Chinese-style herbal chicken soup

Herbal chicken soup is known to be nourishing and helps boost general well-being. This is what my mom cooks for me whenever she sees that i’m beat. It’s really easy to prepare, all you need is fresh ingredients. Since the main ingredient is chicken, it is important that the chicken you bought is fresh and healthy. I’ve recently found a shop near Gadong Central, San Tai Porkshop, selling fresh corn-fed chicken. The size and texture of the chicken differs from those i previously bought from some of the supermarkets here. The skin is well intact and the meat feels fuller. Very tender when served.

Here’s a list of ingredients needed for herbal chicken soup. But i’ve simplify it to my taste and convenience.

Corn-fed chicken. Chopped into quarters.

Corn-fed chicken. Chopped into quarters.

Chinese Chicken Soup Ingredients

Ingredients – Garlic, ginger, wolfberries, red dates, codonopsis roots (dang shen) & salt for taste.

Ingredients (Serves 3-4)

As my pot is a little small, i used only 3 parts of a chicken instead of a whole chicken. And I steamed the other quarter with ginger garlic sauce, slurp!

3 quarters of a whole chicken, cleaned (skinned, if you like).
1 big garlic or 2 small garlic
1 thumbsize ginger
5 red dates
Some wolfberries
Codonopsis roots (Dang shen)
Salt for taste
1.5 litres of water

These herbs (which i’ve skipped) are commonly added for a classic herbal chicken soup recipe.

Diocorea Opposita (Huai Shan)
Astragalus Membrance (Bei Qi)
Polyconatum Odoratum (Yu Zhu)

Chinese Chicken Soup

Chinese Chicken Soup


1. Blanch chicken in boiling water for a few minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water & set aside.

2. Place blanched chicken and the rest of the ingredients in water. Bring it to a boil.

3. Season to taste with salt. I personally like to add a pinch of sugar to balance out the taste. Simmer on low heat for 2-5 hours.

4. If you didn’t have the chicken skinned, like what i’ve done here, it’s advisable to remove the top layer of oil with a ladle before served.

5. Ready to be served.