Yen Can Cook ~ Tea Tree Mushrooms Soup 茶树菇汤
Tea Tree Mushroom 茶树菇, Cyclocybe Aegerita, also know as willow mushroom or poplar mushroom, is a medium-sized mushroom with a very open and convex cap. It is used in Chinese cooking, both fresh and rehydrated, in various dishes, including stir-fry, soup, stew, and hot pot. The mushrooms offers a good source of protein, as well as 8 different kinds of essential amino acids, abundant of vitamins and minerals. The mushroom has an intense woody and earthy flavor which provide a nice flavour to the soup or stew.
Ingredients (serve: 3-4)
1/2 chicken(approximately 500g – 600g), cut into pieces
100g Tea Tree Mushrooms
6-8 red dates, de-seeded
Handful of wolfberries (Goji)
Salt to taste
Step 1: Clean the dried Tree Tree Mushrooms and soak the mushrooms in warm water for 2 hours. Trim the roots of the mushrooms and keep the mushrooms soaking water.
Step 2: Bring a pot of water to boil, scald the chicken in boiling water to remove blood and impurities. Remove, drain and set aside.
Step 3: Put all the ingredients (except the wolfberries) into a pot and add in water (included the mushrooms soaking water) until enough to immerse all the ingredients. Bring to boil and lower the heat and let the soup simmer for 2-3 hours.
Step 4: Add in wolfberries, season with salt and serve.