Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Woah...did I have you disgusted?
It's a pretty common soup for the Chinese. And pretty tasty too!
During confinement, we consume a lot a lot of chickens. And we end up with lots and lots of chicken feet or claws. Lots.
It may seem disgusting, but there's a lot of collagen there. Good for the skin. If you want the saggy skin after delivery to pucker up, you better drink this. Don't believe me? Read here. The best is, after the soup cools down it actually taste thicker.. oooo..... that when you can feel the collagen. LOL. But of course it tastes nicer when it's warm.
But what I love about this soup is not the collagen, it's the peanuts! Yummy! Soft soft peanuts. Besides being yummy, peanuts are very rich in B (niacin and folate) and it seems that most of the galactagogues are too, like brewers yeasts and fenugreek, all are very rich in Vit B. But it does seem to be real that peanuts did have some impact on me when I was breastfeeding Reuben. Whenever the day before I had soup with peanuts, the next day, I do have more milk. My cousin also says the same, peanut soup is her best help to enhance milk supply. Another friend of mine swears by peanuts with pork hooves(Chu Geok Jim).Yes, the hooves, not trotters nor hocks. Hooves. Well, I'm not sure if this is old wives tale, but if you look at the nutritional composition and compare to the other galactagogues, maybe you can understand why.
For confinement, consume only after 12th day. Make sure the stiches are no longer red or painful before consuming. If you were to use all the chicken feet cut off from the chickens during confinement, you could boil this soup at least twice during that period. Want not, waste not.
Peanut Chicken Feet Soup
Recipe source: WendyinKK
300gm raw peanuts (I prefer Vietnamese peanuts or large China peanuts)
10 pairs of chicken feet (or more if you have more)
25gm dried octopus
150gm pork loin or use lean pork
25-30gm preserved big head vegetable (tai tow choy)
1. Soak peanuts overnight in water. Discard water and rinse.
2. Rinse big head vegetable and soak in water for 30 minutes. Drain and cut small.
3. Rinse dried octopus and soak in water for 10 minutes. Drain.
3. Snip/chop off the toe nails from the chicken feet. Cut pork loin into smaller pieces.
4. Put everything except the pork and feet into the pot and bring to a boil.
5. Put in the pork and the feet and bring to a boil.
6. Lower to a simmer for 4 hours or until the peanuts are soft.
7. Taste and add salt if needed. Serve hot.
|This is the big head vegetable. It is very very salty. But adds umami to the soup. Use sparingly.|