Project Description

Chinese herbal soups, like this Chinese Herbal Lung Nourishing Soup, can look a little intimidating to make as most will struggle to figure out which herbs to use. What I would normally do is just ask my mom or your elderly Chinese aunties suggestions and they’d be more than happy to share a recipe with you. And (if available in your area), just walk into your local Chinese medical halls/shops and ask the shopkeeper to recommend you something.

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2 hours


Asian, Chinese


Easy / Beginner

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For this recipe, if you are having a little cough or issues with the throat and lungs, you can give this Chinese herbal lung nourishing soup a try. However, this Chinese soup is also suitable for everyday drinking to supplement to your diet seeing that it is very nutritional and healthy. I was also told that this soup is also good for your digestive system and boosts your immunity.

Chinese Herbal Lung Nourishing Soup: Good for the Lungs

By the way, not all Chinese soups with medicinal value (as some people believe) tastes bad. Just boiling these herbal ingredients together already tastes great – giving off a mild sweet flavour to the soup. However, you can also make it savoury with pork or chicken. Adding the protein gives it that umami-sweet-savoury combination to the soup which is really delicious too.

Chinese Herbal Soup to Nourish your respiratory system and alleviate coughs or throat issues

For this recipe, I used chicken to make a Chinese herbal chicken soup that is nourishing to your respiratory system and may help alleviate some of your cough or throat issues. It is really easy to make, especially if you have a slow cooker, its nearly fuss free.

Full Recipe: Chinese Herbal Lung Nourishing Soup

This recipe serves 3 to 4. In the video, I used a slow cooker, which will require more cooking time. Otherwise, a standard soup pot is fine and will cut down the cooking time, but will need your monitoring.

  • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese

  • Prep Time: 30 mins

  • Cooking Time: 1 hour 30 mins

  • Total Time: 2 hours

  • 2 whole chicken legs (雞腿)

  • 12 pieces Lotus Seed (蓮子)

  • 6 pieces Dried Longan Pulp (桂圆肉)

  • 12 – 15 pieces Wolfberries (枸杞)

  • 4 slices Chinese Yam (山藥)

  • 2 roots Coastal Glehnia Root (北沙参)

  • 18 grams Solomon Seal Rhizome (玉竹)

  • 6 pieces Red Dates (紅棗)

  • 2 pieces Figs (無花果)

  • Blanch chicken meat in boiled water for about 5 minutes – this ensures that the soup comes out clear and without impurities at the end

  • Pour ingredients and meat into 2 Litres of water in a soup pot and bring it to boil

  • Once boiling, lower the heat to a simmer and allow it to continue to cook for another 1hr 30min

  • Season with salt according to your preference and let it cook for another 10 minutes before serving

  • If you are using a slow cooker like I did, you just need to add all the ingredients, the meat and the water into the cooker and set it to cook on High for 3 hours or Low for 5 hours

  • Serve!


Have your bowl of soup as a remedy to colds but you don’t need to be sick to be able to drink this. A bowl of this every now and then have overall health benefits too!

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