You are so going to learn something today my readers! I was going through my recent new followers on my twitter account and adding some new people. One was a foodie blog somewhere in Asia. The post advertised was something like healthy medicinal black chicken soup. Since I have a cold right I thought I would check it out.
I was looking at the pics of ingredients and that is when I realized she the author said black chicken…she meant freaking black chicken. I was like ‘what?”. I never even heard of such a thing. The picture of the raw chicken was BLACK. Next stop….search black chicken on Wikipedia…
And yep turns out its a real thing. Its an actual breed of chicken called Silkie, because its fluffy plumage is said to feel like silk. Other unique features are dark blue flesh and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot (most chickens only have four). The plumage comes in a variety of color: Black, Blue, Buff, Gray, Partridge, Splash, White,Â Cuckoo, Red, and Lavender. There are also bearded and non bearded Silkies. They draw there roots for the Asian continent, particularly China. its first know mentioned to the Western world was in Marco Polo’s travelogues dating back to the 13th century.
In cuisine apparently it is not a meat that is very much enjoyed by the Western Hemisphere but in Asia it can be considered a gourmet food. Recipes including black chicken are commonly found in Chinese, Japanese, Cambodian and Korean dishes. AND Silkie chicken soup is upheld as a curative food in traditional Chinese medicine. You just have to get passed the fact that it is black when eating I guess. Here is a (untried by me) recipe found here.Â I hope you have a Chinatown where you live because finding some of these ingredients may prove to be a challenge. Its the least complicated one I could find.
Anybody know where one can by black chicken in Montreal?
Black chicken soup
1 small black chicken
5g ginseng root (or 1 ginseng tea bag)
3g he shou wu
10 red dates
2 pieces of old ginger
2 tbsp garlic
2 tsp salt
5 tbsp rice wine
Dash of sesame seed oil
- Wash and clean the black chicken
- Peel the ginger and garlic
- Gently rinse the ginseng root/ginseng tea bag, he shou wu, red dates, ginger and garlic
- Place the black chicken in a big tureen or bowl and add the ginseng root, he shou wu, red dates, ginger and garlic
- Add enough water to cover the ingredients
- Seal the tureen or bowl with cling wrap
- Place a steaming tripod into a big pot or wok
- Add water to the big pot until 3/4 of the tripod is submerged
- Bring the pot of water to a boil
- Place the tureen onto the tripod. Be careful of the boiling water
- Lower to medium heat and steam the soup for about 2 hours
- Remove from heat and add the seasonings before serving
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It would be a bit of a challenge to try…I agree.
Thank Conor for your good wishes
It just looks kinda wrong, doesn’t it? Willing to try most things at least once though, so I’ll keep my eyes peeled for it! Hope your cold goes away soon 🙂
Yes, my mom makes this soup (Cantonese cuisine) for us back home in Malaysia but not too often though! 🙂
Oh, thanks for your comment…that is really interesting. I’ll make sure if I find it i,ll ask in Chinatown
It has been known among us Chinese that the soup cooked from black chicken is good for nourishing our bodies, especially for women.
Yet we have been cautious about in-taking chicken with herbs for curing a disease because it is said that they may ‘lock’ the virus in our body. When doubt, we consult herbalists.
I learned this from my daily life and some causal readings, hope it helps but not scares you.
Last but not the least, take care and hope you can take a good rest.