Braised Chicken with Ginko, Lotus & Water Chestnut (Ga Tiem Bạch Quã)
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Serves: 4-6
  • 1.4kg (3 lbs) chicken cut to pieces
  • 120gm (4.2 oz) fresh lotus seeds, bitter hearts removed (or 60gm dried)
  • 150gm (5.3 oz) fresh gingko (or 80gm dried)
  • ¼ cup goji berries (buy on iherb or Amazon)
  • 10 dried Chinese red dates (buy on Amazon)
  • 30gm (1 oz) ginger sliced
  • 10 fresh water chestnut peeled sliced in half lengthways (also available in cans from your asian grocer)
  • Juice of 2 young sweet coconuts approx 500ml / 2 cups total (the clear liquid, not coconut milk)
  • 1.5L / 6 cups water
  1. crack and peel gingko (or soak overnight if using dried)
  2. add ginger, lotus, gingko, water chestnut, coconut juice and water to a large pot
  3. bring to boil (10mins approx)
  4. add chicken, dates & goji (ensure the water is just covering the chicken. If it isn't, add more water)
  5. simmer on low heat uncovered for 1 hour or until chicken is soft and falling off the bone
  6. serve on its own
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