Citizens! This is a recipe that I was seriously debating never to share – it is the ultimate Chicken soup, rich and redolent of the essence of not one, not two, but *3* different kinds of poultry to give it unmatched flavor! Everyone who has tried it has swooned, and after much soul-searching, I have decided that my 5,700 Citizens are deserving of this most hallowed recipe! 🙂
Since I am something of a Chinese cuisine scholar, I wanted to create a chicken soup with superb taste fusing Jewish and Chinese elements to create the ultimate soup! Jewish “bubbes” (grandmothers in Yiddish) traditonally made their version of the recipe by boiling the chicken in chicken stock, not water! This made it a “double fowler” stock, with the essence of two birds – but I went one better!
My recipe uses a chicken plus two secret birds from the Chinese repertoire – a duck (which adds more taste than you can possibly imagine) and a Chinese Black Chicken, called a Silkie. A Silkie can be easily purchased at any Chinese grocery store such as the “Ranch 99” chain of markets, as can the duck. Should you prefer, just use two extra chickens in place of these birds if you are so inclined – but the taste result using them is simply unmatched in my triple-fowler extravaganza!
Silkie’s were always used for chicken soups that were medicinal – used to heal someone from a severe illness. The skin, meat and bones of the Silkie are bluish-black, but fear not Citizens – you will not be using the meat from the Silkie in the final soup, just the shredded chicken and duck. Using a Silkie will also not turn the stock black or dark – it makes a normal-colored broth, never fear!
It goes without saying that you should try and obtain whole birds – including the very important feet, which add body to the soup (as do the wings). You don’t want to add the feet of the duck and if you can’t obtain the chicken feet, don’t sweat it. Just know that if you CAN (and all Chinese grocers sell them that way), you’re in for the best of all possible soups!
Now, as to the matzo balls – Jews fall into two camps. The poor misguided souls who prefer fluffy matzo balls and those possessed of unmatched good taste who prefer “sinkers”, which are more dense. You know what camp I fall into, but if you prefer fluffy – by all means go that route. I won’t hold it against you. 😉
Citizens – this is truly the ultimate soup to get your Jewish groove on – or your Chinese groove, or simply when you just need a bowl of the most healing and delicious soup this side of heaven.
Battle on – The Generalissimo
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