Boxing Day dinner

Alright, there's nothing really significant about Boxing Day for us to have a special dinner. I just decided that "Boxing Day dinner" sounds better than just "Dinner" as the title. :D

Anyway, today we had Chinese food. I cooked stir-fried xiao bai cai in abalone sauce, prawns with hei bi hiam (made by my mum), assam and garlic and herbal chicken soup. The dinner was just heavenly especially on a cold, rainy day like today. Who wouldn't fancy a plate of crunchy, savoury greens and a spicy and sour dish to perk up one's senses and a piping hot bowl of herbal soup on such a day? =)

Here're my dishes!

Herbal Chicken Soup

Stir-fried xiao bai cai in abalone sauce

Prawns fried with hei bi hiam, assam and garlic

These are the herbs I used for the herbal chicken soup:

You can cut down on the amount of ginseng roots if you don't like it too bitter.
I've always loved herbal chicken soup and I went through a phase of searching for herbal chicken at every foodcourt I went to. During the craze, I took note of the herbs that I found in the food and so, here's my concoction and I believe it's a rather common combination of herbs! :)
Herbal Chicken Soup
  • 4 chicken thighs (skin removed, washed and visible fats removed)
  • ginseng roots (人參)
  • chinese yam (huai shan - 淮山)
  • Solomon's seal (yu zhu - 玉竹)
  • dried red dates (cored) (紅棗)
  • wolfberries (枸杞子)
  1. Soak yu zhu in room temperature water before cooking.
  2. Blanch the cleaned chicken thighs in boiling water.
  3. Put all the herbs (except the wolfberries) and the chicken into a claypot and put enough water to cover all the ingredients.
  4. Boil on high heat for 1 hour.
  5. Simmer on low heat for 1 more hour after that.
  6. Add wolfberries in at the 1.5hr mark.
  7. Add salt to taste.

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