Clear chicken soup

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I have not been doing many fun cooking in the past month or two although I did cook a lot for daily meal. The fun cooking refers to trying out new recipes or ideas, cooking for a small party at home and cooking with family etc. Why? Because I got myself a pretty tight schedule. Well, sometimes I can’t stand this habit of mine which makes me pretty stress in my lab work or at home, but I think I am getting better in handling this silly habit.

So recently I am busy but pretty happy.

I have a to-do list after my thesis submission. It has been expanding since my thesis writing period and it just gets longer and longer. Honestly, I don’t see the end yet and it doesn’t includes my to-do cooking list and the other two big projects. I must say my progression has been well even I still work in the lab during the day time. I’ve got my bathroom makeover done, had my long-awaited honeymoon trip, sewed two floor-sitting cushions cover, completed one out of two 1000pc puzzles, got my little herbs garden up in my kitchen…think I could probably extend my blog post from my kitchen top to other areas (smile).

Alright, so what about the chicken soup with all those stuffs above. That’s the soup that comforts me so much whenever I am busy and under stress. I lose appetite when I am under great stress and that’s the only thing I could drink or eat to sustain my body. It costs at least SGD 9-10 bucks in chinese restaurants but it is actually very easy and cheap to cook at home. I had my best lunch in the past few months by having this soup while reading my favorite cooking ingredient books at home.

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I used chicken bones here in this recipe, however, I often replaced chicken bones with half chicken (with the meat on, of course) when I had only that soup for a meal. Double the portion of ginger in this soup will bring you great warm in a rainy or cold day. Besides, if you have leftover and you don’t know what to do with it, you can even keep it or use it as a chicken stock in your next cooking. But trust me, this soup is so light yet comforting that I think the chances of having leftover are slim if you got the serving portion right.

Clear chicken soup

Serves 2-3
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hour, 5 minutes
Meal type Soup
Misc Serve Hot
Region Chinese


  • 1 whole chicken frame
  • 1 ginger cube (5 cm long with 1-2 cm thick)
  • 4-5 stalk of spring onion (only the bottom part, cut the leaves out)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 shallots
  • 1.25-1.5l water


  • A handful of wolfberries


Step 1
Wash the chicken frame. Smash the ginger cube with the back of your knife.
Step 2
Bring the water to boil in a pot. Add the chicken frame and all other ingredient into the boiling water. Maintain the high heat and bring to boil. Once it boils again, reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for 30-60 minutes. At least 30 minutes is required.
Step 3
Season to taste with salt. Filter out the excessive oil in the soup. Serve hot.


You can use the leftover spring onion leaves for garnish


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