Yen Can Cook: Steamed Chicken with Dried Lily Flowers

Steamed chicken is a very common dish among many households and I’ve shared a steamed chicken recipe with some Chinese herbal. There are many way you can prepare a steamed chicken dish by adding various of side ingredients to elevate the flavour of the poultry. They can be black fungus, mushrooms, ginger, scallion, Chinese herbal such as red dates, Angelica Sinensis (Dong Guai) or even Chinese sausage (Lap Cheong). No matter what ingredient is added, as long as you marinated your chicken long enough and steam at the right timing, you will be able to have a delicious plate of steamed chicken.

Here’s another steamed chicken recipe which I added wood ear fungus and dried lily flowers 金针花 (Kam Zhen Fa in Cantonese). Both can be easily found at supermarkets or grocery shops. Dried lily flowers have a brownish yellow color with the shape and texture of a straw. They have a special woody, earthy aroma. According to some of the Chinese traditional medicine records, dried lily flowers or golden needles have certain properties that benefit our health such as helps detoxification and cure insomnia.

Ingredients (Serve 2-3)

500g chicken

20 grams of black fungus (soaked)

20 grams of dried lilies (soaked & tie a knot)

5pcs sliced ginger

Cooking oil


2 tablespoons of ginger garlic paste

3 tablespoons of Chinese cooking wine

1 tablespoon of light soya sauce

1 tablespoon of oyster sauce

1 tablespoon of sesame oil

1 tablespoon of corn starch


Step 1: In a big bowl, marinate the chicken with the marinade for at least 1 hour. The longer the marinating, the more tasty is the chicken meat.

Step 2: Brush the steaming plate with some oil. Lay the ginger slices on the bottom of the plate the topped with marinated chicken pieces. Then shredded with dried lily flowers and black wood fungus.

Step 3: Boil a wok of water, steam the chicken under high heat for 15 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked depends on the size of your chicken pieces.

Step 4: Before serving, drizzle an additional cooking wine or some sesame oils.






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