Saturday, December 18, 2010

Homemade Chicken Soup

I have never made chicken soup. Until now. And all I can say is I followed a damn good recipe hence I was very satisfied with the outcome. For that, I have a specific blogger to thank. She is a very good cook and a highly talented baker. I call her Ann. You can call her that blogger who inspired The Sudden Cook to make chicken soup.

The reason I wanted to try her recipe was because it reminded me alot of the type of soup my mum used to make for us growing up. Whenever one of us was sick, the others would silently jump for joy cause we knew then that 'homemade chicken soup' was gonna be on the table.

Homemade Chicken Soup (taken from Ann's blog known as Fabulous Sugar)

What you need:
1 small chicken
2.5 litres of water
2 inches fresh ginger (sliced)
6 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 medium onion
1 carrot cubed
2 medium potatoes cubed
20 black peppercorns (whole)
Pinch of turmeric powder
Salt to taste

Tip: Chop up ingredients such as onions, ginger, garlic (crushed), carrots and potatoes and have them ready.

What to do:

1) Cut chicken in small pieces (I got the lady from the 'pasar segar' to do it for me). Once home, set aside meaty pieces for another dish. Choose bony pieces to use for the soup. Cut away any additional fat and skin. Wash the pieces.
Note: Be sure there are enough chicken pieces being used to make the soup otherwise the soup will not be flavourful enough.

2) Put a pot large enough for making soup on medium fire. Put in onions, ginger and lastly garlic. Heat through quickly until you get a fragrant smell. Be careful not to burn the ingredients.

3) Add in water, chicken, carrots, potatoes and peppercorns. Add a pinch of turmeric powder.

4) Cover pot but leave a gap for steam to escape. Let it boil on a low flame for 45minutes to 1hour. Skim any impurities that may rise to the surface.

5) Add salt to taste. Your soup is ready.

1) Check the soup after 40-45 minutes. If the carrots and potatoes are soft, it's done. Turn off flame.
2) After adding salt, taste the soup to see if its flavourful enough. If not, keep adding (about 1/2 a teaspoon at a time) to see if it's enough. 
3) You can add finely chopped coriander leaves on top. I don't fancy coriander so I left it out.
4) I've also cheated before and added a chicken stock cube to flavour the soup further. You can try this, but of course it's best if the soup is flavoured by the chicken bones itself.

The soup was very tasty. I served it with toasted bread, buttered and sliced in half. Yum - sick or not sick - good for the body and for your soul so I've heard.
You may also serve it with rice.


wanda said...

Looks like a yummy wholesome recipe. Gotta give it a try!

Ms Me said...

Oh yum! This looks faaaabulous. Simple, sweet and soulful. I remember chicken soup days from my childhood too! Can't imagine the recipe would have been too different from this one.

Food For Tots said...

It's great to drink a bowl of the chicken soup to warm soul! I love it! Looks so tasty and comforting!

noobcook said...

Love home-made chicken soup, so wholesome! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! ♥

noobcook said...

Love home-made chicken soup, so wholesome! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! ♥

The Sudden Cook said...

Thanks all for dropping by. Merry Christmas to all!

Ann Jebaratnam said...

Aaah... I finally got here! Thanks for the mention Hems. I'm glad the recipe turned out great for you. Your chocolate chip cookies look great too... how come none found its' way to my tummy-tum-tum? Hehehehe... :-p

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. May the new year be everything you dream it to be.


tsya said...

I tried the recipe yesterday. Turns out really yummy.Thnx for sharing :)

The Sudden Cook said...

Thats great tsya. Glad you liked it and it turned out well. Am actually looking forward to making this again.

Shamin said...

I just made this for the family..everyone is down with the hoping your recipe does the trick..missing you..shamin

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