10gmDang Shenabt 4 thin slices / 1 thick slice (cut into 1/2 cm widths)
5gmHwang Qi1 long strip
3gmZhong Xiong4 slices
2gmGan Cao3-4 thin slices
5gmGao Li Shen Xu4-5 sticks
Cut off the feet and head of the chicken and discard the head. Cut off the claws of the feet and wash clean.
Remove the chicken skin and fats. Cut the chicken into half. Clean the insides and rinse well.
Rinse all the herbs except the wolfberries
Place the chicken and chicken feet into a stainless steel bowl / porcelain pot with cover.
Put all the herbs into the bowl / pot except the red dates and wolfberries.
Add in 2 bowls of boiling water and cover the pot. If you are using the stainless steel bowl, cover with aluminium foil or a stainless steel plate that fits.
In a larger pot, pour in about 2-2.5 litres of water and bring it to a boil.
When it boils, put a steaming rack into the large pot, and place the stainless steel bowl / porcelain pot on top. Cover the large pot.
Double- boil the chicken for 3 hours over medium heat, ensuring that there's always sufficient water in the outer pot.
After 2.5 hours, add in the red dates and wolfberries and continue to double boil for 30 mins.
add salt to taste and serve.
Remove the skin and fats from the chicken so that the soup won't be too oily.
Use aluminium foil to wrap around the bowl to form the shape first if you are using a stainless bowl without cover. When you lower the bowl into the bigger pot, slowly place the aluminium to fit around the bowl.
Lift the aluminium lid slowly off the foil. The steam will rush out and you might get burnt. Do it slowly to let off the steam through the gap before adding in the red dates and wolfberries and cover it again.
Check the water level in the big pot throughout the double boiling process. If the water level is running low, add only boiling water. Caution: If there is no water in pot, the soup will dry up and the pot will be burnt.
Salt is optional to the soup as the soup itself has its natural sweetness.
WHAT TO DO AFTER CONSUMING?
if you do not want to eat the chicken...
Add 1 bowl of boiling water and boil again for a second time over medium low heat for another 15-20 mins. Discard the meat after.
There is no need to double boil again, simply boil it as the chicken is still quite tasty. In this way, there's no need to waste any chicken meat which would be tasteless and can be discarded.