Thursday, March 10, 2011

西瓜燉雞/Watermelon and Chicken Soup

My poor little baby is sick this week.  She has been coughing and having running nose so I though that making her some chicken soup will make her feel better.  There are so many different ways to make Chinese Watermelon and Chicken Soup.  I chose the most simple way and used just a few natural ingredients because this is the best for a sick baby.  Chicken soup is always recommended when babies (8 months and older) get sick.  Chinese people like to use watermelon when making chicken soup because watermelon has a lot of fluid and vitamins and it calms your body down.  My daughter loved this soup and I have been feeding her a small bowl after every meal for the last few days and she seems to be feeling much better today, has been coughing less and is sleeping more soundly.


Ingredients:
  • 1 small sized watermelon (about 1lb)
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 oz sliced ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 liter water
Directions:
  1. Peel the skin off the chicken.  Cut the watermelon into small cubes and peel the green part off the skin (keep the white part).
  2. In a large soup pot, add chicken, watermelon, 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 hours, add salt.  Now you are done!