Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Student's recipe - Dried Red Dates

Red Dates Apple Soup
As I have wanted to have low-fat meals, this is one of the dishes came into my mind.

4 months back, a friend of mine had tried the sweet soup version. It's a simple, refreshing and tasty soup. Today, I am trying to make one boiling with chicken.

According to Chinese tradition, dried red dates (also called Jujube) are one of the main ingredient for soup. I am not so sure what is the purpose for having them in the soup, but they do provide sweetness that cooperates very well with other ingredients.

Once, I was told that they improve our respiratory system and also increase blood circulation. After browsing through some sites, there are some statements proofing the functions told.

Good for heart, lung, stomach and nerves
Jujube is rich in protein, fat, carbohydrates, carotene, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin P, as well as phosphorus, calcium, iron. Besides, they are also rich in adenosine monophosphate, which enhance muscle strength and also increase myocardial contractile force. Thus, they're known to be good for our hearts.

Moreover, they are also known to be nerve-soothening, having a cup of red dates tea might give you a good night sleep as well as releasing tension.

It sounds good! =)

I wonder boiling it with red apple will make the soup healthier? ~~I'm looking forward to ask a Chinese herbal specialist about its function when I am back in Ipoh.~~

3 medium red apples
10-12 medium jujube (dried red dates)
1 medium carrot
400g chicken (or chicken bones)

Wash all the ingredients above and boil them together for 1.5 - 2 hours. Add salt to taste.

Should I take it with rice or noodles??

~Student's kitchen~

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