Job's Tears Chicken Stew - Chinese Herbal Recipes. Job's Tears (yi yi ren) is a perfect example of a medicinal herb that is also a normal food item. Similar in appearance to pearl barley, but entirely different in nature, Job's Tears has a delicious nutty flavour and a potent nutritional profile. It eliminates dampness from the body, relieves arthritis and rheumatism, has diuretic properties, and is a nutritious food that is beneficial to both men and women, young and old alike. In this recipe, it is cooked with chicken, mushrooms, and ginger to produce a tasty tonic stew.
1 fresh chicken
2½ litres (10 cups) water
30 gm Job's Tears seed (yi yi ren), soaked in water overnight and drained
5 slices fresh ginger root, finely chopped
300 gm fresh mushrooms, stems discarded, caps sliced
3 spring onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons rice wine
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1. Clean and wash the chicken and cut it into bite-sized pieces. Place the chicken in a stockpot with the water, Job's Tears seeds and ginger, and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 2 hours until the chicken is tender.
2. Add all the other ingredients and return to a boil. Simmer for 2 more minutes and remove from the heat. Ladle into individual serving bowls and serve hot.
Note:- For a robust nutty flavour, add a dash of Chinese sesame oil to each serving bowl before ladling the stew into the bowls. Each serving may also be garnished with chopped coriander leaves (cilantro) or parsley.