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This is a chicken soup using cordyceps, red dates and chinese wolfberries. The chinese name for cordyceps literally means winter worm, summer grass. The weird name arises because cordyceps is actually a hybrid chinese herb made up of a type of parasitic fungus growing within a caterpillar.
Cordyceps is fairly expensive and a little goes a long way.

Image Cordyceps sinensis. Source: Guangdong Food Safety Web

  • 1 chicken thigh
  • 2 cordyceps
  • 6 red dates
  • 7 chinese wolfberries
  • 1000ml water

  1. Cut chicken thigh into pieces. Parboil for 2 minutes. Wash and trim excess fats
  2. Rinse the cordyceps, chinese wolfberries and red dates
  3. Place the chicken pieces into a large soup bowl together with the cordyceps, chinese wolfberries and red dates
  4. Add the water
  5. Cover soup bowl with clingwrap
  6. Steam for 1.5 hours
  7. Add salt to taste before serving

Recipe source: Homemade Chinese Soups