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Beauty Soups Series:
Solomon's seal soups

Homemade Chinese Soups Homepage / Solomon's seal soups

Solomon's seal soups are featured here. They are light nourishing chinese soups. Great for ladies who want healthy beautiful skin.

Solomon's seal soup with chicken feet

Legend has it that there was a palace maid who was abused and overworked. Her skin become calloused and rough due to hard work. One day, she escaped into the mountains and lived on solomon's seal. As time goes by, her skin became soft and silky again. A folklore perhaps, but chinese mothers are firm believers of the efficacy of solomon's seal on beautiful skin.

Both chicken and duck feet contain high level of collagen. Scientific research has shown that collagen is good for beautiful skin, helps retains moisture and maintain firmness.

Ingredients
30g solomon's seal
2 pairs chicken feet
1000ml water
Dash of cooking wine
Pinch of salt
Dash of vinegar

Directions
  1. Wash and clean the solomon's seal. Cut into shorter strips if they are too long
  2. Soak the solomon's seal in room temperature water before using it
  3. Clean the chicken feet by removing the outer skin layer and trimming the claws
  4. Place chicken feet and solomon's seal in a clay pot
  5. Add the water
  6. Bring to the boil then lower to a simmer
  7. Add the cooking wine and salt
  8. Continue to simmer till the chicken feet is tender
  9. Add a dash of vinegar before serving






Solomon's seal soup with spring chicken

Solomon's seal goes well with chicken. This combination together with dried goji berries and chinese yam makes a highly nutritious and nourishing dish.

Ingredients
1 small spring chicken (free range preferred)
30g solomon's seal (yu zhu)
30g chinese yam (huai shan or shan yao)
1 tbsp chinese wolfberry (gou ji zi) 1 tbsp julienned ginger

Directions
  1. Wash the chicken, solomon's seal, chinese yam, chinese wolfberry
  2. Soak the solomon's seal in room temperature water before using it
  3. Place all ingredients into a soup pot or slow cooker
  4. Add enough water to cover all ingredients
  5. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer
  6. Simmer for about 1 to 1.5 hours
  7. Add salt to taste before serving



Chicken congee with solomon's seal

Congee is very good for those who tend to have stomach trouble. Combining solomon's seal and rice porridge helps the body to better absorb the nutrients.

Ingredients
1 cup of rice
12 cups of water
225g chicken thigh
40g solomon's seal (yu zhu)
cornstarch

Directions
  1. Soak the solomon's seal with cold water. Drain and cut into shorter strips
  2. Cut the chicken into slices, mix in the cornstarch. Blanch quickly in hot water
  3. Boil the water, add the rice. Bring back to a boil
  4. Lower heat, add the solomon's seal and simmer for 50 minutes
  5. Add the chicken pieces and cook for another 10 minutes


Solomon's seal
(yu zhu)

Solomon's seal is sold in thin curly slices in most chinese medicinal halls. It is light yellowish in colour. It contains Vitamin A.

It is believed to be moisturizing and therefore an excellent herb for use in dry winters where skin tends to become very dry. It is also used in the lowering of blood sugar levels and prevention of hardening of the arteries.





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