Souperchef Special | Beauty Collagen Stew
(Chicken | Seafood | Contains Gluten | Dairy-Free)
Chinese New Year with The Soup Spoon won’t be quite the same without this! This is a must-have on your table, your CNY staple! Almost every country and culture around the world boasts of some kind of restorative, comforting chicken soup. The practice of ingesting collagen to fight the effects of aging has been going on in the homes of Japan for years, but has only recently become a mainstream practice. The craze over skin-smoothing collagen has spread to “bijin nabe”, meaning beauty hotpots, with restaurants serving up collagen in the broth. On one of my trips to Japan, I had the opportunity to eat at Hanamidori, a mizutaki restaurant in Hakata serving such collagen hotpots.
When I set out to create a new SouperChef Special, I wanted to make a souper soul food using our homemade collagen stock that has been simmered for more than 16 hours to extract rich flavours and maximum nutrition. It worked wonderfully well when combined with yamaimo (mountain yam) and sea cucumber. Definitely a beauty booster and perfect for maintaining youthful skin and slowing down the aging process. How befitting for the Chinese New Year!
Ingredients: Chicken stock (water, chicken, root vegetables, herbs), marinated chicken thigh, The Soup Spoon Collagen Chicken Soup Stock, chicken balls with yamaimo, sea cucumber, sharksfin melon, shiitake mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, yamaimo, beancurd, black fungus, barley, soy sauce, onions, garlic, ginger
Condiments: Toasted white sesame seeds, chopped spring onion, ginger scallion in oil