Friday, February 29, 2008

"Get Well Soon" Chicken Soup - Take 2 bowls and email me in the morning

This video recipe was shot about a month ago, when my wife and I had colds. This is Michele's surefire cure to the common cold, and she likes to make it as soon as the first symptoms appear. You may have heard about the restaurants in China that are sort of like food clinics, and you order according to your symptoms. Various herbs and spices are combined to cure what ails you, and while there is no scientific proof that these dishes cure anything, as the old saying goes, "they can't hurt."

You'll notice the obvious lack of a voice-over in this video. I just wasn't feeling up to it at the time and figured I would go back and do one later. But, after watching it, and the cold-related production value, I decided to keep it in its original form. This "medicine" is great spiked with hot sauce to really clear the head, and using fresh ginger is also a must, as the dried stuff will not provide the same fabulous fumes. Enjoy!



Ingredients:
2 lbs chicken wings
water to cover by a few inches
handful of shiitake mushrooms
4 green onions
red bell pepper
6 cloves garlic
1/2 cups thin sliced ginger
soy sauce to taste
fresh chopped cilantro
hot pepper, optional

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey! How did you know I had a cold???

hkfreak said...

I guess I should get sick more often!

Anonymous said...

aww... why discard the wings....

artistic value in this video went thru the roof compared to the other ones

Anonymous said...

Shame to eat when u cant smell or taste it.
I'm glad I don't have one, but after that week of wind & rain it can't hurt.

Blood Red Roses said...

Wow! I like the style. hmm... this looks yummy!

Chef John said...

Thanks... I didn't realize my narration was keeping these videos down! ;)

P.S. You discard the chicken since after cooking that long until they disintegrate, all the flavor in in the broth. The meat is basically tasteless.

Jairus said...

do you have any good ideas as to what i can do with this tastless meat so as to not waste it?

Chef John said...

As Michael Jackson would say...
eat it, just eat it.

Btw, no "what MJ really would say is..." will be posted!

Anonymous said...

not even a "WOOOOOOOO!!!"? lol

makes m wonder....
do you know how to make some basic doughs? like.... for muffins and the sort?

Chef John said...

yes, yes I do. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Anonymous said...

Just because you add soy sauce, it doesn't make it asian =.=

Chef John said...

yeah, soy, ginger, shiitake, not very common asian ingredients...

Aristolochia said...

haha the subs crack me up. esp those towards the end...

Zach said...

I miss your naration :(

I usually watch your videos for the fun of it... but this one wasn't so fun.

I enjoy listening to what you have to say!

Zach

Gatton said...

I also hate discarding meat no matter how tasteless :-). I suppose you could lightly season it and add it to a salad.

Anonymous said...

Why is this video not available anymore?!? I'm sick and need this soup!

Chef John said...

its playing for me. ? Youtube has hiccups sometimes.

robyn said...

chef John,

I've read quite a lot of chicken soup recipes and I'm rather confused. Why do some recipes request that the vegetables be cooked first while others just add the veggies into the soup without being cooked first. Also nutrition-wise, is it better not to cook the veggies to retain their nutrition or will it not matter? Please advise thanks :)

Chef John said...

i always cook veggie in the soup, no idea why someone would cook first. raw veggies are more nutritious but make pretty crunchy soups!

Anonymous said...

In Asia, we often cook the herb and vegi, everything , with the chicken in the beginning.
And it is not necessary to brown the chicken or mushroom. Add all the ingradients with some rice wine and cook in low heat for an hour, amazing flavor will come in the soup, and of course, it's a different soup! That's the fun of cooking - simply different sequence of adding in ingrdients would make a difference! Like chef John always says, try it and enjoy!

SerpenT said...

the soup looks awesome, but i really liked the music in the background... so could you please tell me title name and author, because i really like that style and would like to search for some more of that... thank you

SerpenT said...

the soup looks awesome, but i really liked the music in the background... so could you please tell me title name and author, because i really like that style and would like to search for some more of that... thank you

Chef John said...

its just a free clip that comes with imovie called shogun

Anonymous said...

i'm glad the cold did not affect your spelling. mmm, red bell pepppers :)

Anonymous said...

chef john,

i really love this soup. it rejuvinates me and has a sort of healing magic. i change a few things because soups are meant to be molested. i add the shiitake stems in the broth with the wings as they stew up. i also pull off the lean chicken parts after it cooks down and add it back in with the viggies. add a seranno pepper and some fresh no kneed bread and it's a great meal healthy or sick. i don't know why this soup makes me feel so great. (side note: free range organic chicken makes the best broth!

George CantStandYa said...

dear chef john...ahem *clears throat*
GET WELL, GET WELL SOON, WE WISH YOU TO GET WEEELL !

Soylentknight said...

I am now locally famous as the soup guy - people love this so much, I'm making it for everyone - at least a pot a day is leaving my kitchen - so thanks Chef John (I think) LOL

Anonymous said...

Chef John,

You are probably my favourite internet persona. So naturally cool. I think I could listen to a playlist of your videos every night as I dozed off. Anyhow, for the last three years I've wanted to comment so I finally decided to. Waiting impatiently by the oven sipping on a beer, in Japan, salivating, your buffalo wing sauce in the pot on the stove, and your baked chicken wings in the oven. Just turned em. Anyway, the title of this recipe made me laugh, and thought it nigh time to comment. Will try the chicken soup tomorrow, got a little bit of a cold. Well.. all the best and you should have your own show.

Chef John said...

Thanks!

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo said...

Can you also plz write how to make this recipe? i am REALLY SICK and need to have this soup, but i cant access the video since youtube is blocked in my country :(

Plz chef!

dua memon said...

Wao I love chicken Soup, nice

Denise Eaton said...

I'm trying to make this soup right now for some co workers of mine...I love all your videos...you're voice is prefect for explaining anything! I'm going to make some fresh tonight, then take the broth to work tomorrow in a crock pot then add veggies about a hour before I serve...do you think this is a good idea?? Your the best...peace

Denise Eaton said...

I'm making this soup for co workers...I'm going to take the broth to work and add it to a crock pot...then add veggies about a hour before serving...do you think that's a good idea? I love your shows and your voice makes everything easy to understand...I love watching your videos...you da man...p.s. I just tried to write a post...it cancelled so, my apologies if this came up twice...peace chef Jon!

Chef John said...

No i don't! Make it all the way and just reheat it!