Thursday, January 15, 2009
The Chinese comsume a lot of chicken during confinement, most of it going into soups and herbal concoctions.
It's one kampung chicken a day! Yup! One chicken to prepare only one serving.
Well, kampung chickens are the local variety of forest chickens that runs around freely. Let's say, it's a free range chicken that is not prized for it's meat, but for its qualities. It is believed that soup made from this type of chicken is more nutricious compared to a normal free range meat chicken.
Almost everyday, I take this during confinement, except on the days when I take double boiled hasma.
So, here's how it's done
1. Put in 3 slices of angelica (dong gwai) into a big bowl.
2. Cover the angelica with a small bowl.
3. Chop Kampung chicken into smaller pieces for easy handling.
(skin and excess fat should be removed from the chicken)
4. Use a cleaver to chop and smash the chicken parts in it's bones to break up everything.
(it'll look like roadkill)
Can u recognise what part of the chicken this is???
5. Put the "chicken" into the big bowl, surrounding the smaller bowl.
6. Put in 2-4 Tbsp of liquid (water - if u're using herbs, if no herbs, u can use ginger juice, or DOM, or ginger wine or Henessy or whisky)
11. After 3 hours, turn off heat, and let the pot cool down to an easier to handle temperature.
**This can be done with other herbs as well, eg: Cordyceps. Just replace the angelica in Step 1 with prefered herb.
**If u want to do this in a double boiler pot, just place the small bowl right into the upper pot of the double boiler. Place chicken directly into the upper pot with the small bowl underneath the chicken. The big bowl and plate used in this post is used in place of the upper pot of the double boiler pot.