Meet Silkie, a type of chicken with dark blue or black flesh and bones.
Black chicken or silkie is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. It has lower fat content, higher levels of iron and nutrients present in regular chicken. It also contains naturally occurring antioxidant carnosine, which protect against ageing, alleviate diseases such as autism and diabetes and help prevent atherosclerosis, joint inflammation and protect against neurological disorders, such as Alzhemier’s. It is very small and lean and is usually used to make soups.
Like Silkie, Chinese wild yam has anti-ageing properties. Besides, it also promotes urination, lower blood sugar and lower blood pressure, has antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties and helps improve digestive system. Raw Chinese wild yam is extremely slimey and the fluid will make your skin itchy upon excessive contact. Be careful and wear gloves when handling fresh chinese yam. The flesh will oxidise and turn black upon exposed to air, so soak them in water right after cutting. This will also help get rid of some of the slimey stuff.
I’ve combined these 2 super foods and made this super-duper nourishing dish. Say YAY! to forever young!
Chinese Yam and Black Chicken Soup 山药乌鸡汤
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 2 hrs
Yield: serves 2-3
- 1 (about 400 g) black chicken – chopped into pieces
- 400 g Chinese wild yam 山药
- 3 slices ginger
- 1 tbs goji berries
- 6 red dates – seeds removed
- 4 dried Chinese mushrooms
- 5 cups water
- 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 (I used a claypot). Bring to boil then reduce heat to simmer for 2 hours covered.
- Season to taste with salt.