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Chinese herbal concoction: Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup

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KOREAN GINSENG CHICKEN SOUP

Korean Ginseng is one of the best herb for Chinese herbal medicine. Ironically, it's not grown originally in China. I can talk about Ginseng forever, but we'll save the detail for later. Today I just want to introduce a nourishing soup that is beneficial for older people year-round or for anyone during the winter. It's not for those who are suffering from "exopathic" diseases such as viral flu caused by external factors of the body. This soup will "nourish" the sickness itself other than the human body, which is definitely a negative effect. This soup is very easy to make, and you can find a lot of delicious recipe on the internet. Just type "Ginseng Chicken Soup Recipe" if you'd like.

Ingredients:

1 small chicken about 500g

25g Korean Ginseng

750ml water

Directions:

-  Combine all ingredients in a pot that is not made of metal. Earthenware will be ideal.

- Simmer gently or double-boil for 4 hours.

- Season with salt as desired, some spring onion and garlic will be nice for the taste too.

Here's another nice recipe with nice directions.

(sources: Streetwise Guide: Chinese Herbal Medicine by Wong Kang Ying and Martha Dahle, photos from sandylee.pixnet.net,)