During confinement, twice a day I would have the wine soup consisting of only kampong chicken, old ginger (loads of it), sesame oil and wine (not even water to dilute the wine a little). That worked out to almost 2 bottles of rice wine a day. It is a wonder I didn't turn alcoholic after 5 confinements and how did I manage to stay sober during the 30 days of imprisonment? Or maybe I wasn't after all, happy hour for a whole month! That certainly helped to keep the post-natal depression at bay.
This version is very much toned down. I opted for the Cantonese-style with black fungus and goji but omitted the mushroom as I find it overpowering (I like to taste the wine in my soup).
1 kampong chicken, cleaned and chopped into pieces
2 thumb size old ginger root, wash off grits and flattened with side of chopper
1/2 cup black fungus, washed and soaked
2 T goji (wolfberries), washed
3-4 cups rice wine
1 T sesame oil
3-4 cups water
Heat sesame oil in wok, fry ginger until fragrant and add chicken.
Stir fry chicken pieces until color changed and aromatic, add in black fungus and water.
Bring to boil, lower heat to simmer for about 15 minutes or until chicken meat is tender.
Add in the rice wine, bring to boil and lastly, stir in the goji.
Dish out and enjoy with white rice and a simple stir-fried veg.
Note: The water and wine ratio is entirely flexible and so is the soupiness. My family like to drink the soup more than eat the meat and as there are still a few minors around I have to watered down the alcoholic content to a more legally acceptable level :-p.
I still prefer mine 100% rice wine...