Monday, 2 November 2009

Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup


 Time: 5 hours

kk, don't skip this post. It takes that long because you have to simmer it ma... you can still go and blog, check facebook, clean the house, shop at the neighbourhood mall, jog etc...

Ingredients (serves 4-6 or two very hungry people):
2 chickens. Ask the uncle/aunty to amputate legs, cut off ass, decapitate (sheesh, this sounds like some "silence of the lambs" plot...) skin one of the chickens.
3 ginko nuts
3 red dates
3 chestnuts
3 garlic cloves
10 pine nuts
2 ginseng (i used the dried ones from ZTP... in restaurants, they use fresh ginseng i think...)
50g glutinous rice
4-6 cups of water (depending on size of chicken... some chickens are huge)
1 stalk of spring onion (the white part)
salt to taste
chopped spring onions to garnish



make broth with the skinned chicken and 4 - 6 cups of water (depends on size of chicken, just make sure it's covered). simmer with one stalk of spring onion for 2.5 hours.

rinse the stuffing and stuff into the *ssh*le (sorry, this is the most direct way to describe that cavity la) of the other chicken (put rice in first so that the other ingredients act as a stopper). tie up drumsticks to close cavity if you want but i didn't. top with broth.

Bring to boil and simmer for at least 2.5 hours. Add salt to taste. Garnish with chopped spring onions and serve immediately. Do eat the stuffing =) love the chestnuts and ginko nuts (oh, i put in 4 ginko nuts cos i like ginko nuts!!) since there's glutinous rice, you can cook less rice lor...

I watched a Korean documentary which featured a Ginseng chicken soup restaurant. the Korean aunty who runs it cooks 100 chickens in a huge pot. So, although you order one chicken, you're essentially drinking the essence of 100 chickens. we use 2 chickens, so cannot fight k? statistically, we all know that one is not = the mean of 100 (i.e. X1 not equal to X bar) but the taste is still very nice, almost like the crystal jade one =D

can you use those packet chicken broth? well, don't try this if it's for your mother-in-law cos she'll know LOL anw, i have tried it before and the result is not nice. chris thinks i should use 100 chickens... siao -.-||| also don't be lazy and just use water, it will be very disappointing.

we finished every drop =)

couple this with korean-style spinach =)