I loathe this dampness in the air, it’s literally sinking into my bones and makes me want to crawl into bed and hibernate until spring. It’s times like these where soup is my choice of meals.
This year, I’ve ventured into the world of Chinese soups. I’ve been drinking some at the restaurant I frequent, and have poured supermarket aisles to recreate some of them, with success so far. There’s a wonderful blog called The Chinese Soup Lady if any of you are interested (there are vegetarian versions available which I might try).
I’ve been pestering one of my coworkers for other ingredients which I quickly forgot. Luckily, I happened to pick up this ‘soup packet’ at the supermarket last week which was pretty much all the items she mentioned.
If you literally translate this soup means ‘Clearing Tonic’. It is said to aid in digestion and improve health.
Here’s an image of all the ingredients out of the pack (excuse the dirty dishes!):
I grabbed my half chicken, some leftover chicken bones (always have some in the freezer just in case I decide to whip up broth/soup) and away I went!
I literally rinsed the herbs, and peeled the longan (the brown round thing) and set a pot of water to boil. Put all the ingredients and cook/low boil for two hours.
The soup came up sweet and thicker than I thought. I’m thinking it was the gelatin from the chicken bones and joints.
Trust me, it is delicious! My only complaint is that I wish I had a bigger pot. Still, it is enough for 3 small bowls of soup for me to bring to work and savour during break/prep times.