Monday, June 2, 2008

Chicken and cordyceps soup

½ chicken cut into pieces
15 boxthorn fruit
10 – 15 red dates
100 gm cordyceps
800 ml stock
Salt to taste

This is a cheap variety of cordyceps that we use for cooking soup.

Description: sweet, warm; affects the lungs and kidneys

Cordyceps sinensis also called the "caterpillar fungus" is highly regarded in China as a tonic for those who are recovering from an illness or an operation, or after giving birth. In these cases, the Cordyceps helps the patient recover their physical power, to improve their appetite, and to protect the body from infection.

Blanch chicken in boiling water with a little oil.
Remove chicken and discard the water
Bring the water to the boil
Add the chicken and salt. Add all the other ingredients and bring to the boil.
Simmer over low heat for 1 -2 hours

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