White Radish (Daikon) with Chicken Soup

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White radish or daikon is an excellent source of potassium, folate, vitamin C and also magnesium.  Besides it is believed to stimulate appetite, treat liver and gallbladder problems, and improves bowel movement.  It is also good for sore throat, digestion and expel phlegm . However, a word of caution. Chinese believe that you are not supposed to take white radish if you are on medication or herbal tonic as white radish neutralises the efficacy of any medicine or health tonics.  So whatever health supplement you take would go down the drain!
Here is a common and simple white radish soup that we used to cook.  It is common to add dried cuttlefish to the soup.  However,  I prefer a simple and healthier soup minus the dried cuttlefish.

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Simple Steamed Chicken with Chinese Sausage (lap cheong)


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This is a simple dish which I got the idea from Wendy’s recipe on Steamed Chicken with Wax Meat.  I did not have wax meat and so I just omitted this ingredient.  Instead of shao xing wine, I substituted it with homemade red glutinous wine.  Overall it is still delicious and easy to prepare.  Thanks Wendy for sharing this simple and yet delicious recipe!

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Braised Ang Zhao Chicken with Arrowhead (慈菇/ngaku)

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Ang Zhao in Hokkien is red glutinous wine lees (紅糟) and  is used in various Hokkien and Foo Chow cuisines.  Ang zhao  is the lees of the fermentation of  red glutinous wine .  I have few tubs of ang zhao which I really treasure and it can keep for years in the refrigerator.  I also blended some of the ang zhao to make it more fine and smooth.

Here is a simple dish using blended ang zhao which I cooked it on the 5th day of Chinese New Year.  Hope you all like it 🙂

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Sitiawan Ang Jiu Mee Suah 红糟面线 (Red Glutinous Wine Chicken Soup with Longevity Noodles)

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Sitiawan is also popular for its Ang Jiu Mee Suah (Red glutinous wine soup with longevity noodles).  Red glutinous wine is mostly homemade and most of the residents in Sitiawan know how to made ang jiu.  Whenever we cook this dish, we usually use the local mee suah too.  As for me, I am used to Sitiawan mee suah.  So, whenever I go back to my hometown, I am bound to stock a few  packets of Sitiawan mee suah.

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Bee Hoon (Rice vermicelli) Chicken Soup

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It was raining in the morning and I was thinking of a hot soup dish to prepare for the family. Lazy to go to the market and I just cooked whatever I could find in my fridge. Fortunately, this Bee Hoon Chicken Soup still turned out quite delicious as I just dumped whatever I could find in my fridge.

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Dried Kelp (Seaweed) Chicken Soup

Kelps are large seaweeds (algae) belonging to the brown algae (Phaeophyceae) in the order Laminariales. There are about 30 different genera.

Kelps grow in underwater “forests” (kelp forests) in shallow oceans, and is thought to have appeared in Miocene, 23 to 5 million years ago. The organisms require nutrient-rich water with temperatures between 6 and 14 °C (43 and 57 °F). They are known for their high growth rate — the genera Macrocystis and Nereocystis can grow as fast as half a metre a day, ultimately reaching 30 to 80 metres (100 to 260 ft).

Through the 19th century, the word “kelp” was closely associated with seaweeds that could be burned to obtain soda ash (primarily sodium carbonate). The seaweeds used included species from both the orders Laminariales and Fucales. The word “kelp” was also used directly to refer to these processed ashes.
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelp

What Are The Nutrients in Seaweed?

Vitamins A, D, E, C, K and B complex
Calcium
Iodine
Protein
Fiber
Iron
Magnesium
Selenium
Manganese
Sodium
Potassium
Omega Fatty Acids
Carbohydrates 
What Are The Health Benefits of Seaweed?
Seaweed contains high amounts of iodine, which is needed by the thyroid to help keep it working properly. However, too much iodine can also be a bad thing for the thyroid depending on your thyroid condition. Those with diseases that weaken the immune system can benefit from eating a few pieces of dried seaweed each day because seaweed contains minerals and vitamin in it that help strengthen and protect the immune system naturally. If you are looking for a way to protect yourself from colon, prostate or breast cancer, snacking on seaweed can help you do just that. Seaweed contains many antioxidants in it that help fight off the free radical cells that can cause cancer and even aging in the body. Those of you suffering from inflammatory diseases like arthritis and gout should add seaweed to your diet because it contains anti-inflammatory properties in it that can relieve inflammation and body pains naturally. Everyone can benefit from adding seaweed to their daily diet to help prevent colds, the flu and other viral and bacterial infections. Seaweed can even help everyone stay energized better than a cup of coffee can because seaweed contains B vitamins and minerals in it that help energize the body naturally. Seaweed is even good to eat daily to keep our bones and teeth healthy and strong naturally. Unbelievably, seaweed has more calcium in it than cow’s milk. See, everyone can benefit from adding seaweed to his or her diets.Source : http://voices.yahoo.com/the-heath-benefits-seaweed-10671741.html

WARNING : Kelp has a high iodine content. The iodine content varies greatly from one sample to the next. Excessive iodine can aggravate thyroid problems.

Whenever I go back to my hometown in Ayer Tawar (Sitiawan), Perak, I would get some dried kelp from the market there. I would usually have kelp in soup, braise or stew it. Kelp soup is very easy to prepare and here I have kelp in chicken soup.

Dried kelps need to be soaked in water to become soft. It will expand. Normally, I would soak more than I needed as the cleaned soft kelp can be kept in the freezer.

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17 Chinese Herbal Soup (Chap Qi Bi)

I used to boil Chinese herbal soup for my family.  One of the herbal soups that we used to take is ‘Chap Qi Bi’ (in Hokkien).  It means, seventeen herbs of herbal soup.  It is very nutritious and for those who used to have backache, this soup is also very good.  It is suitable for adults and children.

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