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Friday, May 29, 2020

Gouqi Fried Two Slices - 枸杞炒两片 Gouqi Chao Liang Pian

This is a traditional recipe, given to people convalescing from illness, elderly people who are feeling weak and tire easily from mental strain, women in the middle stages of pregnancy who find it difficult to concentrate, and anyone who feels mental strain from using their eyes too much for work or study - especially reading or writing on computers, smartphones, notebooks, etc.

All the ingredients in this food recipe, plus the style of preparation, make this simple recipe a home style food version of a classical Chinese medicine prescription to tonify the yang aspect of the Original/Source Qi (元氣 yuan qi) by supplementing the yin aspect of qi and blood.

The only herbal medicine substance in the recipe is Gouqi zi 枸杞子 (Lycii Fructus), known in the west as goji berries. It is one of the very few substances in the materia medica that is said to “tonify primal yin as a support to primal yang” - in other words, it is what we call an Essence Qi (Jing 精) tonic.

The rest of the ingredients in the recipe support this action, balancing yin and yang, nourishing the qi and blood, restoring the Original Qi and Essence. The gouji berries ensure that the action of the recipe will enter the qi channels of the kidneys, liver and lungs.

200g boneless chicken breast (without the skin), sliced thin

200g white fish (such as cod, haddock, sole, halibut, Seelachs, Dorsch - it can be frozen if fresh fish is not easily available), sliced thin

100g spinach (frozen, if fresh is not available), chopped

50g goji berries, soaked in water for 5 minutes

1 spring onion, cut into 3cm lengths

4 slices fresh ginger (peeled)

2 tablespoons rapeseed or other cooking oil

Marinade for the chicken.
½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon soya sauce

1 tablespoon white wine, (or Sherry, or Chinese Shaoxing, if you have some at home)

1 tablespoon rapeseed or other cooking oil

1 tablespoon cornflour

Marinade for the fish.
½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon soya sauce

1 tablespoon rapeseed or other cooking oil

A dash of ground pepper, white or black

Mix the marinades in two bowls, and marinate the chicken and fish in their respective marinades for about 5 minutes.

Heat wok or frying pan until hot, add 1 tablespoon cooking oil and, when very hot and starting to smoke, fry the ginger and spring onion for about 10 seconds, just until fragrant.

Add the chicken (just the meat, not the marinade) and quickly stirfry for about 3 minutes. Then add the fish and continue to stirfry for another 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate.

Reheat wok or frying pan with 1 tablespoon oil, until it starts to smoke, then fry the remaining ginger and spring onion until fragrant. Add the spinach (if frozen, it does not have to be defrosted first - just throw it in the pan) and stirfry for about 2 minutes, then add the goji berries and a few drops of soya sauce and a pinch of salt to season, stir frying another minute or so, until the spinach is done. Finally, add in the fish and chicken and fry another few seconds.

Serve immediately.

This can be eaten with congee (white rice soup), plain boiled or steamed rice (traditionally white basmati rice, but brown rice is also good).

The stir-fry method of cooking is very fast, using high heat and oil to seal in the flavors and other properties of the food. Therefore, it is best to have all your ingredients prepared and ready to quickly add to the pan, once the oil is hot.

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