you can get your hands on a better bird.
Also, if you are into herbs, feel free to add in herbs like cordyceps, ginseng, tang gui, huaishan etc., but it's really not necessary.
I will leave you with a short video of me making this dish for myself during my own birthday earlier this month. Have a go at it and let me know what you think!
Some call it tradition. I call it an excuse to eat something you really enjoyed growing up. Making this chicken soup in the morning, especially the fragrances browning the chicken in sesame oil and ginger before pouring in the wine, it reminded me of waking up to the smells and sizzles at my grandparents' houses in Sarawak. Love and deliciousness to the max. #morningcook #goodmorning #homemade #homecooked #healthyliving #chickensoup #chickenssoupforthesoul #strangervideos #strangercancook #strangercookingtips #strangerinbangkok #foochowfood #onepotmeal #tradition #familytradition
And here's one glowing review from a fellow hands-on cooking Daddy who has tried this recipe. Glad you enjoyed it Liren!