Thursday, June 15, 2006

Black Beans, Red Dates and Chicken Feet Soup

This is a super simple soup to make.

Ingredients:

A cup of black soy beans, washed & drained
Half a cup of pitted dried red dates
10 pairs of chicken feet

Blanch chicken feet. Bring water to boil in a 1 liter pot. Put in all 3 ingredients. Let it boil for 10 minutes on high fire and lower fire to simmer for another 3 hours. Add salt to taste before serving (I like to add a teaspoon of brown sugar to balance the taste).

Notes:
Red dates is a must-have in the Cantonese kitchen. It's a blood tonic and helps to balance or harmonize soups. The concept of Yin-yang balance is reflected in the way we cook. Remember to remove the stones as the stones create dampness and phlegm. I always buy pitted dates so it saves me some time in pitting them! Red dates replenishes the Qi, nourishes blood and relieves fatigue.

Black soy beans nourish the spleen and kidney, and expels wind so it is great for people suffering from rheumatism.
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