Friday, March 25, 2011

香菇竹笙雞湯/Bamboo Mushroom, Shiitake Mushroom and Chicken Soup

This Bamboo MushroomsShiitake Mushroom and Chicken Soup is a very authentic Chinese soup.  It combines two types of native Asian ingredients which you can find at most Chinese supermarket or any Chinatown.  It tastes a little bit herbal but the chicken balances it out perfectly.  There are many different methods and cooking styles for making soup with these ingredients, however I use the most simple way to cook so I don't have to watch it and I can muti-task and keep busy.  You can also cook this soup with a slow-cooker.  Same as any other Chinese soup, this soup can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.  Just make sure to boil it for a few minutes before eating.


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 oz sliced ginger
  • 7 dried bamboo mushrooms
  • 4 dried shiitake mushroom
  • 2 liters water (about half of a large soup pot)
  • 1 tbsp cooking wine
  • 1 tbsp salt

  1. Soak the dried shiitake mushrooms 15 minutes before cooking, make sure to clean them.  Clean the bamboo mushrooms.
  2. In a large soup pot, add chicken, bamboo mushrooms, shiitake mushroom, ginger and water. Bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat, and then use a soup strainer to strain all the dark bubbles on top of the water.  Reduce the heat to the lowest and cook for 3 – 4 hours, add salt.   Now you are done! 

Here is another version of Bamboo Mushrooms Chicken Soup.  You can make chicken soup with either one of these dried mushrooms.


  1. It didn't say when to use the cooking wine? Also, do you find the broth to be quite bland? What spices do you recommend to keep the Asian flavor besides ginger? Also, is there a way to use ground ginger rather than fresh?

  2. Okay.. I'm the same poster on Nov 16th above.. I scaled down the recipe to just a couple of chicken thighs, used shiitake mushrooms (soaked and sliced) and bamboo shoots (canned), didn't put the wine, and used ground ginger because I didn't have fresh. I have a bad cold and was craving this soup!

    It worked magnificently! Not only was it delicious, it really made me feel psychically better! I have had it made for me before, and maybe it was not perfect, but it reminded me of the authentic one I had before and it was delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

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