Cordyceps militaris - a cheapo version of the precious Chinese medicine, Cordyceps sinensis (dong chong xia cao; 冬虫夏草. I was a bit confused when I saw the name on the packaging as it's labeled as '冬虫夏草' and the price was a fraction of the real deal. When I looked closer, they didn't have the worm-like appearance like that of Cordyceps sinensis. It should labeled as '北虫草' (bei chong cao) instead of '冬虫夏草' (dong chong xia cao)! Confusing much!
Whatever the name is, this Cordyceps militaris is a type of artificially grown fungus and its medicinal value is similar to that of the much more expensive Cordyceps sinensis. It helps protect the lungs, nourish the kidney, stop bleeding and has anti-aging and anti-bacterial properties.
Chicken with Yam and Cordyceps Militaris Soup 山药虫草鸡汤Printable recipe
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 2-4 hr
Yield: serves 4 or more
- 1 whole chicken - halved or chopped into pieces
- 900 g Chinese wild yam 山药
- 15 red dates - seeds removed
- 2 tbs goji berries
- 25 g Cordyceps militaris - rinsed
- 2 L water
- Salt to taste
- Remove yam skin with a peeler. chopped into pieces then soak in water till later use.
- Blanch chicken. [Place chicken into a large pot, add enough water to cover. Bring to boil. Once water comes to a boil, remove from heat, drain and wash.]
- Place all ingredients in a pot. Bring to boil then reduce heat to simmer for at least 2 hours covered.
- Add salt to taste.