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Monday, November 29, 2010

Herbal Chicken

1 Kampung Chicken 1.8kg   

1 teaspoon salt  |  300ml water  |  1 teaspoon sugar  | 
1 tablespoon oyster sauce  |

10g Dang Gui  |  2 slices Bei Qi  |  20g Goji (1 tbsp)  | 
5 slices chuānxiōng  |  6 stalks dǎngshēn (5cm each)  |  10 hóng zao  

half a tablespoon dark soya sauce  |  half a teaspoon salt  |

Bring water, herbs and seasoning to boil with lowest heat for 10 minutes.
(from when the heat starts) and leave to cool.

Marinate the chicken with half a tablespoon of dark soya sauce and
half a teaspoon of salt.

Stuff all the herbs into the chicken and wrap it with glass paper, and wrap again with aluminium foil.

Steam at medium heat for 3 hours.


(红枣) hóng zao, Jujube, red date or Chinese date, is a species of Ziziphus in the buckthorn family Rhamnaceae, used primarily for its fruits.

The fruits are used in Chinese and Korean traditional medicine, where they are believed to alleviate stress.

(枸杞子)  “Goji Berry is mostly used to treat kidney, liver, eye, and skin problems, diabetes, tuberculosis, anxiety, and insomnia. It also helps to lower the blood pressure and cholesterol levels. They are known to improve the state of health, strengthen the immune system and increasing the longevity and vitality of the human kind”.

(当归)Dang Gui , Angelica sinensis or "female ginseng" is an aromatic herb that grows in China, Japan and Korea. It is used to regulate the menstrual cycle and to treat menopausal symptoms caused by hormonal changes. Even though it is good for women, it also helps treat the heart, spleen, liver and kidneys that help both men and women. The effect of the herb in treating menstrual cramps is explained by the compounds that help relax the muscle tissue and relieves pain.

Dang Gui also stimulates the central nervous system, which can remedy menstrual weakness and headaches.

(党参) dǎngshēn, Codonopsis pilosula, also known as dang shen or poor man's ginseng, is a perennial species of flowering plant native to Northeast Asia and Korea and usually found growing around streambanks and forest openings under the shade of trees.

The roots of CCodonopsis pilosula (radix) are used in traditional Chinese medicine to lower blood pressure, increase red and white blood cell count, cure appetite loss, strengthen the immune system, and replenish qi. The roots are harvested from the plant during the third or fourth year of growth and dried prior to sale.

(川芎) chuānxiōng, Ligusticum wallichii is a flowering plant in the carrot family best known for its use in traditional Chinese medicine where it is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs.

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